Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please contact the MDHHS Body Art Facility Licensure Program at  BodyArt@michigan.gov    or at (517) 335-8165.

The Law             
         1. How does the law define "body art"?
         2. How does the law define a "body art facility"?
         3. Where can I get a copy of the law for licensing
             body art facilities?

Body Art Facility Requirements   
         4. Where can I get a copy of the Requirements for
             Body Art Facilities
?
         5. What are the things body art facilities are
             responsible for under PA 375?
         6. How does a body art facility register with the
             Department of Environmental Quality as a
             medical waste provider?

Health Considerations   
         7. What should I consider before getting body art?
         8. How do I take care of my body art?

Filing Complaints/Finding Out if a Body Art Facility is Licensed    
         9. How do I find out if a body art facility is licensed?
         10. What is the process for filing a complaint
               against a body art facility?

Licensure     
         11. How much does a State of Michigan body art facility license cost?
         12. What is the process for a body art facility to get an initial license,
               renew a license, or obtain a temporary license?
         13. What do I need to know if I am building a new facility or renovating
               an existing facility?
         14. I live in Michigan and I am a body artist that does not own a licensed,
               fixed body art facility. Can I obtain a temporary license?
         15. Will body art facilities still be required to obtain a local body art
               facility license?
         16. Do individual body artists need a license separate from the
               facility license?

Documents for Facility     
         17. Where can I find documents related to body art facility record-
               keeping, such as client, employee/technician or facility records?

Inspections     
         18. Who performs inspections of body art facilities?
         19. Will there be a fee for an inspection?
         20. How do I schedule an inspection/get a copy of an inspection report?
         21. Where can I find documents related to body art facility inspections,
               such as Inspection Reports or Scale Drawing/Floor
               Plan Instructions?
         22. How does a local health department upload inspection
               information/results?

MIOSHA Information/Required Trainings     
         23. Where can I find more information on MIOSHA Standards,
               such as Vaccination Requirements and Required Trainings?

Updates/Current Information on Body Art     
         24. How can I stay up to date on issues related to body art?

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Answers to questions pertaining to the law   

1. How does the law define "body art"? 

Public Act 375  defines "body art" as: 1) tattooing, 2) branding and/or 3) body piercing. Ear piercing is not included in the definition of "body art."

2. How does the law define a "body art facility"? 

Public Act 375 defines a "body art facility" as the location at which an individual performs one or more of the following: 1) tattooing, 2) branding, and/or 3) body piercing.

This means that an individual shall not tattoo, brand, or perform body-piercing on another individual unless the tattooing, branding, or body-piercing occurs at a State of Michigan licensed body art facility. 

3. Where can I get a copy of the law for licensing body art facilities? 

Click here for the full version of Public Act 375 .

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Answers to questions Pertaining to Body Art Facility Requirements   

4. Where can I get a copy of the Requirements for Body Art Facilities? 

Click here to get a copy of the  Requirements for Body Art Facilities 

5. What are the things body art facilities are responsible for under PA 375? 

Body art facilities must be in compliance with the  Requirements for Body Art Facilities .

6. How does a body art facility register with the Department of Environmental Quality as a medical waste provider? 

Public Act 375 requires that body art facilities be in compliance with the Medical Waste Regulatory Act, Part 138 of 1978 PA 368, as amended. Owners or operators of body art facilities must be registered with the Department of Environmental Quality as a medical waste producer. The cost of registration is $75.00 for a 3-year period. The registration form (Form EQP 1700-1) can be obtained by calling (517) 335-1146 or (517) 230-9800, or e-mailing  shannona1@michigan.gov    .

Answers to questions Pertaining to Health Considerations   

7. What should I consider before getting body art?

In addition to the type, design or placement of body art, there are health issues to consider. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers  information about health concerns  regarding body art. You should consult your physician before undergoing a body art procedure. 

8. How do I take care of my body art? 

Aftercare is important, not just to make sure your body art looks good, but to avoid medical issues such as infections. Click here for  Aftercare Instructions .

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Answers to questions Pertaining to Filing Complaints/Finding Out if a Body Art Facility is Licensed   

9. How do I find out if a body art facility is licensed? 

Public Act 375  states that an individual shall not tattoo, brand, or perform body-piercing on another individual unless the tattooing, branding, or body-piercing occurs at a licensed body art facility. Click here to find out if a facility is licensed.

10. What is the process for filing a complaint against a body art facility? 

It is important to make sure that anyone performing body art is doing so in a licensed facility, and that body art is being performed in a safe and sanitary manner. Click here to  file a complaint against a body art facility .

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Answers to questions Pertaining to Licensure   

11. How much does a state of Michigan body art facility license cost? 

The non-refundable fees for obtaining a Michigan body art facility license, which were set by Public Act 375 , are as follows:

  • The cost for an annual license (prior to July 1) is $500.00 plus the current consumer price index..
  • The cost for an annual license (on or after July 1) is $250.00 plus the current consumer price index.
  • The cost for a renewal license for the following year is $500 plus the current consumer price index for the fiscal year beginning October 1st.
  • The cost for a renewal license after December 1 includes an additional late fee of $250.00 plus the current consumer price index.
  • The cost for a duplicate license is $50.00 plus the current consumer price index..
  • The cost for a temporary license to operate a body art facility at a fixed location for not more than a two-week period (14 consecutive days) is $150.00 plus the current consumer price index.
  • The cost for a new facility license after October 1st is $750.00. This is $250 for the remainder of the year Oct 1 to Dec. 31 and $500.00 for the next calendar year license plus the current price index.
  • Per Public Act 375, the yearly variable Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint consumer price index (CPI) will be added to the above base fees. The most current consumer price index fee will be noted on the downloadable application form or the payment submittal page of the online payment process for the fiscal year beginning October 1st.

         Other local fees may apply.

12. What is the process for a body art facility to get an initial license, renew a license, or obtain a temporary license? 

The licensing process varies dependent upon the license type.

  • Initial License: The owner or operator of a body art facility must  submit an application  and pay the fee. After the application is accepted, the owner/operator must contact the health department that is responsible for inspections in their county to schedule an inspection. Not every local health department will be providing inspections, and each owner/operator will have access to a complete  list of counties/local health departments  that offer inspections where the body art facility is located. The owner/operator must apply for a license before scheduling an inspection.
  • Renewal License: Applications for renewal licenses must be submitted online and received prior to December 1. Before granting a renewal license, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services must have received the results of an annual inspection of the body art facility. The inspections are conducted by the local health department responsible for the jurisdiction in which the body art facility is located.
  • Temporary License (In-State Applicant): Applications for in-state temporary licenses must be received not less than 30 days before the first day on which body art services will be provided at the temporary location. Applicants must be affiliated with a Michigan-licensed fixed-site body art facility that has been inspected within the last 12 months and documented to be compliant. After the application is accepted, the owner/operator must contact the health department that is responsible for inspections where the temporary site is located to schedule an inspection. The inspection will focus on the physical set-up and operation of the temporary facility. It will not require the owner or operator to produce evidence of compliance with certain other requirements that have already been documented as part of the annual inspection of the permanent facility at a fixed location, such as record-keeping.
  • Temporary License (Out-of-State Applicant): Applications for out-of-state temporary licenses must be received not less than 30 days before the first day on which body art services will be provided at the temporary location. After the application is accepted, the owner/operator must contact the health department that is responsible for inspections where the temporary site is located to schedule an inspection. In addition to the inspection of the physical set-up and operation of the temporary facility, the owner/operator must provide evidence of compliance with all of the Requirements for Body Art Facilities . This includes, but is not limited to documentation of employee vaccination status, employee training, client/employee record keeping, and spore testing.

13. What do I need to know if I am building a new facility or renovating an existing facility? 

Click here to get a copy of the Requirements for Body Art Facilities . If you are building a new facility or renovating an existing facility, you must submit a scale drawing/floor plan to the local health department responsible for inspections in your jurisdiction that will conduct your inspection. Click here for the  Scale Drawing/Floor Plan Instructions for New/Renovated Facilities . Local health department conducting inspections in body art facility jurisdiction may also charge a fee for site plan review.

Click here for The Body Art Facility Checklist for New/Renovated Facilities   .

14. I live in Michigan and I am a body artist that does not own a licensed, fixed body art facility. Can I obtain a temporary license? 

Since Michigan does not license individual body artists, you must be the owner or operator of a Michigan-licensed, permanent fixed facility in order to obtain a temporary license.

15. Will body art facilities still be required to obtain a local body art facility license? 

Some counties/cities currently have local ordinances that require licensure of body art facilities. Public Act 375  allows counties/cities to have and enforce local licensure programs as long as the local codes, ordinances, and regulations are more stringent than Michigan licensure requirements. Body art facilities will be required to be in compliance with all requirements and pay all applicable fees related to local licensure. Check with your local health department to see if there are local ordinances in your area.

16. Do individual body artists need a license separate from the facility license? 

Public Act 375 does not require individual body artists to be licensed. However, some local health departments currently have local ordinances that require the licensure of body artists in addition to the licensing of body art facilities. Check with your local health department to find out if individual body artists need to be licensed.

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Answers to questions Pertaining to Documents for Facility   

17. Where can I find documents related to body art facility record-keeping, such as client, employee/technician/contractor or facility records? 

The Requirements for Body Art Facilities require that all body art facilities maintain certain records. Click here for documents related to body art facility record-keeping, including client, employee/technician/contractor, or facility records.

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Answers to questions Pertaining to Inspections   

18. Who performs inspections of body art facilities? 

According to Public Act 375 , local health departments are authorized to perform the functions required in the law and any rules promulgated. If a local health department of a county or city is unable or unwilling to perform the functions required in this section, they may contract with another local governing entity though an intergovernmental agreement in order to have that entity's local health department perform the functions required. Click here for a list of  local health departments  that are providing inspections.

19. Will there be a fee for an inspection? 

Public Act 375 allows the local governing entity of a local health department to fix and require the payment of inspection fees. Contact the local health department   responsible for inspections in your county to get information about this fee schedule.

20. How do I schedule an inspection/get a copy of the Inspection Report? 

Click here to get a copy of the  Inspection Report  . Please note that the inspection criteria for temporary licenses varies depending upon whether you are the owner/operator of a Michigan-licensed permanent fixed facility or the owner/operator of an out-of-state facility. However, the process for scheduling an inspection is the same. You must apply for a license before scheduling an inspection.

21. Where can I find documents related to body art facility inspections, such as the Inspection Report or Scale Drawing/Floor Plan Instructions? 

The Requirements for Body Art Facilities require that all body art facilities in Michigan be inspected on the same criteria. Click here for the  Inspection Report  and  Scale Drawing/Floor Plan Instructions for New/Renovated Facilities .

22. How does a local health department upload inspection information/results? 

MDCH will notify the local health department when an application is accepted.  It is then the responsibility of the applicant to contact their local health department to schedule an inspection.  Once the inspection is complete, the local health department should use the online interface  to indicate whether the body art facility has been found to be compliant or non-compliant. 

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Answers to questions Pertaining to MIOSHA Information/Required Trainings   

23. Where can I find more information on MIOSHA Standards, such as Vaccination Requirements and Required Trainings? 

Public Act 375 requires that the owner or operator of a body art facility ensure that the body art facility as a whole and any individual engaged in tattooing, branding or piercing, or cleaning tattooing, branding or piercing instruments/equipment are in compliance with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards under 29 CFR 19 10: 1030. In Michigan, OSHA regulations are implemented under the jurisdiction of MIOSHA.

 

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Answers to questions Pertaining to Updates/Current Information on Body Art     

24. How can I stay up to date on issues related to body art?  

Click here for updates on  issues related to body art   .   

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