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Public Act 375, enacted in December 2010, states that any tattooing, branding, and body piercing done by one individual on another must occur at a facility licensed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of Public Act 375 is to set statewide requirements for body art facilities, thereby decreasing the risk of transmission of bloodborne diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

Although body art licenses are issued by the state, the program is administered by local health departments. To receive a license, a facility must:  

  1. Complete a plan review with their local health department.
  2. Apply for a license with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. Pass an onsite inspection done by the local health department.

Once a facility has a license, it receives annual inspections. Inspections cover all aspects of the body art process, from set-up to the procedure itself to clean-up and sterilization.

For additional information, please visit "MDHHS Body Art Facility Licensure" webpage.

To download a body art plan review packet, visit the “Forms” webpage.

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