City of Poplar Bluff, MO
Butler County
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Section 640.010 Permit Required — Compliance With City Code of Ordinances and State Regulations Required.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-1; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981; Ord. No. 6601 §1, 4-21-2003]
No person shall operate a tattoo shop within the corporate limits of the City without first obtaining a permit to do so from the office of the City Clerk. Further, no person shall operate a tattoo shop within the corporate limits of the City without first paying all taxes, if any, due to the City and complying with the Poplar Bluff Code of Ordinances and all rules and regulations of the City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and the Code of State Regulations.
No person shall operate a tattoo establishment, unless said person has completed and submitted to the City Clerk a notarized application that has been approved for licensure by the State Division of Professional Registration.
No person shall tattoo without submitting to the City Clerk a completed notarized application that has been approved for licensure by the Division of Professional Registration.

Section 640.020 Building and Equipment.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-2; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
Floors. The floor of any tattoo shop shall be of good construction, easily cleanable and non-absorbent. The floor shall be kept clean at all times.
Walls And Ceilings. All walls and ceilings, including doors, windows, skylights and similar closets, shall be kept clean and in good repair.
Lighting. All areas in which tattooing is done shall be provided with a minimum of twenty (20) foot-candles of light power. A minimum of ten (10) foot-candles of light power shall be provided in all other areas.
Health Facilities. Each room where tattooing is done shall be equipped with a handwashing lavatory with hot and cold running water under pressure. Soap and sanitary towels shall be provided at each lavatory.
Tattoo Rooms. Areas of rooms where tattooing is done shall be separated from the rest of the building by walls and/or partitions. The building and premises shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition at all times and kept free from all health hazards.

Section 640.030 Instruments.

[R.O. 2007 33½-3; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
Generally. All instruments, such as needles and other items of any material, which come into contact with the human skin, shall be sterilized before use. A separate sterilized needle or instrument shall be used for each patron. No sterile instrument shall be kept for more than seven (7) days without resterilization. Date of sterilization shall be written on the package containing sterile instruments in permanent ink or print.
Method Of Sterilization. All instruments which come into contact with the human skin shall be sterilized by the following method:
Sterilization shall be caused by steam under pressure at a temperature not less than two hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (250°F) and fifteen (15) pounds per square inch for thirty (30) minutes or any other method approved by State and City health authorities.
Needles. Needles may be of the reusable or disposable type. Any reusable needles shall be soaked in a germicidal solution prior to sterilization in the autoclave. Disposable needles shall be discarded after one (1) use by breaking or otherwise totally destroying said reusable needles.

Section 640.040 Tattooing Risk.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-4; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
General Requirements. All ink used in tattooing shall be sterile and of a type recommended for tattooing.
Containers. Ink shall be in individual containers and not reused from one patient to another. No large containers of ink or color materials shall be used. Instead small, color capsules shall be used to preclude or mitigate against the possibility of contamination of sterile items.

Section 640.050 Care of Physical Area Prior to and After Tattooing.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-5; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
Preparation. The area to be tattooed shall be clean shaven. The area shall then be washed with an antibacterial cleanser, such as surgical soap or an equivalent substance. The area shall then be treated with a disinfectant solution, such as seventy percent (70%) isopropyl or alcohol.
After Tattooing. After the tattooing process is completed, the area shall be covered with a sterile bandage or gauze.

Section 640.060 Health and Disease Control.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-6; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
Disease. No person, while affected with any disease in a communicable form or while a carrier of any communicable disease or while affected with boils, infected wounds, sores or respiratory infections, shall engage in tattooing.
Cleanliness. All persons engaged in tattooing shall maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness while on duty. Each person shall wash their hands before starting tattooing and after each tattooing process is completed.

Section 640.070 Inspection.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-7; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
The City shall cause the inspection of all tattooing shops to be made at least once every three (3) months.

Section 640.080 Immediate Cessation of Operation.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-8; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
If, at any time, the City advises the operator of a tattooing shop that said operator is in violation of the health and sanitary provisions provided for herein, the City shall immediately suspend said operator's license until such time as the operator is offered an opportunity to respond to the City's finding. Such opportunity to respond must be granted within five (5) days of the date of suspension. Said opportunity to respond may be before the office of City Manager or the City Council, as the City Manager shall determine. Said operator may be represented at said opportunity to respond by a representative, in person or both.

Section 640.090 Age Limits — Violations.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-9; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981; Ord. No. 6246 §1, 3-6-2000]
No person shall knowingly tattoo a person under the age of eighteen (18) years.
A person shall not tattoo another person if the other person is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance.
A person who violates this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section 640.100 Written Record.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-10; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
Each operator of a tattoo shop must advise each patron, in writing, of the permanent nature of the tattoo and all possible adverse side effects of the tattooing process. Said written advice shall be signed by the patron and retained by the operator for a period of three (3) years.

Section 640.110 Medical Examination.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-11; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
No person shall participate in the tattooing process, in any fashion whatsoever, without first having been examined by a licensed medical physician within six (6) months of the day the tattooing process is to take place. A certificate of medical examination shall be prominently displayed in the area in which the tattooing process takes place.

Section 640.120 Forms and Other Requirements.

[R.O. 2007 §33½-12; Ord. No. 4629 §1, 10-5-1981]
The office of the City Clerk is hereby directed to provide all forms and permits identified in this Chapter. The office of the City Manager is hereby directed to provide all regulations and requirements necessary to implement the provisions of this Chapter.