Body Art

The Merced County Community and Economic Development Department, Division of Environmental Health (MCDEH) is responsible for regulating the operation of tattoo, permanent cosmetics, body piercing and branding facilities and practitioners in Merced County. All body art activities are regulated under the California Safe Body Art Act which is an excerpt from the California Health and Safety Code.

Staff will assist in making sure permitted facilities and practitioners in Merced County are operating in compliance with the California Safe Body Art Act (CASBAA) by conducting annual inspections, providing education, conducting complaint investigations, and permitting body art facilities and practitioners. 

Practitioners are required each year to submit a renewal application, an updated bloodborne pathogen (BBP) training certificate, and pay applicable fees. Below are the links for the application and list of approved bloodborne pathogen trainers, as well as other important information for becoming a permitted body art facility and practitioner.

Body art facility permits are not transferable. Upon ownership change, the new owner must obtain a new Permit to Operate before business operation.


Location: 2222 M St. Merced CA 95340
Environmental Health Division