Tattooing, Piercing, Acupuncture & Electrolysis

If you are unable to use any documents or require alternative formats, please contact us on 0300 456 0107 or email at for assistance.

Anyone who wishes to carry out any form of skin piercing, (ear piercing, electrolysis, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin colouring or tattooing), needs to be registered with Wiltshire Council. Both the premises and the person carrying out the piercing need to be registered.

Special treatment registration (skin piercing/tattooing/acupuncture/electrolysis/semi-permanent skin colouring2022-2023
Skin piercing - initial application (premises & one person)£180
Skin piercing - Transfer of premises registration£180
Skin piercing - additional persons£45
Skin piercing - additional activity£80
Skin piercing - change of home address (NOT premises)£18

Skin piercing

Application forms

Premises and person application (PDF) [163KB] (opens new window)

Additional persons application (PDF) [122KB] (opens new window)


For those wishing to have a tattoo, visit Think it through before having a tattoo for advice.

Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS)

Wiltshire Council has adopted the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme and all those registering will be expected to follow the guidance, undertake an audit and can review their premises and procedures before they have a final rating.

Further information is available on the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Reporting 'Scratchers'

'Scratcher' is the term commonly used for illegal tattooists. 'Scratchers' are deemed to be operating illegally because they may be working from premises which are not registered or inspected by the council for safety and hygiene. They often tattoo in kitchens, bedrooms or other unsuitable environments.

They may use equipment which has been purchased from auction websites rather than a suitable trade supplier.

If you know anyone tattooing illegally, let us know using the "Report an Illegal Tattooists" form below and we will investigate. We take illegal tattooing very seriously. Where necessary we will stop illegal tattooing, sometimes with the assistance of the police, and anyone found to be breaking the law can face prosecution.

For any further information or concerns, please contact the Food and Safety Team at or telephone 01225 770411.

Report an Illegal Tattooist form (PDF) [137KB] (opens new window)