Body Art Program
Body Art and Body Piercing
Tattooing and piercing are popular forms of body art. Tattooing is the insertion of pigment into human skin tissue using a needle. The California Safe Body Art Act established statewide minimum standards for the regulation of tattoo, piercing, and permanent cosmetic businesses. Businesses that do only ear piercing are not covered by this law.
These standards are intended to protect both the practitioner and customer from infectious diseases by ensuring sanitary procedures, including the use of sterile equipment. Contra Costa Environmental Health enforces the Safe Body Art Act throughout the county.
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- Facility Application
- Practitioner Application
- Temporary Practitioner Application
- Practitioner Location Verification Form
- Facility Plan Review Application
- Temporary Event Application
General Information and Handouts
- Current Approved Bloodborne Pathogen Trainer List
- Inspection Checklist
- Facility Plan Check Guide | Finish Schedule
- Hepatitis B immunizations requirement for tattoo artists.
- Hepatitis B FAQ
- Sample Hepatitis B Declination Form
Immunizations are available at our public health immunization clinics or other community providers.
- Tattoo & Body Art Brochure
- Bloodborne Pathogens Trainer Application | Checklist
- Infection Prevention and Control Plan Template
Laws and Regulations
- AB 300 Safe Body Art Act
- AB1138 Safe Body Art Act (2013 Revisions)
- Health and Safety Code
- CalOSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Requirements