Information about the scheme

The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme, and is supported by the Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and delivered by local authorities.

Participation in the scheme is by application. Premises participating in the scheme do so on a voluntary basis and may withdraw from it at any time. Participating premises and local authorities will be bound by the rules of the scheme.

Participating premises will be given a rating following their programmed inspection, which can be displayed on the premises in certificate form and in the window in sticker form. 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 relevant local authority.

A comprehensive list of current tattoo hygiene ratings for all premises participating in the scheme will be displayed on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website and on our website. You can also follow the schemes Twitter feed - @TattooHygiene

Objectives of the scheme

The objectives of the THRS are:

  1. Inform the public about the hygiene standards in the premises at the time of the most recent inspection,
  2. Drive up standards and adoption of best practise across the industry
  3. Reduce the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious disease from tattooing procedures

Operation of the scheme

This scheme compliments the registration scheme under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and in all cases the requirements of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 take precedence over the requirements of the THRS.

How to apply

You can apply for the scheme using the online application form or you can download the application form and complete it.

Please send downloaded/printed applications to the following address:

Occupational Health and Safety Team,
Public Protection,
Cheltenham Borough Council,
Municipal Offices,
GL50 9SA

Or if you prefer, email it to:

Request for revisit

You can request for revisit by using our online form or by downloading the application for revisit form and sending it to the address above.


The Cheltenham Borough Council fees for the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme are as follows:

Inspection and rating of premises: £100

Annual inspection of premises: £100

Re-rating of premises upon request from business: £50