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Body Art Program

On July 1, 2012, Assembly Bill (AB) 300, the Safe Body Art Act became effective throughout California. The Safe Body Art Act regulates tattooing, branding, body piercing, and permanent makeup. The new law requires all body art practitioners to annually register with the City, obtain annual bloodborne 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 events, in temporary demonstration booths, and in vehicles. 

Environmental Health 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 practitioners who are currently registered with Long Beach 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. Please refer to the following checklist for documents required to process the application/permit:


A Body Art Temporary Event application is required to apply/be permited for a temporary event held in the City of Long Beach. Please refer to the following temporary event checklist for documents required:

Article Related to Body Art: http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm316357.htm

For more information regarding our program and/or the application process, please contact us at  (562)570-4132.