Tattoo/Body Piercing And Cosmetics

Tattooing, Body Piercing & Permanent Cosmetics:

On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 300, the Safe Body Art Act into State law (California Health & Safety Code, section 119300 et. al.). This Act creates minimum standards for the facility owners & practitioners engaged in the business of tattooing, body piercing, permanent cosmetics, and branding in California. These requirements are intended to protect both the practitioner and the client from transmission of infectious diseases through the application of proper body art procedures and the control of cross-contamination of instruments and supplies.

Beginning July 1, 2012,  all body art facilities (permanent and temporary) and persons performing tattooing, body piercing, permanent cosmetics, or branding must comply with requirements contained in the California Health and Safety Code.  This requires that the practitioner be 18 years of age or older and register annually with the Solano County Environmental Health Service Division. All body art facilities must have a valid permit. Body art facility owners & practitioners can’t conduct business without a valid permit and/or certificate of registration & the permit/certificate of registration must be renewed annually from the Solano County Environmental Health Services Division.

Please click here to learn more about the requirements for facility owners, body art practitioners, temporary body art events, vehicles and a section of FAQ.

Please click here to view the list of Bloodborne Pathogens Training Providers.

Please click here to view the Body Art Application for Permit to Operate as a Facility, Operate a Vehicle and to register as a Practitioner.

What is tattooing?

Tattooing means to insert pigment under the surface of the skin of a human being, by pricking with a needle or otherwise, to produce an indelible mark or figure visible through the skin.


What is Body Piercing?

Body Piercing means the creation of opening in the body of a human being for the purpose of inserting jewelry or other decoration. This includes, but is not limited to, piercing of an ear, lip, tongue, nose, or eyebrow. For the purposes of AB 186 and the scope of inspections by the Solano County Environmental Management Department, body piercing does not include piercing an ear with a disposable, single-use stud or solid needle that is applied using a mechanical device to force the needle or stud through the ear.


What is Permanent Cosmetics?

Permanent Cosmetics means the application of pigments to or under the skin of a human being for the purpose of permanently changing the color or other appearance of the skin. This includes, but is not limited to, permanent eyeliner, eye shadow, or lip color.

If you would like an application to register or if you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact Jeff Boggs, at (707) 784-6765