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Whether you practice acupuncture, give electrolysis or undertake tattooing, semi-permanent make up or any form of body piercing, you must be registered with the Licensing Department at Mid Devon District Council.

Both the person(s) carrying out the procedure and the premises where it is undertaken must be registered.* It is an offence under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to undertake any of these procedures without registering the person and premises first.

The byelaws that specify the standards practitioners and premises must meet can be found below under further information.

*unless the procedure is undertaken under the supervision of a medical practitioner 

Further information

We have adopted byelaws which must be complied with. The following Department of Health guidance is also available:




Apply online: Acupuncture, tattooing, ear/body piercing and electrolysis online application

Download: Acupuncture, tattooing, ear/body piercing and electrolysis application form

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