Regulations – Massachusetts

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Licensing Link: – No statewide information was found. Tattooists should contact their local county health department for local laws and regulations that pertain to the registration, licensing and inspection of tattoo parlors in their city or county.

Note: currently only Boston’s requirements (no top level state requirement) could be located, which is licensing by the Boston Public Health Commission.

  1. http://www.bphc.org/boardofhealth/regulations/Documents/Body%20Art%20Guidelines%209%2019%202017.pdf
  2. https://www.bphc.org/boardofhealth/regulations/Documents/Body%20Art%20Practitioner%20License%20Application%20Revised%208.3.18.pdf

Oversight/Rules Link: Guidelines for the Implementation and Enforcement of Boston Public Health Commission’s Body Art Regulation:

  1. http://www.bphc.org/boardofhealth/regulations/Documents/Body%20Art%20Guidelines%209%2019%202017.pdf

Model body art regulations have been established for Body Art Establishments to set forth a model regulatory scheme for use by communities where Boards of Health seek to enact regulations governing the practice of body art.

  1. https://www.mass.gov/doc/body-art-establishments-model-regulations/download?_ga=2.53921128.194218274.1617578609-16997555.1617578609

Other Considerations:
See paragraph 5.5.5 1 (e) for Boston’s permanent cosmetics training and experience requirements.

  1. http://www.bphc.org/boardofhealth/regulations/Documents/Body%20Art%20Guidelines%209%2019%202017.pdf