Skin piercing and tattooing licence

A skin piercing and tattooing licence is required for the carrying on of a business involving the following activities; acupuncture, cosmetic body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing.  Regulated health care professionals are exempt from applying for this type of licence.

If an individual is employed and the employer has a licence for the carrying on of the business then the individual can work under the employer’s licence.  If the individual carrying out the act of skin piercing or tattooing is self employed they should have their own licence.

Skin Piercing and Tattooing can be carried out from premises (where the customers visits the business) or on a mobile basis (where the business travels to the customer).  There is also the option to operate using a combination of premises and mobile trading but full details must be provided on the application form.  If more than one premises are in use, a Notice (SPT2) must be displayed at each premises and a Certificate of Compliance (SPT3) must be completed for each premises.

Further details on the legislation governing this type of licence can be found by clicking on the Useful Links below - Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

How to Apply

You can apply for a skin piercing and tattooing licence online.

For more information on

  • how to submit an application
  • the documentation and fee required
  • the application process
  • the time it takes to process your application
  • the standard conditions attached to a Skin Piercing & Tattooing licence

please consult the “application pack” publication below.



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