Body Art Permits

Body art facilities must obtain a health permit and practitioners must register to provide body art services in Sonoma County.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions about body art regulation in Sonoma County.

Facility and Practitioner Requirements

All business owners/operators of fixed facilities, mobile units, and temporary events must obtain a health permit annually.

All body artists must be registered annually.

All facilities and practitioners must operate in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code, Sections 119300-119327.

All permitted facilities will receive annual inspections.

Apply for a Facility Permit

  1. Submit a completed Body Art Facility Permit Application (PDF: 48 Kb).
  2. Submit the appropriate fee payable to Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety.
  3. Submit a copy of the facility Infection Prevention Control Plan (PDF: 71 Kb) as required by the California Health and Safety Code, Section 119313.
  4. Facility Plans must be submitted and approved for new construction or remodel of a facility.

When all of these requirements are approved, the owner/operator will receive a health permit for the facility. The health permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually. The health permit shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the facility.

Apply for a Practitioner Permit

  1. Submit a completed Body Art Practitioner Permit Application (PDF: 106 Kb).
  2. Submit the appropriate fee payable to the Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety.
  3. As a condition of registration, all applicants shall provide:
    • Evidence of completion of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training within the last 12 months.
  4. First time registrants shall also submit the following documents:
    • Evidence of current hepatitis B vaccination, including applicable boosters, unless the practitioner can demonstrate hepatitis B immunity, or a hepatitis B declination form.
    • Proof of 18 years of age or older

When all these conditions are met, the registrant will be issued a registration certificate. Registration is valid for one year from the date of issuance and allows the artist to practice within Sonoma County at any permitted body art facility.

Practitioners must be registered with Sonoma County Environmental Health & Safety prior to practicing body art in Sonoma County. Practitioners are required to renew their registration annually and display the registration certificate in the body art facility where the practitioner is performing body art.

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Contact Information

Public Health Division
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Contact us by Phone
Office Location
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.44178, -122.7158781

California Health
& Safety Code

Sections 119300-119327


The Safe Body Art Act instituted a uniform set of standards for the body art industry.


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