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Body Art Facilities - Tattoos, Piercings, Branding

Body art is becoming increasingly popular and the implementation of Public Act 149 sets statewide requirements for body art facilities aimed at decreasing the risk of transmission of bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Beginning January 1, 2010, no person shall tattoo, brand or perform body piercing on another individual unless the tattooing, branding, or body piercing occurs at a body art facility possessing a valid Body Art Facility License issued by the Department

The Law

Public Act 149 – Regulating Body Art in Michigan
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Owners or operators of body art facilities will be required to apply for a body art facility license through MDHHS, to find out if a facility is licensed or to lodge a complaint against a body art facility, and more.
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Important documents for body art facilities are listed in the resources section. These include Body Art Facility Application, Body Art Facility Requirements, and Risks and Health Concerns.

Body Art Aftercare Information and Instructions

Information on PA 149, health care concerns and aftercare instructions.
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If you have questions about licensure or the plan review process and requirements, please contact one of the following offices:

  • Branch County 517-279-9561 ext. 108

  • Hillsdale County 517-437-7395 ext. 309

  • St. Joseph County 269-273-2161 ext. 108

Organization Information

Annual Reports


Organization Documents

- Strategic Plan
- Mission and Vision
- Agency Organization Chart