Brown’s Bill to Regulate Body Art Establishments Standards Passes House
HARRISBURG – In an effort to ensure the well-being of individuals who solicit body art services in Pennsylvania, the House passed Rep. Rosemary Brown’s (R-Monroe/Pike) bill this week to regulate the establishments in which those services are offered.

“Many individuals wrongly assume that because a body art establishment uses needles, it is licensed, but that is not the case,” said Brown. “Body art services include tattooing, body piercing and permanent tattooing, and there is a real concern that these procedures are sometimes occurring in less-than-sterile environments.”

House Bill 1249 establishes the Body Art Establishment Regulation Act to license and inspect body art facilities and tongue-splitting operations. This measure would require the establishments to obtain a $100 license that would have to be visibly posted in the establishment. The license would be renewed annually, would be nontransferable, and could be revoked or denied if certain requirements are not met.

The Department of Health (DOH) would be responsible to conduct an initial inspection, upon receipt of an application, and then require DOH to randomly inspect establishments annually. This bill also calls on DOH to set health and safety standards to ensure body art procedures are performed in sterile environments and by qualified professionals.

“When needles are used and piercings are occurring and the skin has been broken, there are various safety risks that can come from a less-than-sterile environment. I feel minimum standards of practice are necessary to safeguard the consumers’ health and safety, and this legislation aims for these provisions,” she said.

There is no licensure, inspection or oversight provision in law for body art, tattoo, or tongue-splitting facilities, under current law. The Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Dermatology Association are in favor of this legislation.

For more information on this resolution, or any state-related issue, contact Brown’s district office in East Stroudsburg located at 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101, East Stroudsburg, by calling 570-420-8301. Information on current legislation can also be found on and

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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