Skin piercing and tattooing licence

If you carry out any form of skin piercing or tattooing within North Lanarkshire, you'll need a licence from us to do so legally

The purpose of the licensing scheme is to regulate skin piercing and tattooing. This will introduce consistent controls over such businesses (whether fixed or mobile) in order to manage and reduce the risks faced by potential clients and practitioners in relation to health, specifically the transmission of blood borne viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Skin piercing includes acupuncture, cosmetic body piercing (including ear piercing) and electrolysis. Tattooing means the insertion into the skin of any colouring material designed to leave a semi-permanent or permanent mark including micro pigmentation.

Licence conditions relating to the activity of skin piercing and tattooing are detailed within The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006 and subsequent amendments. Details of these are contained within the appendices to the application form.

North Lanarkshire Council has approved additional conditions which are also detailed within the appendices to the application form.

The lodging fees for application for a three-year licence and for a renewal licence are detailed on the application form. The relevant fee is payable when the application is lodged and is not refundable.

Please view or download a pdf icon Skin Piercing Application Form [2Mb]. Completed applications should be sent to North Lanarkshire Council.

Applications will be determined within 12 months of the date of receipt.

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