Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act, enacted in July
2007, requires all facilities performing physical body adornment,
including but not limited to, the following techniques: body piercing,
tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, branding and scarification to make application with the Department for a
permit to operate a body art establishment. With each annual certificate
of registration application, the applicant shall submit a $500.00
non-refundable fee. The $500 non-refundable fee shall satisfy the cost
of the certificate of registration and the registration of one work
station. For each additional work station located in the facility,
applicants shall submit, at the time of application, and additional $50
non-refundable fee and are deposited into a dedicated Tattoo and Body
Piercing Establishment Registration Fund.
Establishments are inspected at least annually to determine compliance with various provisions including:
equipment labeling and general operation; preparation and care of the
body art area; disinfection and sterilization procedures; requirements
for single use items, and body artist proficiency requirements. Potential enforcement actions
from the Department include exclusion of any or all
operators/apprentices from an establishment who are responsible, or
appear to be responsible, for the transmission of a communicable disease
until the Department determines there is no further risk to public
health; permit suspension, denial and revocation; assessment of fines; and, referral to county State’s Attorneys
for prosecution as a public nuisance.
The Coles County Health Department is responsible for conducting inspections on new
establishments, routine inspections and complaint inspections.
Opening a Body Art Establishment:
Any person wishing to open a body art establishment, whether it is a new or existing facility, must request the
body art package from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Establishments shall have a copy of the Body Art Code at all times.
Many items required for a Body Art Establishment can be requested by
email, or downloaded. Registered Body Art Establishments in
Coles County may
request any of these documents free of charge. Facilities in other counties
need to contact their local health department.
Illinois Body Art Program Legal Base -
code can be downloaded, please contact CCHD for the Legal Base.
What to Know about Getting a Tattoo
- IDPH poster
What to know about Getting a
Piercing - IDPH poster
Body Art Links:
Professional Tattooists, Inc.
Questions to Consider Before Getting your Body
Piercing (University of Illinois)
Basic Guidelines for Getting a Tattoo - Alliance of Professional
Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe? US Food and Drug
www.cdc.gov search body piercing or
www.fda.gov search body piercing or
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