Body Art Establishments

The Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act, (410 ILCS 54), became effective July 1, 2007. The Illinois Department of Public Health's Body Art Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 797) became effective December 26, 2008. This Code specifies the standard for the conduct of body art procedures, sets standards for the process by which the Department and its delegate agencies inspect and register body art establishments and sets the fee requirements.

All establishments providing body art services such as tattooing, piercing, branding or scarification are required to be registered with the Department. Upon receipt of a completed registration application, an inspection is conducted to monitor compliance with the program. Renewal inspections are conducted periodically. Certified Local Health Departments may contract with the Department to conduct the inspections in their jurisdiction.