Body Art

Body Art COVID-19 Update

On June 15, California retired the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and as such body art facilities are operating as normal with no capacity limits or physical distancing required. Employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them.  All business owners and operators should be familiar with the most recent Cal/OSHA guidance. Should you have any questions about Body Art, call or text San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services at 1-800-442-2283. For more information about the novel coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at We hope you, your family and staff remain safe and healthy.

For State COVID-19 updates and guidance regarding face coverings, workplace safety, vaccinations, and other information regarding Safely Reopening California, please visit


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.

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.” 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. Please see the new application here.

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.

Consent Release Form

Consent Release Form for Clients Under 18 Years of Age

Medical Questionnaire Release Form


FDA – Warning Letters:

October 1, 2019 – Dynamic Color Inc

October 1, 2019 –  Color Art, Inc. DBA Solid Ink

October 1, 2019 – Intenze Products Inc.

FDA – Recalls and Voluntary Recalls:

May 21, 2019 – FDA Advises Consumers, Tattoo Artists, and Retailers to Avoid Using or Selling Certain Tattoo Inks Contaminated with Microorganisms

  • Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics (all lots distributed from 8/6/2018 through 10/1/2018) – Recall Completion Date 5/17/2019
  • Dynamic Color – Black tattoo ink manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc  (lots 12024090 and 12026090)
  • Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink manufactured by Color Art Inc. (dba Solid Ink) (dba Antone’s Ink) (lot 10.19.18)
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.