Tattooing and Skin and Body Piercing Licence

Licence summary   
To run any form of skin piercing or tattooing business including acupuncture, ear and body piercing and electrolysis (whether from premises or mobile), a licence must be obtained from your local authority.

Please note that this licence runs on a 3 yearly basis, which at present is 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2018. The fee is reduced by a third on 1st July each year.

Make an application

Completing your application

How to apply

Apply online

Download an application form

Tattooing and skin and body piercing licence - application for new licence

Tattooing and skin and body piercing licence - application for renewal

Application for amendment to an existing licence

Your application must:

  • be completed using the application forms
  • include evidence of your knowledge, skill, training and experience in the field you wish to operate in
  • include where the applicant is company or partnership, this evidence must be submitted for each person employed to carry out the activity
  • include the application fee.

Detailed information of what should be submitted is included in these guidance notes

Regulation Summary         
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Schedule of conditions

Schedule of conditions - ear piercing

Fees

£268 (applicant with premises)
£216 (operator without premises)

Contact details

Telephone: 01546 604355 or licensing@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Argyll and Bute Council
Governance & Law
Licensing Section
Kilmory
Lochgilphead
PA31 8RT

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

You must be a fit and proper person and not be disqualified from holding a licence.

You must meet strict standards with regard to your:

  • premises
  • facilities
  • equipment

You may be exempt if you are a regulated health care professional. A licence is not required if the skin piecing activity is carried out by a regulated health care professional (such as the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council, the General Osteopathic Council and the General Chiropractic Council).



The Application ProcessThe Application process

 

We will visit and inspect your premises.

Public notice of the application may be given in a local newspaper and objections may be considered.

We may make such reasonable inquiries as we think fit and include the results of these inquiries in matters we take into account, but where we intend to include any of these results we will notify you.

You may be given the opportunity to make representations.

 

AppealsAppeals

 If you have made an application for a licence and it has been refused

You may ask us for the reasons for our decision to refuse your application within 21 days of the decision date.

You may appeal to the sheriff against the decision, within 28 days of the decision, as long as you have already followed any available procedure to state your case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff’s decision.

Appeals - Licence Holders

Appeals against the refusal of an application must be made to the Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde, Paisley Sheriff Court, St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2AW.

You may appeal if we decide to suspend a licence, not to renew a licence, or not to consent to material changes to the premises or vehicle used in the course of a licence holder's work. You may appeal against the decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as you have already followed any available procedure to state your case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, have:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff’s decision.

 

Objections or representationsObjections or representations

Objections or representations relating to a licence application may be made in writing to the licensing section, within 28 days of notice of the licence application being given, stating:

  • the grounds of the objection or nature of the representation
  • the name and address of the person making the representation

Police Scotland, or anyone who has made a relevant objection or representation regarding the licence, may appeal against a decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner