Body Art Program

Body art is an invasive process that includes piercing, tattooing, application of permanent cosmetics, and branding. These practices present the potential for spreading blood-borne diseases, such as Hepatitis B. To help protect the health and safety of body art practitioners, their customers and the public, the Safe Body Art Act is a chapter of the California Health and Safety Code that sets standards for the body art industry.

The Food and Housing Division (FHD) of the Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) is the local agency charged with implementing the Safe Body Art Act in the County of San Diego. The law requires that body art services be delivered in a safe and sanitary manner to prevent the potential for spreading blood-borne diseases. It establishes specific requirements for body art facilities and practitioners, along with limited requirements for mechanical piercing.

How To Submit Forms:


5500 Overland Avenue Suite #170
San Diego, CA 92123


Department of
Environmental Health

P.O. Box 129261
San Diego, CA 92112-9261
ATTN: FHD Permits – Body Art


  (858) 505-6900