Tattoos, sunbeds and minors
Tattoos, sunbeds and minors

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Tattoos, sunbeds and minors
  • Tattooing of minors
  • Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010
  • What is a restricted zone?
  • Due diligence defence
  • Exemption for medical treatment
  • Sentencing for S(R)A 2010 offence
  • Enforcement of S(R)A 2010 by local authorities
  • Offences by bodies corporate

Tattooing of minors

It is an offence to tattoo a person under the age of 18 except where the tattoo is performed for medical reasons by a qualified medical practitioner or by a person working under his direction. However, it is a defence for a person charged to show that at the time the tattoo was performed he had reasonable cause to believe that the person tattooed was of or over the age of 18 and did in fact believe so.

Tattoo means the insertion into the skin of any colouring material designed to leave a permanent mark.

Any person committing an offence shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level three on the standard scale (currently £1,000).

Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010

The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 (S(R)A 2010) seeks to prevent persons aged under 18 from using sunbeds. With a few exceptions, the Act provides for offences where a person who carries on a sunbed business fails to ensure that a person under 18 uses, or is offered the use of, one of the business' sunbeds on the business premises (an offence is still committed where the person aged under 18 did not go on to use the sunbed because, for example, the sunbed failed to work or the person changed their mind). A duty of enforcement is placed on local authorities and powers

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