Consultation on new byelaws. 17 October to 13 November 2022. This consultation is closed.

This consultation was for providers and users.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 enables Herefordshire Council to make byelaws in relation to the practice of tattooing, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis.

View the current byelaws

These byelaws are aimed at protecting public health by reducing the risks associated with the type of skin treatments being offered. There is the potential risk of transmission of blood borne viruses (BBV), for example Hepatitis B and C, as well as other potentially serious skin infections, potential physical damage and bleeding if the treatment is not undertaken correctly.

The Department of Health has produced a single consolidated byelaw that authorities can adopt combining acupuncture, ear piercing, electrolysis and tattooing with semi-permanent tattooing and cosmetic piercing.

We would like to adopt the wider hygiene controls that are in the Local Government Act and the single consolidating byelaw.

Download the proposed new byelaws

Closing date

The consultation closed on Sunday 13 November 2022.

How we will use your comments

Your responses will enable officers to consider whether the byelaws should be changed.

Published: 17th October 2022