What is a Tattoo Licence?
If you own or run a business and wish to carry out tattooing (including semi-permanent skin colouring) then you will need to apply for a tattoo licence with your local authority.
The law requires that premises operating a tattooing business, as well as mobile tattooist hold a valid tattoo licence. This is also regulated by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Please note that that tattooists are inspected annually by an enforcement officer and must a valid copy of their tattoo licence on display at all times.
How to apply for a Tattoo Licence?
You must provide details about yourself and your premises, including any previous convictions for practicing without a licence in this field, as well as pay a one-off registration fee. These are set by the council and vary from area to area.
You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.
A tattoo licence will be required by businesses or self-employed individuals operating either independently within premises or if you operate as a mobile business.
It is essential that cosmetic treatments like tattooing skin are carried out in safe and hygienic conditions in order to prevent the spread of infection amongst customers and those employed in the industry.
You will need to ensure that your procedures, equipment and facilities are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you run a tattooing business without having a valid tattoo licence.