Commercial Body Art – Louisiana Department of Health

Posted in Louisiana Tattoo on Dec 14, 2020

Commercial Body Art

Commercial body art has been regulated in the state of Louisiana since 1999.Body artis 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 (CBA) 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 LDH Food and DrugUnit 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.

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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:

You will need the following additional items to give your inspector when he performs your preoperational inspection:

A note regarding the registration of microblading firms located within salons


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):

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Commercial Body Art - Louisiana Department of Health

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