Licence and permit applications

Skin piercing or tattooing

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006/43 states that a licence is not required for the carrying on of a business which provides skin piercing or tattooing in respect of carrying on of that activity before 1 April 2006; or for the carrying on of that activity by a regulated health care professional. A regulated healthcare professional means a member of a profession regulated by a body mentioned in section 25(3) of the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002. The bodies referred to in section 25(3) include:

(a) the General Medical Council,

(b) the General Dental Council,

(c) the General Optical Council,

(d) the General Osteopathic Council,

(e) the General Chiropractic Council,

(f) the General Pharmaceutical Council,

(g) subject to section 26(6), the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland,

     (ga) the Nursing and Midwifery Council,

     (gb) the Health and Care Professions Council, and

(j) any other regulatory body (within the meaning of Schedule 3 to the 1999 Act) established by an Order in Council under section 60 of that Act.

Licence period
3 years


  • New licence: £343
  • Renewal: £343