A shared service delivering Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough Councils

Dermal licence for cosmetic piercing

Tattoo, acupuncture, ear piercing and electrolysis

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII requires that the following types of skin piercing need be registered with the council:

  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • ear-piercing and
  • electrolysis
  • cosmetic body piercing (Bracknell Forest only)
  • semi-permanent make-up (Bracknell Forest only)

The Act requires registration to cover both the person carrying out the practice and the premises used for that purpose.


Application forms for Wokingham and West Berkshire can be downloaded from Associated documents below. Completed application forms must be supplied with the appropriate fee to the relevant council:

West Berkshire: Licensing, Council Offices, Market St, Newbury, RG14 5LD or scanned and emailed to Licensing@westberks.gov.uk

Wokingham Borough: Licensing Team, Public Protection Partnership, Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WW or scanned and emailed to Licensing@wokingham.gov.uk

Bracknell Forest: 

To contact Bracknell Forest Licensing@bracknell-forest.gov.uk


For Wokingham Borough and West Berkshire, please view the current licensing Fees and charges to find out how much you will need to pay.


For Wokingham and West Berkshire applications, to pay by debit or credit card please use the dedicated payment line number 0330 131 9742 and then select Option 2. If paying by cheque please make payable to West Berkshire Council.

For a Bracknell Forest application, if you are paying by cheque please make your cheque payable to West Berkshire Council and post it to Applications Team, Public Protection Partnership, Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD

Associated documents

Woman with tattoos
Bracknell Forest
West Berkshire