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Body Art FAQs

1.  What is Body Art?

Body Art means body piercing, tattooing, branding, or application of permanent cosmetics.

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2.  When was the Safe Body Art Act (Assembly Bill 300) approved?

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.

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3.  Who is the Local Enforcement Agency for the Safe Body Art Act in San Bernardino County?

The Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) is the local enforcement agency for the Safe Body Art Act.

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4.  What is the requirement to obtain a Body Art Health Permit for new body art facilities or facilities planning to remodel?

The requirement consists of submitting to the Division of Environmental Health Services the 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. However, a health permit will only be issued after an investigation has determined that the proposed body art facility and its method of operation meets the specifications of the approved plans or conforms to the Safe Body Art Act (AB 300) requirements. Thus, the first step in the process of obtaining a Body Art Health Permit is to submit plans and a copy of the IPCP. The Body Art Facility Plan Review Packet and Infection Prevention and Control Plan Guideline are available in the Body Art section of our website.

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5.  What is the fee for Body Art Facility Health Permit?

Please see our current fee schedule.

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6.  What is the requirement to be registered as Body Art Practitioner in San Bernardino County?

In order to obtain registration, body art practitioners must submit to the Division of Environmental Health Services 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


The Body Art Practitioner Packet is available in the Body Art section of our website.

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7.  What is the fee for Body Art Practitioner Registration?

Please see our current fee schedule.

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8.  How often do the Health Permit and the Body Art Registration have to be renewed?

Both the Health Permit and the Body Art Registration shall be renewed annually.

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9.  Can I use my body art practitioner registration in another county?

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.

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10.  Is the Health Permit transferable?

No. Health Permits are non-transferable.

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