Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme Rules

  • All premises offering tattooing are eligible to apply to participate in the scheme. To join you must accept the rules of the Scheme
  • Irrespective of any other services offered by the premises the scheme will apply to the tattooing / semi-permanent makeup procedure only
  • Tattooing / semi-permanent makeup premises will be rated by the inspecting officer in accordance with the rating scheme following a programmed or initial inspection
  •  Where, in consequence of conditions found at the time of the initial inspection the inspecting officer requires remedial works or action to be taken at the request of the operator, the rating may be deferred to allow the works or action to be undertaken and the premises shall be rated upon the completion of the works
  • Upon the THRS rating being awarded, we will give the operator of the premises a certificate and window sticker indicating the date of the inspection and the rating awarded. The operator of the premises may display the certificate within the premises to which it relates and may display the window sticker in a prominent position on a window, door or other entry to the premises to which it relates where it will be readily seen by potential purchasers
  • The certificate and window sticker remain our property and must be returned on demand
  • A list of all participating premises in Wales / England having a rating awarded under the THRS will be maintained on the website
  • We may display rating of tattoo / semi-permanent makeup premises within our Dover district on our website as may
  • Owners of premises with a THRS rating may refer to or display their current rating on advertising material and websites should they wish to do so
  • Where an operator of premises displays a THRS certificate or sticker that is no longer valid through its being superseded, or claims in any advertising material display or manner to be the holder of a THRS rating that is incorrect or makes any claim with regard to the scheme that is misleading in any material particular he shall be liable to prosecution under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008
  • Operators of premises holding current THRS rating may apply to be re-rated, but may not do so until 3 months after the most recent inspection
  • Owners of premises may ask us to re-rate their premises where they are of the view that the rating currently awarded to the premises no longer reflects the conditions existing there. 
  • Where an operator of premises is aggrieved by the THRS rating awarded to their premises, they may appeal. The grounds under which an appeal may be made are:
    • That the rating allocated to the premises does not properly reflect conditions existing within it at the time of the rating visit
    • That the rating criteria were incorrectly applied
  • The appeal must be made in writing within 28 days of the notification of the THRS rating and must state the grounds upon which the appeal is founded. 


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