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Environmental Health Division - Body Art Program

Tattooing, Permanent Cosmetics, Body Piercing and Branding

The California Safe Body Art Act regulates tattooing, permanent cosmetics, branding, and body piercing. This law requires all body art practitioners to annually register with the Siskiyou County Environmental Health Division (EHD) and work from a permitted and inspected body art facility. Temporary body art events and mechanical ear piercing businesses are also regulated by the Safe Body Art Act.

The term “body art” refers to body piercing, tattooing, branding, and permanent cosmetics. Businesses that provide mechanical stud and clasp ear piercing (for example, hair salons or accessory stores offering ear piercing services) are treated differently than body art businesses.

All body art facilities and body artists are required to be permitted by EHD. Each permit has separate applications, fees, and requirements. In order to simplify the process of opening a body art facility, we have divided it into two categories: facility permitting and body artist registration.

For example, a person desiring to open a tattoo and/or piercing shop as the owner and sole employee would have to submit the following:

  1.  Submit plans and infection prevention control plan for the proposed shop  
  2.  Submit body art practitioner application  
  3.  Submit body art facility permit application

Another example: two tattoo artists, a body piercer, and a brander would have to go through the following:

  1. Submit plans and infection prevention control plan for one proposed shop  
  2. Each artist (4) would have to submit a separate body art practitioner application  
  3. Submit one body art facility permit application

All body art practitioners are required to register with EHD annually and will be required to provide the following:

  1. Hepatitis vaccination proof OR vaccination declination
  2. Completion of an OSHA-compliant and EHD-approved blood-borne pathogen course
  3. Proof that the body artist is 18 years of age or older

Body Art Resource Center

Resource Title Downloadable File Type
Approved Bloodborne Pathogen Trainings Download File Guide
Body Art Facility Infection Prevention & Control Plan Guideline Download File Application
Body Art Facility Plan Check Application & Guide Download File Application
Body Art Practitioner Application Download File Application
CA Safe Body Art Act Download File Other