Invasive Body Decoration (Tattoo)

General Information

The State of Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health is in the process of enacting regulations to ensure that all Invasive Body Decorations (covers body piercings, tattoos and permanent makeup) are performed in a safe and sanitary manner to prevent the potential for spreading blood-borne diseases and establishes specific requirements for all facilities and artists.

    Any facility that performs tattoo, tattoo removal, piercing, and permanent make-up procedures is required to perform these procedures in an approved facility and have a valid health permit and will be inspected by an Environmental Health Specialist from the DPBH-Environmental Health Section.

      Any person wishing to open a permitted facility should complete the application 30 days before operations begins. The Applicant should speak with our staff to go through the application and specific requirements for their facility location.

        Consumer Guidance Document

        This document is intended to assist individuals or groups in submitting for Invasive Body Decoration establishments. Construction, equipment, and operational standards outlined in this guide are the minimum requirements per Nevada regulation.

        Documentation Required for Application

        Documentation Required for Operation

        • A list of all invasive body decoration operators who work in the establishment.
        • A signed client release form.
        • A copy of the operation manuals for all sterilization and cleaning equipment
        • A written site-specific infection control plan.
        • A written log of each sterilization cycle.
        • Aftercare instructions for all procedures.

        Building Specifications

        A plan review of the facility must be submitted with the completed application. A consultation fee may be paid to have an initial inspection of any facility prior to submittal of the plan review or layout of the facility. All plans must have the following at a minimum: (Section 76)

        • One (1) free standing hand sink for every four (4) work stations.
          • Bathroom sinks are not considered in the hand sink count.
          • Portable sinks, with tanks and instant hot water, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
        • All finishes must be smooth and cleanable.
        • Smooth and cleanable flooring (no carpet).
        • Ability to provide privacy for all clients.
        • Clearly identify all work stations on the floor plan.
        • Clearly label the restroom on the floor plan.
        • Identify a sterilization room if you have an autoclave
          • A sterilization room requires a separate 2-basin sink.

        If you have questions regarding the above requirements or have other general questions on how to set up a shop and get a permit, please contact our office to set up a time to meet and go over your questions and concerns.

          Temporary Event Information

          Tattoo and Piercing shows are becoming more commonplace and provide artists the ability to showcase their work in new locations and expand their clientele. These type of shows also require temporary event permits be submitted at least 14 days before the event. Late fees will be accessed for applications submitted 5 days before the event begins.

            An event coordinator shall ensure that the event and all invasive body decoration operators apply with Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 444 for invasive body decoration establishments.

              Mobile Establishments

              The ability to operate a mobile IBD vehicle for up to 14 days in one location is covered under this new regulation. Specific requirements are covered in the code. The Applicant should speak with our staff to go through the application and specific requirements for their mobile vehicle.

                Training Information

                An invasive body decoration operator must be at least 18 years of age and complete a program of training in the control of blood-borne pathogens that complies with 29 CFR 1910.1030 within 10 days after employment and annually thereafter. (See Right Column for More Information)

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