[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the City of Woodbury 7-10-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall engage in the business of tattooing or shall operate any establishment where tattooing is performed or shall tattoo any other person without first obtaining a license to do so from the Board of Health of the City of Woodbury, and such persons shall comply with the requirements of this chapter.
Application for said license shall be made on forms provided by the Board of Health.
Person(s) applying shall submit a medical certificate, issued within 30 days of application, by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in the State of New Jersey, stating that the perspective licensee and assistants are free from all contagious or communicable diseases or conditions which may jeopardize the health of clients.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2016-05]
The license fee for each business or establishment where tattooing is performed shall be $200 for a one-year licensing period from January 1 to December 31. Applicants must apply for the following year's license no later than October 31. Licenses issued during the course of the year shall expire on the following December 31, regardless of the date issued. The $200 fee is nonrefundable should the applicant not be permitted to obtain a license. The license is nontransferable.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2016-05]
Each person who intends to do tattooing shall pay a license fee of $50 for a one-year licensing period from January 1 to December 31. Applicants must apply for the following year's license no later than October 31. Licenses issued during the course of the year shall expire on the following December 31, regardless of the date issued. The $50 fee is nonrefundable should the applicant not be permitted to obtain a license. Anyone seeking to obtain said license from the City of Woodbury shall present to the Secretary of the Board of Health personal injury liability insurance coverage not less than $1,000,000.
Every person, business or establishment engaged in tattooing shall at all times comply with the following requirements:
All tattoo-related procedures are to be carried out in a clean, safe and sanitary manner, as approved by the Board of Health, so as to minimize the potential of disease transmission.
All areas of the tattoo establishment shall be constructed and maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary manner in compliance with all applicable statues, laws, regulations, codes and ordinances of the City of Woodbury and the State of New Jersey.
All areas of the establishment are to be accessible for inspection by the Board of Health and its authorized representatives.
No dye or ink solution shall be used for tattooing purposes unless such solution has been approved by the City of Woodbury Board of Health for such use. All such solutions shall be maintained in a sterile condition by methods approved by the Board of Health prior to use. Fresh pigments in sterile containers are to be used for each customer.
All instruments used in connection with the preparation for, or process of, tattooing shall be sterilized by methods approved by the Board of Health prior to use and stored in a protected manner to prevent subsequent contamination.
Complete, accurate records of all persons tattooed shall be kept. These records shall be maintained for a minimum period of two years and shall include the following information:
Name, address, sex and age of person tattooed.
Date of tattoo.
Physical location and description of tattoo.
Name of manufacturer of the dye solution, type(s), lot and batch number of dye used.
Name, address, social security number and telephone number of person applying the tattoo.
It shall not be implied or stated in any advertisement or in any other way that the tattoo establishment or business is endorsed, regulated or approved by the City of Woodbury or by any of its departments, boards or representatives, or is conducted in compliance with the terms of this chapter.
No person who is under the influence of alcohol or controlled dangerous substances shall be tattooed.
No one involved in any tattooing business shall allow a tattoo artist to operate in the same unless the tattoo artist is the holder of a valid license as defined in this chapter.
Immediately after tattooing a patron, the tattoo artist shall advise that person, in writing, on the care of the tattoo and shall instruct the patron to consult a physician at the first sign of infection of the tattoo. A copy of the written instructions which are provided to the patron tattooed shall be kept on file for a minimum of two years.
Toilet, urinal and hand-washing facilities shall be maintained on the premises, separate and isolated from the business area in which tattooing is performed, for the use of customers and tattooers. Toilets, urinals and washing facilities shall be maintained in a sanitary condition at all times.
The tattooer or the tattoo business or establishment shall have proper facilities for the disposition of waste materials. Any waste materials, including but not limited to instruments, dyes, pigments, carbon stencils and other paraphernalia which constitute hazardous or medical wastes, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Solid Waste Management or other recognized entity or law, shall be removed from the premises and disposed of in the same manner as used by surrounding hospitals and medical practitioners. Said hazardous or medical waste shall not be disposed of with the City of Woodbury Sanitation Department. It is further required that all needles, razors and/or pigment capsules shall be employed and otherwise used on only one patron, thereafter to be disposed of and replaced. All other equipment and/or instruments which are non-disposable shall be kept and maintained sterilized at all times by autoclaving in accordance with the proper manufacturer's directions. Additionally, all autoclaved equipment and/or instruments shall be thereafter stored in individual sterile envelopes so as to insure said equipment and/or instruments remain sterile after the autoclaving.
Each tattooer shall be provided with individual hand brushes and fingernail files.
No animals shall be allowed within a tattoo parlor or establishment, and no tattoos shall be affixed on same.
The license holder shall not permit consumption of any form of food or drink while the establishment is open for business.
All tattoo facilities shall limit their hours of operation to between 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The license of any person, business or establishment convicted of a violation of this section under this section shall be suspended for up to one year.
No person shall tattoo any person under the age of 16 years. No person shall tattoo any person who is more than 16 years of age, but less than 18 years of age, unless such minor shall first have presented to the person engaged in the practice of tattooing a letter from the minor's parents or guardians consenting to the tattooing procedure. Such letter shall be kept on file for a minimum period of two years.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not less than $5 and not exceeding $500. Each day constitutes a separate violation.