Skin Piercing, Acupuncture and Tattooing Licence

To run any form of skin piercing or tattooing business including acupuncture, ear and body piercing and electrolysis (whether from premises or mobile), a licence must be obtained from us.

You may be exempt if you are a regulated health care professional. A licence is only required for “the carrying on of a business which provides skin piercing or tattooing.” Therefore a licence is not required if the service is being provided for a purpose other than a business one.

Eligibility Criteria

Your application must be in writing (including by electronic means), in the form specified by us. 

You must be a fit and proper person and not be disqualified from holding a licence.

You must meet strict standards with regard to your:

  • premises
  • facilities
  • equipment

Renewal of a licence

Please note it is the licence holders responsibility to be aware of the expiration date of their licence and make a full renewal application a minimum of 30 days before their existing licence expires. Failure to apply in a timely manner could result in requiring a new grant application which may be a higher cost to the applicant.


Standard conditions (below) applied to the relevant licence type on the granting of the licence. Environmental Health will check compliance with these requirements.

Acupuncture (pdf)
Ear Piercing (pdf)
Electrolysis (pdf)
Skin Piercing (pdf)
Skin Piercing & Tattooing (pdf)
Tattooing (pdf)

We may make such reasonable inquiries as we think fit and include the results of these inquiries in matters we take into account, but where we intend to include any of these results we must notify you.

You may be given the opportunity to make representations.

Read our Guidance Notes (PDF) for more information before completing a form.

Please note you will now need to provide evidence / copies of any training certificates, refresher courses or on the job training etc. with you application or renewal application 

Application Form (PDF) Application Form (Word)

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from The Moray Council by the end of the target completion period.


There will be a fee for applying and renewing this licence.

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