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This pages contains lists of premises that have been registered with Preston City Council for Skin Piercing Activities.
Lists of registered premises are located under "documents". We aim to update these lists quarterly.
It is a legal requirement that business undertaking skin piercing activities (Tattooing, Semi-permanent make-up, Acupuncture, Electrolysis and Cosmetic Piercing) register with the Council.
Premises that are registered are subject to routine hygiene and cleanliness checks. Members of the public can take confidence that premises which are registered have demonstrated to the Council that they have sufficient knowledge and suitable procedures in place to prevent the spread of infections & disease.
Go to the Council's skin piercing registration page.
Tattooing equipment is now more readily available and people think that its easy to set up and 'have a go' without appreciating the risks. Unhygienic conditions and equipment can lead to the spread of blood borne infections such as HIV and Hepatitis. Poor hygiene procedures can lead to infections within the tattoo which can cause complications when healing and scarring to occur. Cheap or ill maintained equipment can lead to poor quality artwork and increased pain during the tattoo process.
The artwork of many scratchers can also be very poor, leaving clients with poorly drawn or embarrassing tattoo's for life.
You should contact the Council and we can make further enquiries. We will keep your details confidential.
The Council draws its powers from various legislation such as Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, The Health Protection (Part 2A Orders) Regulations 2010, The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. The Council can obtain warrants to enter both domestic and commercial premises, obtain orders to seize and destroy equipment, serve notices to prohibit activities and prosecute offenders.
Yes, recent cases are listed below;
On 13th April 2016, Stephen Vickers, of Dorman Road, Preston was fined £1320 for two offences; failing to register as a tattooist with the Council and failing to register his premises with the Council. He was also ordered to pay £330 costs and a £66 victim surcharge. When officers gained entry to his home on 20th November 2015, they found a large amount of tattooing equipment and unhygienic conditions.
On 16 March 2016, Vanessa Filipa Vitorino of Dundonald Street, Preston was fined £440 for two offences; failing to register as a tattooist with the Council and failing to register her premises with the Council. She was also ordered to pay £330 costs and £44 Victim surcharge. When officers gained entry to her home on the 2nd October 2015, they found a large amount of tattooing equipment and unhygienic conditions. Go to the Lancashire Evening Post story Warning issued as illegal tattooist slapped with fine for more information.
The Council would urge anyone who knows of any unregistered tattooists operating in Preston to come forward so we can ensure they are operating hygienically and not putting members of the public at risk.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.