Body Art Program

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The Safe Body Art Act

On October 9, 2011 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 300 the Safe Body Art Act. The Safe Body Art Act will require, among other things, the notification of operation of mechanical ear piercing businesses, the registration of body art practitioners and the permitting and inspection of both permanent and temporary body art facilities. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2012 however; practitioners will have until July 1, 2012 to come into compliance with the new law.

Click here for a summary of the Safe Body Art Act 

Click here for the Safe Body Art Act

Click here for the portion of the Penal Code related to Body Art

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Body Art Information

Disease can be spread through improperly sanitized equipment and facilities that provide tattoos, piercing, and permanent body cosmetics. Sanitation and safety conditions of these facilities are monitored through a registration, permitting and inspection program.


Individual Requirements  

An individual who practices tattooing, body piercing, or permanent body cosmetics must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must apply for registration with Yolo County Environmental Health
  • Must pay a registration fee set by Yolo County
  • Provide proof of completion of an approved Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Training
  • Proved a certificate of Hepatitis B vaccination, evidence of immunity, or a vaccination declination statement 


Facility Requirements

A facility which provides tattooing, body piercing, or permanent body cosmetics must meet the following requirements:
  • New facilities must submit plans and pay a plan check fee to Yolo County Environmental Health for approval prior to construction.  Click here for the Body Art plan check guide
  • Must submit a permit application and pay the associated fee to Yolo County Environmental Health
  • Must submit a copy of the facility Infection Prevention and Control Plan
  • Must comply with all local and state sanitation and safety requirements and regulations
  • All facilities are inspected annually


Contact Us

Yolo County Environmental Health Department
292 West Beamer Street
Woodland, CA 95695

Call: (530) 666-8646
Fax: (530) 669-1448

E-mail :


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