Special treatments

Special treatments include tattooing, electrolysis, piercings, semi permanent skin colouring, and acupuncture. Havant Borough Council has adopted byelaws so that all operators and premises in the borough offering any of the ‘Special Treatments’ must be registered with Havant Borough Council.

In accordance with legislation, special treatments can only be carried out in a registered premises (retail or home studio) by a registered operator.  Mobile services carrying out special treatments on a client in their own home, is not permitted.

If you are a customer look for the certificates on the wall when visiting a premises offering any special treatments.

Registering a new premises or operator for special treatments

If you are looking to start up a new premises or operator for special treatments you must register with Havant Borough Council at least 28 days before opening. Registration applies to all businesses conducting acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing, ear piercing and electrolysis.

You can register with Havant Borough Council by completing the following form:

Once completed, please return by email to ehealth@havant.gov.uk.

Havant Borough Council Byelaws

Havant has adopted bylaws so that all operators and premises in the Borough offering acupuncture, tattooing, electrolysis, cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin colouring must be registered with Havant Borough Council.


Microblading is a form of tattooing; it is carried out using a blade, which is made up of a row of fine needles. The blade is dipped into a coloured pigment (ink) and then placed into the upper layer of the skin with a slicing motion to create fine hair like strokes. The results are natural looking fuller eyebrows.

The microblading procedure involves puncturing the skin and inserting a pigment (ink). If the microblading equipment is re-used between clients, it will become contaminated and can result in causing localised infection at the site of the puncture or the transmission of blood-borne viruses, for example, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV.  Allergic reactions to the pigment, numbing cream and ointments used as well as scarring from repeated procedures are also associated risks of microblading.

If you experience any symptoms of infection post-treatment (for example fever, swelling, tenderness, discharge), please seek medical advice and report your concerns to your Local Environmental Health Department.

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