Tattooing & cosmetic piercing
Anyone offering tattoos, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture, electrolysis or semi-permanent colouring in Newport must be registered with Newport City Council.
Special procedures - a new licensing scheme by April 2020
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 2019 the charge for a personal or a premises application is £99.50.
Registered premises are inspected to make sure they are safe and hygienic with minimal risk of infection.
Intimate piercing - new law from 1 February 2018
It is now illegal to perform an intimate piercing including the tongue, breast or genitalia) on anyone under 18 years of age in Wales.
Read more about the Public Health (Wales) Act
Unregistered premises, ‘scratchers’ and complaints
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 email@example.com or call 01633 656656