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Body Art Program

Last modified: 12/9/2013 8:15 AM

On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 300 (Ma) The Safe Body Art Act​ into law. In California, body art practitioners and body art facilities are required to comply with the new state law. After July 1, 2012 compliance with AB 300 was mandatory. While this is state law, authority has been delegated to the local enforcement agency, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), to implement.

Prior to the new state law, Santa Clara County adopted a local ordinance to regulate body art and has implemented a body art program to permit and inspect practitioners and facilities since 2006. Our local ordinance and the new state law apply to the practice of tattooing, body piercing, permanent cosmetics, and branding.

DEH has identified appropriate amendments to our existing local body art ordinance to be more consistent with the new state law.  On February 26, 2013 the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the staff recommendations and amendments to the Body Art Ordinance and fee schedule. The changes will take effect on April 1, 2013.​​

Forms and Documents


​Body Art Program ​PDF Word
​1​ ​New Body Art Facility Permanent Facility Application​
2​ New Body Art Practitioner Registration
​3 ​New Body Art Regulations
​4 ​Sample Exposure Control Plan
​5 Sample Sterilization Log Sample Sterilization Log.doc
​6 ​Sample Client Consent Form Sample Client Consent Form.doc
​7 ​Sample Aftercare Instructions Sample Aftercare Instructions.doc
​8 ​Hepatitis B Vaccination Declination Form
​9 ​Reference List of Available Blood Borne Training Courses BBP Provider List 12-05-13.pdf
​10 Sample Client History Form Sample Client History Form.doc
​11 ​Hepatitis B Free Screenings and Vaccinations (English)
​12 Hepatitis B Free Screenings and Vaccinations (Chinese)
​13 ​​Hepatitis B Free Screenings and Vaccinations (Vietnamese)
​14 ​AB 300 - Intro Letter
​15 AB 300 - FAQ's
​16 ​MSCEP Notification MSCEP Notification.doc
​17 ​Instrument Usage Log Instrument Usage Log.docx
​18 ​Needle Usage Log Needle Usage log.docx
​19 ​Sample IPCP Sample IPCP.DOC
20 BA Facility Plan Check Guide ​​

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