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Safe Body Art Act

The Safe Body Art Act and its regulations will take effect February 1, 2019.

The Act and regulations will help ensure safe practices and products are used for services like tattooing and piercing. They will help prevent infections and diseases among people who get body art services and service providers.

The Department of Health and Wellness is responsible for the Act and regulations. The Department of Environment is responsible for enforcement.

If you operate a body art business, you will need a permit from the Department of Environment. The cost of the permit is based on the class of permit you need.

Permit Class Facility Type Cost Renewal
Class 1 Permanent and mobile facilities $195 plus HST every 10 years
Class 2 Temporary events (1-14 days) $30 plus HST not renewable

Operators will need to meet standards for infection prevention and records management. Regulations and standards will be posted soon.

Applications for permits are not yet being accepted. More information will be posted soon to help body art operators prepare for when the regulations take effect February 1, 2019. Operators can call the Department of Environment at 1-877-936-8476.