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What We do
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 DEHS before
body art activities can be performed.
Information about 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.
to view a copy of the new law.
Sample Forms for Body Art Facilities
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
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 DEHS before body art activities can be performed.
Inspections will be conducted regularly by DEHS to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Body Art Practitioner Packet
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Trainers Approved by County of San Bernardino
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training Program Evaluation
Body Art Plan Review
Body Art Facility Plan Review Packet
Infection Prevention and Control Plan Guideline
CDPH Permitted Medical Waste Transfer Stations and Treatment Facilities
Mobile Body Art Facility Packet
Temporary Body Art
Temporary Body Art Facility Packet