Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Inspection, Compliance and Enforcement

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.

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.

Operators are required to develop a facility specific infection prevention plan. This Safe Body Art Infection Prevention Plan Operator Template is intended to help guide an operator’s development of this plan.

Infection Prevention Plan Operator Template

Apply for a permit

To apply, complete the application form and the checklist for either a Class 1 Permanent or Mobile Body Art Facility or Class 2 Temporary Body Art Facility permit.

Submit the forms with payment to your local Department of Environment office.

For more information, operators can contact the Department of Environment at 1-877-936-8476.