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Mailing Address:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Environmental Health
980-314-1620

Key Initiatives

Tattoo – Traditional Tattoo, Permanent Makeup and Microblading

**EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 141 – PHASE 2**

 

    1. Tattoo Businesses May Open. During the effective period of this Executive Order, Tattoo Businesses may operate, but must be in compliance with this Section.

       
    2. Requirements. While this Executive Order is in effect, all open Tattoo Businesses must do all of the following:

       
      1. Limit customers inside the store to Emergency Maximum Occupancy. Under this Executive Order, the Emergency Maximum Occupancy for a Tattoo Business is the lowest number produced by applying the following two tests:

        1. Limit the number of customers in the store to fifty percent (50%) of stated fire capacity (or, for spaces without a stated fire capacity, no more than twelve (12) customers for every one thousand (1000) square feet of the location's total square footage, including the parts of the location that are not accessible to customers or guests).

        11. Limit the number of people in the store so that patrons can stay six (6) feet apart.

      2. Arrange seating so that groups of customers are separated from one another by six (6) feet.

         
      3. Workers in Tattoo Businesses shall wear Face Coverings when they are within six (6) feet of another person. Notwithstanding this general requirement, people whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a Face Covering, people who cannot wear a Face Covering due to a medical or behavioral condition, and people who are under twelve (12) years of age are excepted from the requirement to wear a Face Covering. Children under two (2) years of age shall not wear a Face Covering so that their breathing may not be inhibited.

         
      4. Follow the Core Signage, Screening, and Sanitation Requirements as defined in this Executive Order, except for the requirement to have signage remind people about staying six (6) feet apart.

         
      5. Ensure that all equipment that comes into direct personal contact with customers and all furniture in service areas (such as chairs) is completely cleaned and disinfected between each customer.

         
      6. Mark six (6) feet of spacing in lines at point of sale and in other high-traffic areas for customers, such as at cash registers and waiting areas.

         
    3. Recommendation. Patrons in Tattoo Businesses are strongly encouraged to wear Face Coverings when they are within six (6) feet of another person, unless they cannot wear Face Coverings due to religious beliefs, age, or a medical or behavioral health condition.


      "Core Signage. Screening. and Sanitation Requirements" are the following actions which establishments open to the public under the terms of this Executive Order must follow, namely:

       
        1. Post the Emergency Maximum Occupancy in a noticeable place .

           
        2. Post signage reminding attendees, customers, and workers about social distancing (staying at least six (6) feet away from others) and requesting that people who have been symptomatic with fever and/or cough not enter.

           
        3. Conduct daily symptom screening of workers, using a standard interview questionnaire of symptoms, before workers enter the workplace.

           
        4. Immediately isolate and remove sick workers.

           
        5. Perform frequent and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas with an EPA-approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

           

          NCDHHS has prepared sample signs and a sample screening checklist questionnaire, available at NC DHHS COVID-19: Guidance , that may be used to meet some of the requirements above. Businesses or operations do not need to use the NCDHHS sample signs and questionnaires to meet the requirements of this Executive Order.


          Information on cloth face coverings, occupancy signs, and screening checklist can be found here:

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance#phase-1-easing-of-restrictions

 

 

The Mecklenburg County Health Department locally enforces North Carolina state rules (15NCAC 18A .3200) for the practice of tattooing.  Tattooing is defined as "the inserting of permanent markings or coloration, or the producing of scars, upon or under human skin through puncturing by use of a needle or any other method." The definition of tattooing encompasses traditional tattoo, permanent makeup and microblading.

 

Requirements

The NC tattoo rules require tattoo & permanent makeup artists to meet certain minimum sanitation standards. These standards include: each studio having an autoclave (for the sterilizing of tattoo instruments), a sink(s) for hand washing, proper storage & disposal of solid waste, studio kept clean & in good repair, maintaining records of all autoclave tests & also of each client. In addition, each artist must be able to demonstrate knowledge of proper aseptic techniques.  (There is no testing of artistic ability). Upon meeting these standards, the artist will be issued a permit. 

Permits

Persons who intend to practice as tattoo artists must complete an Application for Tattooing Permit.  It is recommended that artists contact the Health Department so an Environmental Health Specialist can review the requirements prior to any construction or installation of equipment. 

A completed application must be submitted to the health department at least 30 days before commencement of operation.

Tattoo permits are issued to a specific artist at a specific location. An artist who practices at more than one studio, or who moves to another studio, must get a new permit at each location. Each artist within an establishment must maintain their individual permit. It is not allowed for an individual to work under another artists permit.

 

Fees

New Artist $225

On-time Renewal $125

Late Renewal $225

 

Useful Documents
Tattoo Permit Application
Fact Sheet
Tattoo Permit Checklist
Microblading/Permanent Makeup Checklist

Body Piercing 

Body piercing is not regulated under NC Public Health laws or rules or by local ordinance in Mecklenburg County.

For questions, please contact:

Chris Sells, REHS: 980-314-1647  or

Environmental Health Front Desk: 980-314-1620

 

Address

Mailing Address:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Environmental Health
980-314-1620

Key Initiatives

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