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  • GBN
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    Tattoo Studio

    I was wondering if this would be the policy/thoughts of all councils in the UK.Does anybody have any answers?

    Originally posted by Planner View Post
    Tattoo studios, from a planning perspective, are not akin to A1 shops. Shops sell retail goods, are normally set out like a shop, and the services provided take place on the shop floor.

    What retail goods do Tattoo studios sell? possibly a couple of earings and belly rings if they do piercings, but this is most deffinatley ancillary to the main use. I must admit Ive never walked into a tattoo shop (and by the way I have a tattoo!) and seen the tattooing service being provided there in the waiting area in full view of everyone, like you would get in say a hairdressing salon, its always in a private back room.

    The shop fronts of tattoo studios are normally very different than A1 uses. A1 uses generally have window displays of goods or at the very least you can see inside to the goods/services on offer. Tattoo studios shop fronts are normally opaquly glazed with limited visability inside.

    A1 uses are normally open at regular business hours (i.e. Monday to Saturday 9 till 5.30). Tattoo studios normally have quite odd opening hours and are often not open on a selected day or days of the week (not Sunday).

    Theres also sometimes the perception of crime and antisocial behaviour assoicated with tattoo studios, which you wounldnt get with a superdrug or WH Smiths for example, so not really a use you want in your prime town centre retail area. Having these less desirable uses as sui-generis means that shop owners cant simply chop and change without planning consent, it gives planners a certain, appropriate, level of control.

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  • Lawcruncher
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    Planner makes some telling points about tattoo studios.

    The wording in the Use Classes Order that introduces the list says:Use for all or any of the following purposes. That means the list is exhaustive and not indicative. That creates certainty, but inevitably some perfectly respectable high street uses are left out; photographic studios, heel bars and key-cutting spring to mind and beauty salons have been mentioned above.

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  • Planner
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    Beautician's, like hairdressers should be A1 or sometimes D1, depending on the range and type of services offered.

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  • mind the gap
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    What classification of use would a beautician's premises come under?

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  • Planner
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    Tattoo studios, from a planning perspective, are not akin to A1 shops. Shops sell retail goods, are normally set out like a shop, and the services provided take place on the shop floor.

    What retail goods do Tattoo studios sell? possibly a couple of earings and belly rings if they do piercings, but this is most deffinatley ancillary to the main use. I must admit Ive never walked into a tattoo shop (and by the way I have a tattoo!) and seen the tattooing service being provided there in the waiting area in full view of everyone, like you would get in say a hairdressing salon, its always in a private back room.

    The shop fronts of tattoo studios are normally very different than A1 uses. A1 uses generally have window displays of goods or at the very least you can see inside to the goods/services on offer. Tattoo studios shop fronts are normally opaquly glazed with limited visability inside.

    A1 uses are normally open at regular business hours (i.e. Monday to Saturday 9 till 5.30). Tattoo studios normally have quite odd opening hours and are often not open on a selected day or days of the week (not Sunday).

    Theres also sometimes the perception of crime and antisocial behaviour assoicated with tattoo studios, which you wounldnt get with a superdrug or WH Smiths for example, so not really a use you want in your prime town centre retail area. Having these less desirable uses as sui-generis means that shop owners cant simply chop and change without planning consent, it gives planners a certain, appropriate, level of control.

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  • Lawcruncher
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    I think the point is that when one looks at the list of uses specified for A1 it is difficult to come up with a cogent argument as to why a tattoo studio should not also be included.

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  • jeffrey
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    Consider D1 as well: it includes various non-residential uses, amongst which is "provision of any medical or health services except...attached to the residence of the consultant or practitioner"? Might tattooing fall within those categories?

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  • Planner
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    Tattoo studio would be Sui-Generis. Its not really like a A1 hair dressing use is it?!

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  • Lawcruncher
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    If hairdressing is included it seems reasonable that tattooing should be included, but that does not mean it is included. Whoever drafted the Use Classes Order just did not think about tattooing.

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  • pdk
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    As a hairdresser is A1 I feel that this use would also be A1... but double check with your council first..... you Can get a Certificate of Lawful Development to confirm this if you're worried...

    Peter

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  • Lawcruncher
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    My initial reaction is that a tatto studio will not come under class A1, but be "sui generis" i.e. not included in any class use.

    Class A1 is:

    Use for all or any of the following purposes—
    (a) for the retail sale of goods other than hot food,
    (b) as a post office,
    (c) for the sale of tickets or as a travel agency,
    (d) for the sale of sandwiches or other cold food for consumption off the premises,
    (e) for hairdressing,
    (f) for the direction of funerals,
    (g) for the display of goods for sale,
    (h) for the hiring out of domestic or personal goods or articles,
    (i) for the reception of goods to be washed, cleaned or repaired,
    where the sale, display or service is to visiting members of the public.


    Tattooing would not seem to be included.

    If you do a google search "use class" "town and country" tattoo site:uk it will throw up a number of applications/decisions which indicate that a tattoo studio is sui generis. I only found one (I only checked the first two pages) that suggested it was A1: http://tinyurl.com/63otkx and then it was only in a list of neighbouring uses.

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  • krisdt
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    Tattoo studio what classification?

    From the research I have done I am pretty sure that a tattoo studio would be classed as A1 (which the property already has) however I cant get a straight answer from our council as to whether my info is correct, Any one got a clear answer for me please
    TIA

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