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Environmental Health Division
Environmental Health Division

Tattooing, Body Piercing and Permanent Cosmetics

AB 300 the Safe Body Art Act was enacted on January 1, 2012 and takes full effect on July 1, 2012.  The Safe Body Art Act requires the registration of body art practitioners and the permitting and inspection of both permanent and temporary body art facilities, and the notification of operation of mechanical ear piercing businesess.  This law applies to all body art facilities which includes tattoos, branding, permanent cosmetics and piercing.

The links below contain application, registration and permit requirements for Practioners, Permanent Facilities and Temporary Events as well as the complete text of the law.

• Body Art Application Packet  (PDF Version)

• Safe Body Art Act (AB 300) (PDF Version)

The Application for Registration forms can be obtained by contacting the Environmental Health Division at (510) 981-5310 and TDD (510) 981-6903, or by sending an email to  The Application forms are also available from this page, but only as PDF documents.  Print and deliver or mail the completed Application forms to the Environmental Health Division at 2180 Milvia Street, Second Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704.

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