What We Do
We register practitioners and inspect tattoo, permanent cosmetics, and body piercing facilities to minimize the spread of disease. Each body art facility (permanent, mobile, and temporary) in a city or the unincorporated County area is required to obtain a valid health permit from EHS before body art activities can be performed.
Body Art Facilities – Sample Forms
The following documents are sample forms that body art facilities in San Bernardino County may use. Please note that in each document, areas highlighted in yellow may be edited by the user.
The Safe Body Art Act
California law states that “every person engaged in the business of tattooing, body piercing, or permanent cosmetics is required to register in the county in which that business is conducted.”
On October 9, 2011, Assembly Bill 300, otherwise known as the Safe Body Art Act, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown with an effective date of July 1, 2012. The Safe Body Art Act was amended October of 2013, going into effect January 1, 2014. The purpose of this law is to provide statewide standards for the oversight and regulation of persons engaged in the business of tattooing, body piercing, application of permanent cosmetics, and branding. View the Safe Body Art Assembly Bill No. 1168 for further information.
Body Art Practitioner
A “practitioner” is defined as a person who performs body art on a client. These activities include tattooing, body piercing, application of permanent cosmetics, and branding. A Body Art Practitioner in a city or the unincorporated County area is required to register annually with EHS before body art activities can be performed. Inspections will be conducted regularly by EHS to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Body Art?
A: Body Art means body piercing, tattooing, branding, or application of permanent cosmetics.
Q: When was the Safe Body Art Act enacted?
A: On October 9, 2011, Safe Body Art Act was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown with an effective date of July 1, 2012. The Safe Body Art Act was amended October of 2013, going into effect January 1, 2014.
Q: Who is the Local Enforcement Agency for the Safe Body Art Act in San Bernardino County?
A: The Division of Environmental Health Services (EHS) is the local enforcement agency for the Safe Body Art Act. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact EHS at (800) 442-2283.
Q: What is the requirement to obtain a Body Art Health Permit for a new body art facility or for a facility planning a remodel?
A: Submit to EHS electronically or paper plans of the proposed body art facility, a copy of the facility’s Infection Prevention Control Plan (IPCP), a complete Application for Health Permit and applicable fee. A health permit will only be issued after plan review and field inspections have determined that the proposed body art facility and its method of operation conforms to the Safe Body Art Act. The Body Art Facility Plan Review Packet and Infection Prevention and Control Plan Guideline are available in the Body Art section of our website.
Q: What is the fee for Body Art Facility Health Permit?
A: Please see our current fee schedule.
Q: What is the requirement to be registered as Body Art Practitioner in San Bernardino County?
A: In order to obtain registration, body art practitioners must submit to the Division of Environmental Health Services (EHS) a complete application and applicable fee for body art registration, evidence of completion of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen training (trainers must be approved by the County of San Bernardino), valid photo identification (applicant must be at least 18 years of age) for first-time registrants, and evidence of Hepatitis B requirement. The Hepatitis B requirement can be met in one of the following ways:
- Evidence of current hepatitis B vaccination (including boosters) or
- Comply with current Federal OSHA hepatitis B vaccination declination requirement or
- Demonstrate hepatitis B immunity
Q: What is the fee for Body Art Practitioner Registration?
A: Please see our current fee schedule.
Q: How often do the Health Permit and the Body Art Registration have to be renewed?
A: Both the Health Permit and the Body Art Registration shall be renewed annually.
Q: Can I use my body art practitioner registration in another county?
A: A valid and current registration issued by a local enforcement agency shall be valid in any other jurisdiction for no more than five consecutive days, or 15 days total, in any one calendar year.
Q: Is the Health Permit transferable?
A: No. Health Permits are non-transferable.