CLEARFIELD -- Branding, scarification, biopsy punch, suspension piercing or any type of medical surgery at Davis County tattoo parlors is clearly prohibited in the health department's revised body art regulations.
The updated regulations now include a specific section on prohibited procedures, said Dave Spence, director of the Davis County Environmental Health Services Division.
The new regulations, adopted by the board Tuesday, also include increasing the yearly permit fee for tattoo parlors from $50 to $100.
Other than the concern of the fee driving underground the body-art applicators who work on the cheap -- those who may work out of a single room or basement, rather than a business -- body art applicators who attended the Tuesday health board meeting were, for the most part, pleased with the changes.
"They are trying to meet the industry standards," said Micah Langsholt, owner of Micah's Twisted Tattoo Co. in Layton.
"Davis County is getting up to where they need to be," said Langsholt, who has operated a body art business in Layton for 14 years.
The body art regulations adopted by the health board bring them more in line with the body art regulations the Salt Lake Valley Health Department has in place, Langsholt said.
One other aspect of body art the new policy specifically addresses is "jewelry" art, or when an ornament is placed just beneath the skin.
The policy requiring that the inserted ornament be nickel-free is necessary, Langsholt said, because on occasion ornaments having nickel in them can cause the client to experience an allergic reaction.
Other measures in the policy allow the health department to inspect the parlors on a regular basis; require the facility to have a minimum of 100 square feet of floor space; ask the facilities to prominently display a "disclosure statement" advising the public of the risks and possible consequences of body art services; and require the operator to attend an annual blood-borne pathogen training program as given or approved by the board.
Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett said the revised policy is a result of those in the body art industry approaching the health department and requesting that it update its policy to reflect with what they consider to be industry standards.
Garrett said of the 20 tattoo parlor operators in the county, about 15 attended an industry meeting with Davis County Health Department officials in January 2012 at which the consensus seemed to be for making changes.
The body-art business owners made the request to tighten the policy to prevent just anyone from being able to open a tattoo parlor and apply body-art.