If you are planning to work in England and Wales doing Microblading (MB)and Micropigmentation (MP) you will need a license called Tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence

This licence covers:

  • Tattooing
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring
  • Cosmetic piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Acupuncture

You must register both yourself and your premises with the local council.

In Greater London (except for the City of London), you must get a Special Treatments Licence from your council instead

If you apply by post or in person you must send a copy of your application to the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. You don’t need to do this if you apply online.


You can only work in the area where you’re licensed.

You must follow any local byelaws relating to staff hygiene and the safety and cleanliness of your premises, furniture, and equipment. Your premises will usually be inspected before you get your licence.

How to apply

You must provide details about yourself and your premises, as well as pay a one-off registration fee. These are set by the council and vary from area to area.

If approved, you will get a certificate of registration (or licence).

Registration lasts as long as you intend to work in the area. ( gov.co.uk)

* In London, however, you need to renew your licence regularly. This varies from area to area and can be every 18 months. You will have to pay a renewal fee.

Application Evaluation Process
In order to get the license you would need to follow a set of general condition for Special treatment license and requirement for MB and MP.

Some of the general conditions for a tattooing salon are:

  • The premises must be well ventilated an illuminated
  • The premises and facilities must be maintained in good repair and in a good state of cleanliness.
  • Only sterile single-use disposable needles may be used.
  • Staff must wear disposable gloves which are changes for each client.
  • A supply of the following must be maintained: Disposable non-latex gloves & Disposable single use needle.
  • Any equipment that is not disposable shall be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each use
  • Clients must be provided with information to explain:
    • The process of skin piercing or tattooing
    • The risks associated with the procedure
    • The aftercare requirements of the procedure

Each treatment room must have

    • A sink with hot and cold running water which uses non-hand operable taps (in some councils normal tap is acceptable)
    • A soap dispenser containing soap
    • A washable bench or chair with disposable paper sheets
    • A dispenser containing alcohol solution
    • A waste bucket with a pedal operated lid
    • A sharps container for storage of needles
    • A first aid kit

Other Health and Safety rules also applied:

  • Risk assessments ( if you have 5 staffs including yourself)
  • COSHH ( how to handle dangerous liquid )
  • Fire safety policy
  • Electrical safety procedures with electrical certificate and PAT testing certificate

Special requirement for Microblading and Micropigmentation in London:

+Each technician must have Level 4 VTCT certificate or equivalent in Microblading or Micropigmentation or both

More about the cost and route to get those VCTC certificate will be explained in next blog post

+ A specialise Autoclave (similar one that is used for dentist or in hospital) if you use reusable hand tools. If you do not have this Autoclave, then all the MB or MP tools must be single use only

+ Non latex gloves – in this case Nitrile glove or non-powder latex gloves can be used together if clients is check for latex allergy before treatments.

+ Only sterile pigment or ink pre-packed in single use vials may be used for the activity of MP or MB, you can get a smaller package for each treatment or get enough pigment for one use in a sterilise containers

+ Disposal of needle must be carried out by a professional clinical waste company. A valid contract would be needed for a license.

+ Clients consent Forms must contain specific information about how long the colour would stay on client skin

+ Printed after Care advice for each client to take home