Body Art

Public Act 375, which was enacted in December 2010, states that any and all tattooing, branding, and body piercing done by one individual on another must occur at a facility licensed by the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Given the increasing popularity of body art, the goal of Public Act 375 is to set statewide requirements for body art facilities, thereby decreasing the risk of transmission of bloodborne diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

Although licenses are issued by the state, the program is administered by local health departments.  To receive a license, a facility must:

  1. Complete a plan review with the local health department.
  2. Apply for a license with the Michigan Department of Community Health.
  3. Pass an onsite inspection by the local health department.

Once a facility has a license, it receives annual inspections.  Inspections cover all aspects of the body art process, from set-up to the procedure itself to clean-up and sterilization.

For more information, please visit the Michigan Department of Community Health website.

Click here to download a body art plan review packet.