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Environmental Health

Body Art Facility and Plan Check List   


This plan check list is provided as a guide to assist in opening a body art shop. The applicant must complete Parts A and B prior to providing services to the public.

Part A. To be submitted as part of the application package:

  1. Drawing of the shop showing the location of the procedure area, workstations, handwashing sinks, mop sink, employee bathroom, and the clean room (along with the placement of the ultrasonic cleaner and autoclave, if one is to be used). A clean room is not necessary if the establishment is using 100% single-use equipment. Drawing must identify materials used on the floors, walls, ceilings, etc (for example, whether concrete, laminate, or tile is to be used).Drawings must also list the following specifications:
    • Adequate lighting
    • Floors, walls and ceilings smooth, free of open holes, and washable.
    • Be free of insect and rodent infestation
    • Separate from nail or hair activities (if applicable)
    • Separate from any residential areas in the same building.
    • Drawings do not need to be done by an architect.
  2. If an an autoclave is to be used:
    • Spore test result showing the autoclave is operational. Spore test must be recent (less than 30 days) and sampled according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
    • Copy of the service agreement with the spore testing laboratory. 
    • Copy of the manufacture’s specification for the autoclave 
  3. Copy of proposed Infection Prevention and Control Plan for the shop Click here for a template
  4. List of artists anticipated to work in the shop
  5. Proof of compliance with local business, building, and zoning requirements  
  6. Body art facility application and fee (fee schedule)
  7. Request for Service form and fee (fee schedule)
  8. Artist registration form and fee (fee schedule

Part B. A final inspection will be required before the facility opens. The facility must have the following in place within the shop before services can be provided:

  1. Client consent forms
  2. Written aftercare instructions
  3. Infection prevention and control procedure written (click (here) for a template)
  4. Class V integrators and sterilization logs if using an autoclave
  5. Hot and cold running water
  6. Operational hand-washing sink
  7. Clean room set-up (if applicable)
  8. Single use supplies (needles, ink wells, gloves, paper towels, plastic wrap or other coverings for chairs, workstations, etc.)
  9. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies
  10. Sharps container
  11. Containerized liquid soap and single use paper towels, dispensed from wall mounted dispenser at handwashing sink for workstation.
  12. Lined waste containers
  13. Availability of public restroom with soap and single use towels (see below*)
  14. Proof of business license
  15. Body Art Facility permit from this department
  16. Registration certification from this office for each artist.

Applicants for a new Body Art Facility should allow adequate time to complete Parts A & B of the Plan Check List prior to the facility’s anticipated opening. Body art services cannot be provided until the items on this check list are completed and approved.

Please be aware that other local jurisdictions will require separate time considerations to review applicable business and zoning requirements.

*Requirement for availability for a public restroom should be deferred to the local jurisdiction. 

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