You need to apply for a registration for Tattooing, Cosmetic Piercing, Ear Piercing, Acupuncture, Electrolysis, Semi Permanent Make Up and Microblading.

Unlike annual licences that need to be renewed each year, these registrations only need to be granted once. However, should there be a change of personnel carrying out these activities, then they will also need to be registered.

If it is your intention to carry out any skin piercing activities in other local authority areas e.g. on a mobile basis, then you may need to be registered in each local authority (council) area that you are likely to operate in.

Making an application

You can apply online by following the link provided on this page.


If you intend to carry out tattooing or cosmetic piercing then you need to work to the new guidance document Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance Toolkit (PDF File, 2,874kb)

This guidance document sets the standards and working practice that we expect all new and current tattooists and cosmetic piercers in the Newark and Sherwood area to achieve. Therefore you are asked to download and read this document and keep a copy of this guidance at the premises at all times. These standards should be implemented without delay. Progress made in the implementation will be checked on the next routine inspection.

Tattoo Hygiene Accreditation Scheme

Invasive body modifications and similar beauty treatments present a risk of infection and ill-health, particularly where treatments are not carried out in a suitable environment or in a hygienic manner.

Nottinghamshire's Hygiene Accreditation Scheme (HAS) is a voluntary scheme set up to improve and maintain hygiene and safety standards within premises offering Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Make Up and Cosmetic Body Piercing treatments.

This rating applies only to the hygiene and safety of the establishment and is not reflective of the skill or overall quality of the procedures carried out on the premises. All businesses who participate in the scheme are bound by the 'Scheme Rules'. The Scheme Rules including the Rating Schedule are available below.

The scheme assesses the hygiene and safety standards against criteria referred to as the 'Rating Schedule' (Appendix 1 to the scheme rules). The Rating Schedule has been devised using nationally recognised guidance including the Tattoo and Body Piercing Toolkit produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Environmental Health Officers will assess hygiene and safety standards against the Rating Schedule and award the premises a rating:

0 - Urgent improvement required
1 - Major improvement required
2 - Improvement required
3 - Satisfactory
4 - Very good
5 - Excellent

The scheme compliments the requirements to register under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

To achieve the best possible score, proprietors should refer to and utilise the 'Audit Tool' and 'Management System Guidance' documents in the download section.

How to apply

You can apply for membership to the scheme using the application form in the downloads section and post or email to Environmental Health. To process the application, you must return a completed form and pay the application fee online.

The fee for an inspection and rating is £120

Request for re-visit

You can request a re-visit by completing the revisit form in the downloads section and post or email to Environmental Health. The fee for a re-visit and re-rating is £60.

Please note that the fees can only be paid online.

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