Tattooing & cosmetic piercing

Anyone offering tattoos, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture, electrolysis or semi-permanent colouring in Newport must be registered with Newport City Council.

If you work from premises they must also be registered, this is a legal requirement under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

From 1 April 2017, it costs £92 for either a personal or premises application. 

Apply to register a person or premises

Registered premises are inspected to make sure they are safe and hygienic with minimal risk of infection. 

Unregistered premises, ‘scratchers’ and complaints 

6 May 2015: Clients who used a piercing and tattoo studio in Newport have been offered precautionary health checks...

Illegal, unregistered tattooists - also known as ‘scratchers’ - and unregistered premises pose an increased risk of clients developing allergic reaction, scarring and infections such as HIV and hepatitis and may lead to serious skin infections requiring medical treatment.

Please report any concerns about illegal tattooists or unregistered premises to or call 01633 656656.