Under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, anyone carrying on a business involving any of the following activities must be licensed:
- skin piercing
- semi-permanent skin colouring
How to apply
Before applying for a licence, please read the guidance advice note (Word, 30kb) on which procedures require licences and which do not, including dermaplaning and dermabrasion.
Complete and return a Skin Piercing and Tattooing application form (Word, 195kb).
Licence with premises: £358
Licence without premises: £301
Please include the fee with your completed application form. Cheques made payable to 'North Ayrshire Council'. If your applications is refused, or granted for a shorter period than you applied, the fee will not be refunded or reduced.
What happens next?
Once we have received your application:
- we'll arrange to carry out an inspection on your proposed premises (if applicable) to make sure they meet the required standards
- your application will be advertised on this website to allow members of the public to make any objections or representations
- if appropriate, you will have to display a Site Notice at or near the Premises.
How long does the licence last?
The licence is valid for 3 years from the date of issue, unless the Committee has decided on a shorter period. The expiry date is stated on the licence.
Renewing a licence
If you have applied for a renewal before the expiry date, you may continue trading after the expiry date has passed, for as long as it takes for us to deal with your renewal.