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Commercial Body Art

Commercial body art has been regulated in the state of Louisiana since 1999. Commercial body art (CBA) is defined by Part XXVIII of Title 51 of the Louisiana Administrative Code as "the practice of physical body adornment by registered establishments and operators utilizing, but not limited to, the following techniques: tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, body piercing, branding, and scarification." The definition does not include activities defined as medical procedures by a state medical board; commercial body art facilities and operators are specifically prohibited from performing such procedures. Moreover, it does not include the use of a pre-sterilized single-use stud and clasp ear-piercing system to pierce the earlobe; thus, women's accessory stores and mall kiosks that perform ear piercing are not governed under this authority.

The DHH Food and Drug Program regulates commercial body art under the authority given by Part XXVIII (cited above) and LSA R.S. 40: §2833 (primarily). Each facility engaging in tattooing, body-piercing, or other CBA activities is required to be permitted in accordance with these regulations and each person performing said tasks must be registered with the state.

Presently contractors (retired sanitarians) are responsible for conducting pre-operational and routine inspections and complaint investigations. Please contact the Food and Drug Program Central Office staff with questions or to learn how to contact your inspector at 225-342-7516.


You need to verify that the area you wish to operate your facility in is approved for commercial body art activity by the local zoning authority. Additionally you will need to submit certain documents for plans review prior to having your facility inspected. These are as follows:

  • A completed FD-1Ba Plans Review Questionnaire (this is the first document listed under Resources, below)
  • A copy of a current/recent water bill for the public water system for the location OR a negative coliform test demonstrating that the private water supply is potable
  • A copy of a recent negative spore test for the autoclave OR a certification letter signed and dated by the owner that only disposable equipment will be used for procedures at the facility
  • A copy of a contract with an approved red bag/sharps waste transporter OR a letter of agreement from a local medical facility with its own biohazardous waste incincerator allowing you to use its facilities 
  • A copy of your proposed firm's aftercare instructions for available procedures and blank consent forms/procedure record forms
  • For firms operating on private sewage treatment systems: a copy of the permit for said system issued by the local parish health unit and a pump-out and recertification if the unit is more than two years old
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You will need the following additional items to give your inspector when he performs your preoperational inspection:

  • A completed FD-55 form for the facility
  • A completed FD-56 form for each operator or manager
  • A remittance in the form of a cashier's check or money order in the amount of $1,000 for the facility
  • A remittance in the form of a cashier's check or money order in the amount of $100 per operator for new registrations or $60 per operator for a renewal
  • Current-year training cards for each operator (Note that all training must be provided by approved trainers on the list below.) 

 


RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions

 If you are a prospective CBA facility owner or CBA operator (tattoo artist, piercer, et cetera), the following documents may be of use (all documents below are in Adobe Acrobat format; go to the Adobe Acrobat website to obtain Reader software if needed):