Body Art Program
Please click here to view the California Safe Body Art Act. Revised as of January 1, 2014, this is an excerpt from the California Health and Safety Code (Division 104- Environmental Health Part 15, Chapter 7- Body Art.
The Department of Environmental Health has established minimum standards that apply to Body Art Facilities and Practitioners for the safe practice of Body Art in Riverside County. When the facility meets the minimum requirements during a routine inspection they will receive a "Pass" placard, otherwise they receive a "Re-inspection" placard as shown below. These regulations are intended to protect both the Practitioner and the client through the application of proper Body Art procedures. Failure to meet minimum requirements can lead to the transmission of infectious diseases, or cross-contamination of instruments and supplies.
Body art is an invasive process that includes piercing, tattooing, application of permanent cosmetics, microblading, and branding. These practices if incorrectly conducted can present the potential for spreading blood-borne disease, such as Hepatitis B.
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All individuals performing Body Art procedures and all Body Art facilities located within the County of Riverside, are required annually to register and renew their Environmental Health permit. They are required to receive annual training in bloodborne pathogen standards to ensure they know how to prevent transmission of blood-borne diseases.
Body Art Business
1. Complete the Body Art Facility Plan Check application along with the plans and associated fee. Please review the body art plan check guideline and checklist for assistance with the approval process.
2. Once all items have been submitted to the appropriate Environmental Health office the process for permit approval will begin. The assigned area inspector will review the submitted package and contact you for inspection and any follow-up information.
3. When the plans are approved, you will complete the Body Art facility permit application, pay the current fee, and submit a complete Infection Prevention and Control Plan (IPCP). All these documents will be verified prior to approval.
All Body Art Practitioners must be working for a permitted Environmental Health Body Art facility.
1. Complete the Body Art Practitioner application.
2. For Initial registration you are required to submit the following items “in person”:
a) Proper identification
b) Body Art Practitioner application with current fee
c) Current Bloodborne Pathogen certification
d) Current Environmental Health permitted facility information
e) Hepatitis B vaccination or declination documentation
Do I need to submit plans for a facility permit if I will be operating out of an established salon, renting a booth, or room?
If the facility you are operating out of does not have a valid Environmental Health Body Art permit then yes, you need to submit facility plans for approval.
Do I need to get a permit for performing microblading, or other permanent cosmetics?
Yes, a practitioner registration is required as well as an Environmental Health Body Art facility permit.
Do I have to pay an annual fee for practitioner registration?
There is an initial registration fee and then a renewal fee every year thereafter.
If I have an Environmental Health Body Art Practitioner registration can I operate at multiple locations?
Yes, you may operate out of multiple Environmental Health permitted facilities. An updated registration will be sent out to each facility you operate out of, so notify the appropriate Environmental Health office when you move locations.
Does the Bloodborne pathogen registration expire?
It expires one year from the issue date and must be renewed/maintained current.
Link for approved Blood-borne pathogen courses (In Progress)
California Penal Code 652-653
Infection Prevention and Control Plan guideline
Body Art Plan Check Guide
Body Art Facility Self-Inspection Guide
New Body Art Facility Checklist
Body Art facility application: (In Progress) This will be completed once the Plan Check process is completed and approved.
Body Art Plan Check Application
Body Art Practitioner Application
Practitioner Requirements for Temporary Events
Temporary Body Art Event Application
Voluntary Declination Form
Downtown Riverside Branch Office
3880 Lemon St., Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92501
Indio Branch Office
47-950 Arabia St., Suite A
Indio, CA 92201