Orkney Islands Council
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Skin Piercing and Tattooing Licence

A business which provides skin piercing or tattooing must be licensed.

What is Skin Piercing?

Skin piercing includes any of the following:

  • Acupuncture - the insertion of needles into living tissue for remedial or therapeutic purposes.
  • Cosmetic body piercing - the perforation of the skin and underlying tissue in order to create a tunnel in the skin through which jewellery may be inserted.
  • Electrolysis - the removal of body hair by electrocution of the hair roots with an electrified needle.
  • Tattooing  - the insertion into the skin of any colouring material designed to leave a semi-permanent or permanent mark including micro pigmentation.

On this page is all the information you will require to apply for a Skin Piercing and Tattooing Licence.

If you require further information about this topic please contact the Licensing Team, Legal Services, on telephone: 01856873535 extensions 2229 or 2232 or via email.

If you would like to see someone in person to discuss a licensing matter please contact the Licensing Team to make an appointment.

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