Environmental Health

Body Art

Fulton County Board of Health - Body Art

Body Art Regulations (tattoo, micro-blading, and piercing):

 Environmental Health Services is responsible for the regulation of body art establishments where tattoos, piercings, cosmetic tattoos, and microblading, are conducted.

All Fulton County body art establishment permit holders must have a valid permit, proof of residency (copy of lease, mortgage, or utility bill), and a current license from the Fulton County Board of Health in order to operate. Body art establishments are defined as, “any structure on a permanent foundation, holding a valid business license where body art is performed.”

Routine, unannounced inspections will occur to assure proper sanitation practices that minimize hazards from blood-borne pathogens.

Rules and Regulations for Body Art/Artists:

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has adopted a statewide Body Art Rule ( Rules and Regulations – Body Art – Chapter 511-3-8) that will apply throughout all counties within the State of Georgia beginning October 6th, 2023.  The process of transitioning all artists and all facilities will begin on October 6th, 2023 and should conclude by October 6th, 2024. 

For updates on the new statewide Body Art rule, you may visit the portion of the DPH website they have dedicated to the Body Art program:  https://dph.georgia.gov/environmental-health/body-art

Fee Information:

Refer to the fee schedule for information about costs.

Existing Body Art Studios

Many of the requirements for the physical facility outlined within the new statewide Rule have been in place in Fulton County for many years.  Therefore, the transition should not result in facility owners having to make major changes to the facility.  Our inspectors will begin making site visits to the existing facilities in the near future to assess the facility and outline what business practices need to be updated to transition to the new Rule.

New Body Art Studios

New Body Art facilities must open under the new Rule.  Please provide the following information to our office so that we can review your plans and business practices to ensure compliance.

Body Artists

Part of this process will be transitioning all artists from local licenses to the statewide Body Artist Certification.  All current Fulton County Body Artist Licenses will be valid until they expire.

As your current Body Artist License is due to expire at the beginning of February, 2024, we would like to urge you to begin the process of obtaining your new statewide DPH Body Artist Certification.  Unfortunately, there are no study guides.  You may study the new Rule ( Chapter 511-3-8 ) to prepare for the exam(s).  There are three exams:  tattooing, piercing, and microblading.  You must successfully complete the exam for all services you wish to perform.  As this is a statewide certification, the exam does not have to be taken at Fulton County Board of Health.  The exam may be taken at any county office that is offering the exam.  You can reference the following list of County Environmental Health Offices for their contact information to schedule your exam.  However, if you hold a current FCBOH Body Artist License and you take the DPH exam at FCBOH, a complimentary extension of your license to October 6th, 2024 will be granted.  You may use the Body Art Exam Registration Form (below) to register for the exam.

After taking the exam, the results will be forwarded to DPH.  DPH will send an e-mail to your personal e-mail address with directions on how you can electronically submit the following documentation:

  • Copy of Government Issued ID
  • Completed Application for Body Artist Certification (this document will be sent to you by DPH)
  • Signed and notarized Verification of Residency form
  • Provide proof of successful completion of a First Aid course.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of a CPR training course.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of an OSHA accredited (meets minimum requirements set forth by OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training course.
  • Provide one of the following regarding Hepatitis B:
    • Proof of current Hepatitis B vaccination; or
    • Signed Hepatitis B Declination Form; or
    • Document signed by a physician stating that you cannot receive the Hepatitis B vaccination due to contraindication; or
    • Written laboratory evidence that you have an immunity to Hepatitis B.

Upon receipt of all required documentation, DPH will issue your new Body Artist Certification!

Existing Artists

On October 6, 2023, a new statewide Body Art rule went into effect throughout the state of Georgia.  All artists must transition from a local artist license/certification to a certification through the Georgia Department of Public Health.  To ensure that existing Fulton County artists will have a valid license/certification throughout this process, Fulton County Board of Health is offering a complimentary extension to a current Fulton County Body Artist License if the artist takes the DPH Body Artist Certification exam at Fulton County.  These Fulton County Body Artist Licenses will be extended through October 6, 2024.

If you wish to receive an extension to your current valid Fulton County Body Artist License, please bring the following documents with you on the day you take the exam:

    1. Proof of successful completion of a First Aid course.
    2. Proof of successful completion of a CPR training course.
    3. Proof of successful completion of an OSHA accredited (meets minimum requirements set forth by OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training course.
    4. Provide one of the following regarding Hepatitis B:
      • Proof of current Hepatitis B vaccination; or
      • Signed Hepatitis B Declination Form; or
      • Document signed by a physician stating that you cannot receive the Hepatitis B vaccination due to contraindication; or
      • Written laboratory evidence that you have an immunity to Hepatitis B.

Guest Body Artists

The Rule allows for a guest body artist to work at a permitted Body Art Studio for up to seven (7) days under the supervision of an artist who has a current and valid Body Artist Certification.  No more than two seven-day Guest Body Artist Permits may be issued within a thirty-day period.  The certified Body Artist must complete the Guest Artist Sponsorship Letter.  The applicant must submit the following:

  • Guest Body Artist Application
  • Copy of Government Issued ID
  • Provide proof of successful completion of a First Aid course.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of a CPR training course.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of an OSHA accredited (meets minimum requirements set forth by OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training course.
  • Provide one of the following regarding Hepatitis B:
    • Proof of current Hepatitis B vaccination; or
    • Signed Hepatitis B Declination Form; or
    • Document signed by a physician stating that you cannot receive the Hepatitis B vaccination due to contraindication; or
    • Written laboratory evidence that you have an immunity to Hepatitis B.

Temporary Body Artists

A Temporary Body Artist Permit allows an artist to practice body art for the purpose of product demonstration in connection with (body art) conventions or (body art) industry trade shows.  A Temporary Body Artist Permit may be issued for up to seven (7) days in conjunction with a specific event that holds a Temporary Body Art Studio Permit.  The applicant should submit the following:

  • Temporary Body Artist Application
  • Copy of Government Issued ID
  • Provide proof of successful completion of a First Aid course.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of a CPR training course.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of an OSHA accredited (meets minimum requirements set forth by OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training course.
  • Provide one of the following regarding Hepatitis B:
    • Proof of current Hepatitis B vaccination; or
    • Signed Hepatitis B Declination Form; or
    • Document signed by a physician stating that you cannot receive the Hepatitis B vaccination due to contraindication; or
    • Written laboratory evidence that you have an immunity to Hepatitis B.

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