Body piercings and UK legalities

In Britain, piercing laws are put in place to protect young people under the age of sixteen. A piercer, or an allowing parent, can be charged with indecent assault if a minor under age sixteen receives genital and/or nipple piercing. For piercings elsewhere on the body, these youngsters must have an accompanying consenting parent or guardian. Similarly, proof of ID is required up to age eighteen.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1982 expects local councils to maintain a register of piercers upholding health and safety standards. If searching for a piercer, it is best to contact your local council for advice.

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