Skin piercing and tattooing

The Council's Civic Government Appeals Board is the licensing authority for all licence applications including the licensing of skin piercing.

Licence summary

To offer skin piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing - both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be licensed by the Council.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must include any information required by the local authority.

Regulation summary

Payment details

A licence fee is payable:

  • £170 for 3 years
  • £43 for 6 weeks

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the 260 day period permitted for final determination of applications.

Apply for a Skin Piercing Licence

There are two ways of applying:

Failed application redress

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The Sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a Sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Licence holder redress

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local Sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The Sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • did not exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a Sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Consumer complaint

If you wish to appeal against a decision to grant a licence and you are a valid objector, you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The Sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • did not exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a Sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

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