Renfrewshire Council

Skin piercing and tattooing licence

If you run a business anywhere in Renfrewshire which carries out any of the following activities, you need a licence from the council:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic body piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Tattooing (permanent or semi permanent, including micro pigmentation)

How do I apply for a licence?

The Council introduced a new system for receiving applications for grant and renewal of these licences.  Applications are submitted electronically with supporting documents being uploaded and verified.  Payment will also be made via the system.  Once confirmed in order, licence holders will receive the form electronically to print, sign and return to the Council to allow the application to be accepted and processed.  Please note that until the signed application form is received in the Council your application has not been submitted.

Apply for a skin piercing or tattooing licence

Guidance notes and conditions of licence can be downloaded under related documents.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.


What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

The application form and the relevant fee.

Do I need to do anything once my application is lodged?

Applicants must display a public notice at the proposed premises as soon as the application has been lodged. The display notice must be displayed for a period of 21 days together with a copy of the application. At the end of the 21 day period you must sign and return a certificate of compliance to confirm that you have displayed the notice for the statutory period.  These are contained within the application pack which can be found in the related content area of the website.

How much is the licence fee?

Information on fees for all licences can be found in the related content area of the website under civic application fees.

What criteria have to be met to apply for a licence?

There are no criteria to be met for this activity.

How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within 3 months and a decision made within 12 months.

Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Local Councillor, Community Councillor, Community Resources Section, Development and Housing Service and, where the premises are within Paisley Town Centre, the Town Centre Manager. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.

What happens if there if an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received, the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board. You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter of objection or representation will be sent out to you with the citation letter.

What conditions are attached to my licence?

The conditions of licence are contained within the Skin Piercing and Tattooing Pack which can be found in the related content area of the website.

A copy of the conditions of licence for skin piercing and tattooing will be issued to you if your licence is granted. The council requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions and they should be kept as they form part of your licence.

How long does the licence last for?

Applications for the grant of a licence are generally granted for a period of one year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period.