Amnesty for illegal tattoo artists announced

Business / 24 Aug 2015

Following a recent warning to residents about illegal tattooists, the council has received a number of new complaints about unregistered tattoo artists operating in the city.

The council’s Environmental Health team will now be holding an amnesty to allow illegal tattoo artists, also known as scratchers, to come forward and make contact with officers without fear of legal action.

The amnesty will run from today (Monday 24 August) until Friday 11 September 2015.

The team will then work with the tattooists to ensure that they understand what procedures need to be put in place to prevent the risk of infection from blood borne viruses.

Under the law, tattooists must be registered with the city council. As part of the registration process an officer would visit to ensure that the practitioner has controls in place to prevent infections such as HIV or hepatitis.

Samantha Olive, principal environmental health officer at Peterborough City Council, said: "Our aim was to get the message out that getting a tattoo from an unregistered tattooist is a big risk to your health. So we appreciate those residents that have contacted us about concerns they have with other scratchers operating in the city.

“We hope that illegal tattooists will now come forward and talk to us about how they should be operating and ultimately become fully registered.

“If they don’t we will take the appropriate legal action against them in order to protect members of the public.”

If you are currently operating as a tattooist but are not registered please contact the team at or call 01733 747474.