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Personal and Premises Registration

To carry out acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis or semi-permanent skin colouring both the premises and the person carrying out the work need to be registered with the Council.

(Registration is not required if carried out under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner)

The purpose of registration is to prevent infection of the person whose skin is pierced.  Registered skin piercing personnel and premises must comply with guidance and byelaws designed to prevent infection.

To request an application form please contact 0300 373 3730.  Once we have received the completed forms, registration will be determined within 20 working days.

Licence Fees 2024-25 Cost
Premises or Personal Registration of Tattooing, Electrolysis, Acupuncture, Cosmetic Piercing, Semi-
Permanent Skin Colouring (includes micropigmentation, dermo pigmentation, microblading, temporary 
tattooing, cosmetic tattooing)


Transfer of Registration (Premises)   


Miscellaneous Duplicate Items e.g. copy of licence etc - Administration

Cost of Officer Time - Statement of Fact (per hour)



Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme, launched in Carlisle on 10 April 2015, aimed at improving standards of tattooists and allowing the public to choose a tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene.

The scheme aims to:

  • Inform the public about the hygiene standards in the premises at the time of the most recent inspection;
  • Drive up standards and adoption of best practice across the industry; and
  • Reduce the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious disease from tattooing procedures

Participation in the scheme is by application.  Participating premises will be allocated a rating following a programmed inspection, and that rating can be displayed in the premises in certificate form and on the window of the premises in the form of a window sticker.

The premises will be re-rated on a programmed basis, but may be re-rated before the programmed inspection visit at the request of the operator of the premises and the discretion of the local authority.  

Premises will be rated into four categories;

  1. Needs Improvement
  2. Satisfactory
  3. Good
  4. Very Good

A comprehensive list of current Tattoo Hygiene Ratings for all premises participating in the scheme will be displayed on the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Website.

The following premises have been rated in Carlisle:

Premises Name

Verto Cosmetics Ltd


2nd Floor, 33 Bank Street, Carlisle, CA3 8HJ


4 Stars

Mikes Tattoos

7 London Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 2JU

4 Stars

Immortal Art Studio @ No 13

13 Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8SY

4 Stars

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