Effective July 1, 2012, Assembly Bill (AB) 300, the Safe Body Art Act, becomes effective throughout California. AB 300 supersedes the Los Angeles County Body Art Ordinance in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and the 14 cities where it was adopted. The Body Art Program enforces the Safe Body Art Act in all areas of Los Angeles County, except the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena, and Vernon.
The Safe Body Art Act regulates tattooing, branding, body piercing, and permanent makeup. The ordinance requires all body art practitioners to annually register with the County, obtain annual blood-borne pathogen training, provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination status, obtain specific health information from clients, and obtain “informed consent” from clients.
The Safe Body Art Act also requires the owner of a body art facility to obtain a Health Permit, operate the facility in a safe and clean manner, maintain written procedures for the operation of the facility, and maintain records of training and equipment sterilization. AB 300 also regulates the performance of body art at body art events, in temporary demonstration booths, and in vehicles.
The Body Art Program’s inspectors conduct annual inspections of body art facilities to determine compliance with the Safe Body Art Act and may suspend or revoke permits and registrations under specified conditions.
- Body Art Regulations
- Body Art Practitioner Registration
Body art practitioners who are currently registered with Los Angeles County are not required to re-register until their registration certificate expiration date or July 1, 2013, whichever occurs first. Due to the requirement of the Safe Body Art Act to register annually, all registrations issued prior to June 30, 2012, will expire on June 30, 2013.
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- Body Art Temporary Event
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