An Invasive Body Decoration (IBD) Establishment is a place, whether temporary, mobile, or permanent, where any technique is used to permanently or temporarily adorn, stretch, or decorate the body. This includes places which perform tattooing, piercing, permanent makeup, and any other forms of skin, tissue, cartilage or mucosal alteration. Such establishments must obtain a permit from the Environmental Health Section.
Permit to Operate
Any person who wishes to operate an IBD establishment must submit an application and any other requested documents to the health authority. Permits are not transferable from person to person or from place to place. If a shop is purchased by a new owner, they must obtain a new permit and ensure the shop is in compliance with the current Sanitation code requirements.
The Environmental Health Section will review applications and issue permits to operate an IBD establishment in the following counties: Churchill, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, and White Pine.
For establishments in other counties, please contact your local health authority.
The Environmental Health Section will issue the following permit types:
- Annual permanent establishment permit:
- Annual permanent establishment permit: for an establishment in a fixed location. The permit must be renewed annually by the last day of the month in which operations began. Late renewals will be assessed a late fee.
- Temporary Permit (Limited to 14 days)
- Temporary permit: for an establishment set up indoors for a trade show or other special event. Permits may be issued for up to 14 days. Only the employees of the shop named on the permit may work under a single permit. Applications received less than 14 days before the event start will be assessed a late fee.
- Mobile permit:
- Mobile permit: for an establishment set in a dedicated mobile unit for a trade show or other special event. Permits may be issued for up to 14 days. Only the employees of the shop named on the permit may work under a single permit. Applications received less than 14 days before the event start will be assessed a late fee.
- Event Coordinator Permit:
- Event Coordinator Permit: And event coordinator must be designated for any single special event where 3 or more temporary or mobile permits are expected to attend. The event coordinator will ensure that all artists at the event are properly permitted and remain in compliance with the current Sanitation code requirements. Applications received less than 14 days before the event start will be assessed a late fee.
Plan Review Application
All persons intending to operate an IBD Establishment must submit a Plan Review Application in addition to the online application system and questionnaire. This is required even if your establishment is not required to have a formal Plan Review.
Checklist: Documentation Requirements
- Plans drawn to scale
- Plan Review Application
- Proof of Bloodborne Pathogen Training
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Client Release Form
- Aftercare Instructions
- Equipment Specification Sheets
- Supporting Documentation
IBD Establishment Plan Review Information
Nevada Administrative Code 444 (uncodified IBD Regulations Sec. 105) requires that floor plans and specifications be submitted to the Health Authority for review and approval with the application for a permit. When a food establishment is newly constructed, extensively remodeled, or if an existing structure is converted into an IBD establishment, there is a fee for full review of the floor plans. Plans must be approved by the Environmental Health Section before any work may begin.
Payment of Fees
Payments using the on-line system require an e-check, credit card, or debit card. If unable to use the on-line system, the accepted payment types include: cash, check or money order. Please make payment payable to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). All applications submitted on paper and mailed or hand delivered must be accompanied by payment. DPBH does not accept credit cards over the phone.
Exemption from an IBD Establishment Permit
Medical professionals working within the scope of their practice at their place of work are exempt from these regulations and permit requirements.
Establishments which only perform piercing of the earlobes with single-use, pre-sterilized, stud-and-clasp ear piercing system (“piercing gun”) which is used in compliance with the manufacturer’s directions and all applicable requirements of the US Food & Drug Administration must apply for an exemption.
Exempt establishments must still use jewelry appropriate for initial piercings (Uncodified IBD regulations Sec. 32(3) & 63). If an exempt establishment fails to comply with the restrictions of their exemption, they will be required to close until they can meet the full requirements of the current Sanitation code and obtain an annual permit.
The health authority retains the right to respond to complaints against exempt establishments and to periodically check for compliance.