body art

The Body Art Program oversees the registration of body art practitioners, inspects and permits facilities that provide tattooing, body piercing and the application of permanent cosmetics, regulates temporary events, and investigates complaints in Ventura County. Click here to File a Complaint. 

Assembly Bill AB1168, known as "The Safe Body Art Act" became law on October 4, 2013 resulting in revisions to the existing requirement for all body art activities including body piercing, tattooing, permanent cosmetics facilities, temporary events, and mechanical ear piercing. The revisions to the existing law became effective January 1. 2014.

The Safe Body Art Act requires all body art practitioners to register with the Ventura County Environmental Health Division. The Safe Body Art Act also requires the body art facility where the procedures are performed to obtain a valid permit to operate from Ventura County Environmental Health Division. If the facility has not been permitted before, it must go through the plan check process to ensure that the facility meets construction and operational standards detailed in the Safe Body Art Act prior to issuing the permit to operate. 


Body Art Practitioner Registration

All practitioners performing body art in Ventura County are required to register, and maintain a valid registration with this division. The body art practitioner registration is separate from the facility’s permit to operate.  Both are required to perform body art in Ventura County.  If you are a body art facility owner, the fee for the practitioner registration will be 50% of the regular rate ($77.95/year, regular practitioner $155.90/year).  Practitioners need to submit the following to this division to obtain a current body art practitioner registration:

The fee portion of the registration (shop owners $77.95/year, practitioners $155.90/year). Payment can be made in the form of a check payable to the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (VC EHD).  Cash and Credit Card payments are only accepted at the Ventura County Environmental Health Office counter.  There is a service fee for credit card payments


Body Art Facility Permit to Operate

All body art facilities (permanent cosmetics, tattooing, branding, and/or piercing) facilities located in Ventura County are required to possess a valid business license from the city where the facility is operating, and a valid permit to operate from the Ventura County Environmental Health Division.  All body art facilities are required to comply with the structural and operation requirements set forth in the Safe Body Art Act.  The facility’s permit to operate is separate from the body art practitioner’s registration.  Both are required to perform body art in Ventura County.  If a facility has not been previously permitted as a body art facility, it will be required to go through the plan check process. Click the following links for more information.


Mobile Body Art Facility

All body art facilities operating in Ventura County, including mobile facilities, are required to possess a valid business license from the city where the facility is operating, a license from the California Department of Housing and Community Development for the vehicle, California Department of Motor Vehicles Occupational License, and a valid permit to operate with the Ventura County Environmental Health Division.  All mobile body art facilities are required to comply with the structural and operation requirements set forth in the Safe Body Art Act.  If a facility has not been previously permitted as a body art facility, it will be required to go through the plan check process. Click the following links for more information.


Temporary Body Art Event

All temporary body art events conducted in Ventura County are regulated by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division.  A temporary body art event requires an event sponsor.  The event sponsor is responsible for organizing the participating practitioners and the booths.  All events are required to meet the operational and structural requirements set forth in the Safe Body Art Act. Click the following links for more information.


Sterilization Procedures

Body art facility providing onsite sterilization of their reusable equipment and jewelry must operate the per the sterilization procedures set forth in the Safe Body Art Act. 

Mechanical Stud and Clasp Ear Piercing

Facilities providing Mechanical Stud and Clasp Ear Piercing (MSCEP) are required to notify this division of operation. 


Examples of Body Art Client Forms - These are examples of body art client forms. 


Additional Body Art Links


Body Art Program Contacts

Program Specialists

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Supervisor

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Manager

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