Special treatment premises licence

Apply for a licence


If you want to operate a business for tattooing, acupuncture, ear and cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, skin colouring, micro-needling, micro-blading, microdermabrasion, dry needling or any micro pigmentation the operator and the premises must be registered with Watford Borough Council.

How to apply

You can apply for the relevant licence using one of the links below:

Guidelines and byelaws

Applicants must comply with the Watford Borough Council bye-laws (PDF 142kB) made under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

You also need to have regard to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Tattooing and Body Piercing Toolkit.


  • £194.00 - Premises registration
  • £61.00 - Operator registration

Processing and timescales

An officer will inspect the premises, to ensure it complies with all the hygiene, health and safety regulations and to ensure the applicant is qualified and competent.

If the inspection is satisfactory, the registration will be issued within 28 days of receipt of the application.

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