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Tattooing and Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring Registration

A tattoo is a marking made by inserting ink into the layers of skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. Tattoos are a type of decorative body modification. Types of semi-permanent skin colouring and skin micropigmentation are also classed as tattooing.

Since tattoo instruments come in contact with blood and bodily fluids, diseases may be transmitted if the instruments are used on more than one person without being sterilised. Infections that can be transmitted by the use of unsterilised tattoo equipment or contaminated ink include surface infections of the skin, herpes simplex virus, tetanus, staphloccus, fungal infections, some forms of hepatitis, tuberculosis and HIV. It is also illegal to tattoo people who are under 18 years of age under The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 (enforced by the Police).

We are proud to operate a Hygiene Rating Scheme for any business offering tattooing and semi-permanent skin colouring

Contact Us

Environmental Safety and Health
3-5 St James's Road

Telephone: 0300 555 2345

Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 8.45am to 5pm
Offices are closed on weekends and bank holidays.