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Tattoo and Body Art Program

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Temporary or Special Events


Program Contact

Main Number: (415) 252-3800
Fax: (415) 252-3842

Tattoo, Body Piercing and Permanent Cosmetics Program


Body Art & Permanent Makeup Special Event Guidelines



* Operate no longer than 7 days within a 90 days period.

* The sponsor of the event shall obtain all necessary permits to conduct business in the jurisdiction where the event will be held.

* Submit a complete temporary facility permit application to the SFDPH 30 days prior to the date of the scheduled event.

* Provide a copy of the current Practitioner license along with their Bloodborne Pathogen Certificate.

* If you are a student and have no current BA license, obtain the registration card from your local enforcement agency or from SFDPH.

* Do not allow an unlicensed body art practitioner to perform any procedure at the event without a valid body art practitioner registration.

* Provide exposure control plan to include sterilization procedures as required for the temporary facility site. See BA requirement.


a. Be located within a building that has a hand washing facilities with hot and cold running water, liquid soap pump, single-use paper towels to which practitioners have direct access.

b. Constructed with a partition of at least 3 feet in height separating the procedure area from the public.

c. Have floor space of at least 50 square feet for each practitioner.

d. Be free of insect or rodent infestation.

e. Used exclusively for performing body art.

f. Equipped with adequate light available at the level where the practitioner is performing body art.

g. For a one booth demonstration:

* Equipped with hand washing equipment with soap and paper towels, a five-gallon container of potable water accessible via spigot, and a waste water collection and holding tank of corresponding size.

* Potable water shall be refilled and the holding tank evacuated frequently to provide uninterrupted use, or determined by the local enforcement agency.

h. For two or more booths demonstration:

* Practitioner hand wash areas shall be provided throughout the event. The hand wash areas shall be located within a booth with partitions at least 3ft in height separating the hand wash area from the public.

* The area shall be equipped with a commercial, self-contained hand wash station that consists of five gallons or more of portable water, and a trash receptacle.

* The sponsor shall provide one wash area for every two demonstration booth at the event.

* Have smooth, cleanable flooring

* No food, drink or smoking or tobacco products are permitted in the demonstration booth.

* No animals allowed.

3. Permit and Registration Fees
Fee Type Application Fee License Fee ( 1 & 2 days) License Fee ( 3 days or more)
Event Sponsor $ 300 Not applicable Not applicable
Body Art Booth / each vendor $ 130 $ 60 $ 20 each day
Unregistered Practitioner Not applicable $ 25 Not applicable
Temporary Practitioner $ 100 Not applicable Not applicable




Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding a tattoo, body piercing or permanent cosmetic business or practitioner you may call 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch