Borough of North Arlington, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Borough of North Arlington 4-12-1978 by Ord. No. 2-78 (Ch. 260 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 448-1

§ 448-2
Compliance required. 

§ 448-3
Procedures to be carried out in certain manner. 

§ 448-4
Maintenance of establishments. 

§ 448-5
Records to be open for inspection. 

§ 448-6
Statements of endorsement or approval. 

§ 448-7
Use of approved substances required. 

§ 448-8
Sterilization of instruments required. 

§ 448-9
Tattooing of minors. 

§ 448-10
Tattooing of intoxicated persons. 

§ 448-11
Maintenance of records. 

§ 448-12
License required; license fee. 

§ 448-13
Violations and penalties. 

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Any placement or injection by means of a penetrating instrument, or in any other manner, of chemicals, substances, dyes or other materials upon or beneath the surface of the skin of a human being for the purpose of marking, decoration or other permanent alteration of the appearance of the skin surface.

No person shall engage in the business of tattooing, whether for compensation or not, or shall operate any establishment where tattooing is performed, whether for compensation or not, or shall tattoo any person for compensation or not without complying with the requirements of this chapter and pursuant to the rules and regulations promulgated by the North Arlington Board of Health.

All tattooing and other related procedures shall be carried out in a clean, safe and sanitary manner so as to minimize the danger of infection to the person being tattooed, including but not limited to the operator scrubbing his/her hands with a surgical brush, warm water, soap and germicidal solution; the area of the customer to be tattooed shall be washed and sprayed with germicidal solution; and the tattoo stencil cold sterilized with a germicidal solution.

All tattooing establishments located within the Borough of North Arlington shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner, in compliance with all applicable ordinances and regulations of the State of New Jersey which shall be deemed applicable.

All records and facilities of any establishment in which tattooing is performed, whether for compensation or not, shall be open for inspection by the Borough Health Officer or such person designated by the Board of Health of the Borough of North Arlington, with or without notice.

No person or operator of any establishment or other place where tattooing is performed shall state, represent, warrant, advertise or imply to a customer, potential customers or the public at large that the tattooing establishment is endorsed, regulated or approved by the Borough of North Arlington or any department thereof, or is conducted in compliance with the terms of this chapter.

No dye, solution, chemical, substance, material or any other thing shall be used in the application of tattoos to any person unless such solution shall be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or other appropriate agency of the local, state or federal government for tattooing purposes.

All instruments or other implements including but not limited to needles used in connection with tattooing shall be first sterilized by autoclaving at 250° F. for a period not less than one hour.

No minor or incompetent may be tattooed without the written consent of his/her parent or legal guardian, with said consent remaining on file with said record as prescribed by this chapter.

No one who appears to be under the influence of a drug or alcohol will be tattooed, and said record will so indicate.

All persons engaged in the business of tattooing, whether for compensation or not, or who endeavor in any manner whatsoever to tattoo any person shall maintain for a period of five years from the date of tattooing a record containing the following information:


The date of tattooing.


The name, address and sex of the person tattooed.


The name and address of the person performing the tattoo operation.


The design, color or colors and location on the body of the tattoo.


The dye or substance used in marking the skin.


The method of tattooing used.


If the person tattooed is a minor as defined by law, the name, address and relationship of the person tattooed of any person consenting to the tattooing operation on behalf of such minor, along with the said consent. It shall not be a defense to any proceeding under this chapter for failure to maintain such record that the person requesting tattooing represented himself or herself to be of legal age unless such representation shall be in writing, signed by the person to be tattooed, and accompanied by a notation as to what means were used to obtain proof of age.

Any person wishing to engage in the business of tattooing, whether for compensation or not, must make yearly application to the Board of Health on a form to be approved by the Board showing compliance with this chapter and tendering the sum of $250 for an annual license fee.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both, as imposed by the Municipal Judge.