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Cosmetic business permit

  • Introduction

    We register and inspect businesses that offer acupuncture, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, semi-permanent skin colouring or tattooing in the Belfast City Council electoral area.

    This registration is carried out under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

  • How do I apply to be registered?

    Any business offering acupuncture, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, semi-permanent skin colouring or tattooing must apply to be registered before they open up. Once registered a certificate of registration will be issued, which should be displayed in the premises.

  • How much does it cost to be registered?

    There is a one off fee of £25 per piercing treatment that must be paid on completion of the registration form. Once registered, there is no requirement to register annually, though routine inspections will be carried out. If you move premises or the business operator changes, you will be required to apply for a new registration and pay the £25 fee.

  • Register online

  • Register by post

    You can also request a copy of the registration form by calling us on 028 9027 0428 or emailing envhealth@belfastcity.gov.uk

    You can complete the application form and return it by post, along with the fee, to:

    Health and Safety Unit
    Belfast City Council
    The Cecil Ward Building
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    Belfast
    BT2 8BP

  • How do I comply with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1985?

    Bye laws have been made which set out the conditions that must be met to ensure that your business is run safely. To request a copy of the byelaws that are relevant to your business, email safety@belfastcity.gov.uk.

  • Queries and more information

    If you have any queries or complaints about the inspection or the registration process, or to find out if a cosmetic business is registered, please contact us.

    You can find more information

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