Skin Piercing and Tattooing Licence

In terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, West Lothian Council operates a licensing scheme which is required to carry on a business where tattooing or skin piercing is being provided. The scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

The Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence. 

Which activities require a licence from the Council?

Who requires a licence from the Council?

How do you apply for a licence?

How do I make an objection or representation to a skin piercing and tattooing licence application?

How will my application be decided?

What if my details change or I no longer wish to hold my licence?

How do you complain about licence holders?