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photo: tatoo artist at workTattooing, Body Piercing & Permanent Cosmetics


Recent state legislation requires all practitioners of "body arts," including tattooing, body piercing, and application of permanent cosmetics, to register with the local health department. Registration requirements for operators at this time include review of proposed regulations, completion of an application form, and payment of a registration fee.

State laws establishing minimum requirements for body art are provided in the California Safe Body Art Act (Act) which was enacted to provide minimum statewide standards for the regulation of persons engaged in the business of body art in California. Body art includes tattoo, body piercing, branding, and the application of permanent cosmetics. The requirements are intended to protect both the practitioner and the client from transmission of infectious diseases. Inspections will occur at all body art facilities within the County of Orange. The Act resides in the California Health and Safety Code (H&SC), Division 104, Part 15, Sections (§§) 119300-119328. AB 300 repeals current provisions and enacts the Safe Body Art Act as of July 1, 2012.

To access the Safe Body Art Act, please click on the PDF
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For specific information regarding the operation of body art facilities, please call Environmental Health Body Art Program at 714-433-6000 to speak to a Specialist.

COVID-19 Industry Guidance

Please refer to Expanded Personal Care Services for new guidance on COVID-19, checklist,
and sample business attestation.

Refer to the County Health Officer's Orders and Recommendations for further information.


Body Art—The Basics

A resource for small and medium-sized businesses in Orange County
The purpose of this manual is to provide the reader with a quick and simple reference regarding
body art. It covers basic concepts that businesses engaged in body art need to know.

Body Art Tips

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Attention Body Art Practitioners


Renewal requires the following:

  1. Submittal of a current Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training certificate
  2. Payment of an annual fee (the invoice will be sent to you separately from the registration renewal notice)

You may email a scan or photo of your BBP training certificate to Please note any corrections to your mailing address or email address in the email message. Late renewals will be penalized an additional fee, or the account closed and a new registration must be filed.


Approved BBP Training

Need Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Control training?
Here is a list of approved BBP Exposure Control training providers for Orange County:

  • A Plus BBP Certification
    5075 Warner Ave., Ste. 207
    Huntington Beach, CA 92649
    Online Training available in English and Spanish 
    Online training available
  • Alliance of Professional Tattooists
    215 W. 18th Street, Suite 210
    Kansas City, Mo 64108
    Classroom and conference training available
  • Association of Professional Piercers
    John Johnson and Rick Frueh
    P.O. Box 1287
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    Classroom and online training available
  • Body Art Training Group
    6580 Harbor Blvd., Ste. F
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    Classroom and online training available
    Trainers: Kathy Hartman, Lucia Hartman
    Courses available, in English and Vietnamese

  • Cathy Montie
    Cathy Montie Body Art Training Company
    8055 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #106 San Diego, CA 92111
    Classroom and online training available

Orange County also accepts Los Angeles County approved BBP Training Providers

  • LA County BBP training providers can be found here.