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Published on November 10, 2016. Last modified on August 01, 2019
What is body Art?
Body art practices include tattooing, body, piercing, branding, and application of permanent cosmetics.
Who needs a permit?
A facility where body art services will be performed requires a permit from the Monterey County Health Department. Anyone who provides a body art services and meets the minimum standard to become a registered practitioner must also be registered.List of Approved Operators & affiliated body art facility
Safe Body Art Act
California’s Safe Body Art Act, revised January 1, 2014, provides minimum standards for persons and businesses engaged in performance of tattooing, body piercing, branding and the application of permanent cosmetics in California. These requirements are intended to protect both the practitioner and the client from transmission of infectious diseases through the application of proper body art procedures and the control of cross-contamination of instruments and supplies.
The local enforcement agency (LEA) enforces California’s Safe Body Art Act with a registration and inspection program for both body art operators and body art facilities. This program ensures that state minimum standards are met prior to operators and facilities providing services to the public within Monterey County. A required annual inspection also ensures continued compliance.California Safe Body Art Act PDF
Forms and Applications
Monterey County Health Department Body Art Inspection Program Application Packet
Application for Body Art
Hepatitis B Declination Statement
The blood borne pathogen (BBP) trainings listed here meet the minimum standards for BBP training for body art per California Health and Safety Code, section 119307 (Safe Body Art Act, AB 300).
This plan check list is provided as a guidance to assist the facility owner/ operator to open a body art shop that will meet public health and safety requirements established by California’s Safe Body Art Act (AB 300). The applicant must complete Parts A and B prior to providing services to the public.
List of mail-back systems approved by the California Department of Public Health
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