Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme aimed at improving standards of tattooists and allowing the public to choose a tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene.

The scheme aims to:

  • inform the public about the hygiene standards in the premises at the time of the most recent inspection;
  • drive up standards and adoption of best practice across the industry;
  • reduce the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious diseases from tattooing procedures; and
  • promote the use of reputable tattooists

Participation in the scheme is by application. Participating premises will be allocated a rating following an inspection. That rating can be displayed in the premises in certificate form and on the window of the premises in the form of a window sticker.

Premises will be rated into four categories:

1 – Needs improvement

2 – Satisfactory

3 – Good

4 – Very good

More detailed information on what is required to meet each category can be found in the THRS Rating Standards [PDF, 251Kb]

Apply for the THRS

You can apply for a premises rating online.

Alternatively, you can download and complete an application form [PDF, 263Kb] and returning it to the Food and Safety team.

Premises under the scheme will be inspected annually. Premises will be expected to follow the  rules of the scheme [PDF, 242Kb].

Rated tattoo premises in North Lincolnshire

A comprehensive list of current Tattoo Hygiene Ratings for all premises participating in the scheme nationwide will be displayed on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Cymru Wales website.

Premises that have been rated in North Lincolnshire are listed here:


Premises Address Date of Inspection Rating
Cat with the Tat 50 Wrawby Street, Brigg 21 November 2017 4
Ian Petrie Tattoo Studio 6 Elwes Street, Brigg 2 November 2017 4
Sinful Ink 188 East Common Lane, Scunthorpe 15 November 2017 4
ABH Tattooing 161 High Street, Scunthorpe 5 December 2017 4


Appeals process

If you feel your rating is wrong or unfair you can appeal in writing. To appeal, the operator of the premises must complete a THRS appeal form [PDF, 112kb], stating the reasons for the appeal and send it to the Food and Safety Team, Church Square House, PO Box 42, Scunthorpe, DN15 6XQ.

Alternatively, you can appeal your tattoo hygiene rating using our online form:

This must be done within 28 days of being told what your rating is. The grounds for appeal are:

  • That the rating allocated to the premises does not properly reflect conditions existing within it at the time of the rating visit, or
  • That the rating criteria were incorrectly applied.

Rating review

The operator of the premises may apply to be re-rated, but may not do so until three months after the THRS visit.

To apply to have your rating reviewed you must complete the THRS rating review form [PDF, 112KB], stating what remedial action you have taken, and send it to the Food and Safety Team, Church Square House, PO Box 42, Scunthorpe, DN15 6XQ.

Alternatively, you can apply for your premises to be re-rating using our online form:

Tel: 01724 297000



Food & Safety Team

Environmental Health

Church Square House

PO Box 42


North Lincolnshire  DN15 6XQ