Body Art

No. Health Permits are non-transferable.

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.

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

Please see our current fee schedule.

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

Please see our current fee schedule.

Submit to EHS electronically or paper 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. A health permit will only be issued after plan review and field inspections have determined that the proposed body art facility and its method of operation conforms to the Safe Body Art Act. The Body Art Facility Plan Review Packet and Infection Prevention and Control Plan Guideline are available in the Body Art section of our website.

The Division of Environmental Health Services (EHS) is the local enforcement agency for the Safe Body Art Act. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact EHS at (800) 442-2283.

On October 9, 2011, 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.

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