Body Art Program

Butte County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Division, is designated as the local enforcement agency in a new state law, the Safe Body Art Act, that became effective on July 1, 2012. The Safe Body Art Act is an excerpt from the California Health and Safety Code and regulates the performance of tattooing, body piercing and permanent cosmetics in permanent facilities, vehicles and temporary events.

The new Safe Body Art Act requires body art practitioners (tattoo artist, body piercer or permanent cosmetician) to do the following:

1. Complete the Body Art Practitioner Registration Application
2. Attach proof of Hepatitis B vaccination
3. Provide a copy of your Blood borne Pathogen Training certificate
4. Make an appointment for a photograph to be taken for your registration identification card
5. Pay required fees.

The new Safe Body Art Act requires body art facilities (tattoo, body piercing and permanent cosmetic shops) to do the following:

1. Complete the Body Art Facility Registration Application
2. Complete the Plan Check (new facilities only)
3. Pay required fees.

In addition to permitting body art facilities and registering body art practitioners, the new Body Art Program will perform annual inspections, review construction plans and inspect new and remodeled facilities, and investigate complaints regarding violations of the Safe Body Art Act.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Amanda Aguiar, REHS, at (530) 538-5327 or

Butte County Public Health Department
202 Mira Loma Dr, Oroville CA, 95965