Carolina state law requires that a permit be obtained from the local Health Department
before engaging in the practice of tattooing.
Physicians, and those working under the supervision
of physicians in the normal course of their
professional practice, are exempt.
tattoo artist approved by the department
must operate in a location which meets the
requirements of the tattoo rules regarding
the construction and maintenance of the facility,
separation of the tattoo room from other
areas, furniture, fixtures, equipment, lavatories,
water, sewer and waste disposal.
Prior to construction/remodeling of a tattooing facility, plans must be submitted to this department to scale with the location of all equipment, wall/divider placement, hand sinks, bathrooms and floor, walls, and ceiling finishes. Please note, that the facility shall meet all the Rules Governing the Sanitation of Tattoo Establishment, hereinafter referred to as 15A NCAC 18A section .2600. A plan review fee is also required along with contact sheet.
It is the responsibility of the owner or operator to meet all building codes, zoning ordinances, fire, tax and other laws, rules and ordinances applicable to the food service operation. Nothing in these rules shall be interpreted to exempt any tattoo operation from the rules or ordinances of other agencies.
The facility must be either hooked up to a public water system or well water. If the facility is connected to well water, then a water sample must be taken prior to opening.
Sewage shall be disposed of into either a proper onsite sewage system or public waste water system. If your facility has an onsite sewage system, a tank check is required to ensure that the existing system is sized properly.
Establishments are required to use an autoclave to sterilize their needles, needle bars and guides, and other equipment which is exposed to blood and body fluids and subsequently reused. Needles are required to be disposed after use.
autoclave must be tested for proper function
monthly by submitting a control and test
sample for evaluation by a laboratory.
is stored in the sterile container in which
it is autoclaved and opened only when the
artist is ready to begin the procedure.
artist must employ aseptic technique to
avoid contaminating the equipment as the
tattooing apparatus is assembled.
and dyes are kept in clean containers protected
from contamination. Dye must be dispensed
into individual containers before beginning
the procedure. After the procedure, any remaining
dye is discarded.
stencils are required. Many tattoo shops
use stencil duplicators to produce the stencil
that will be used to transfer the design
to the skin in outline before beginning to
instill the dye into the skin.
artist must wear disposable surgical gloves
for each procedure after scrubbing hands
and forearms for five minutes at the beginning
of the day and for two to three minutes between
each patron. The artist must wear clean disposable
gowns or lap cloths for each patron.
materials used in the tattoo procedure
must be disposed of in biohazard containers
or sterilized in the autoclave.