///Southern Nevada Health District Regulations Governing the Sanitation and Safety of Tattoo Establishments

Southern Nevada Health District Regulations Governing the Sanitation and Safety of Tattoo Establishments

Whereas, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has been established by the County of Clark and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, and Boulder City as the public Health Authority for those entities, and pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 439; has jurisdiction over all public health matters in the health district; and

Whereas, the Southern Nevada District Board of Health (Board) is the governing body of the SNHD, and is authorized to adopt regulations to regulate sanitation and sanitary practices in the interest of public health, and to protect and promote the public health and safety in the geographical area subject to the jurisdiction of the health district; and

Whereas, the Board finds that the sanitary and safe practice of tattooing and sanitation and safety of tattoo establishments does affect the public health, and finds that it is necessary to adopt Regulations Governing the Sanitation and Safety of Tattoo Establishments to prevent and control the spread of communicable disease, and to promote and regulate the safety and sanitary condition of those establishments in which tattooing is performed; and

Whereas, the Board believes that the following Regulations are designed to protect and promote the public health and safety, it does therefore publish, promulgate and order compliance within Clark County, Nevada with the substantive and procedural requirements hereinafter set forth.

Intent and Scope


The purpose of these Regulations is to protect and promote the public health, safety and environment through preventive measures and timely correction of public health and environmental issues relating to tattoo establishments.


These Regulations establish definitions; set standards for the location, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the tattoo establishment; outline requirements for the responsible person, event coordinator, tattoo operators, visiting artists, and patrons of the establishment; detail approved tattoo procedures, prohibited acts, and sterilization standards for equipment used in the establishment; outline record keeping and reporting requirements; provide for the issuance, modification, suspension, and revocation of Health Permits and Health Cards; give requirements for Body Art Special Events; and provide for enforcement.

Regulations – Online
Regulations – PDF

The table of contents include the following sections and appendices A – I. Visit the Table of Contents webpage for more information.

  • Section 1 — Definitions
  • Section 2 — Substantial Hazards to Public Health and Safety
  • Section 3 — Facilities and Equipment
  • Section 4 — General Sanitation and Sterilization
  • Section 5 — Responsible Person and Event Coordinator
  • Section 6 — Tattoo Operators and Visiting Artists
  • Section 7 — Patrons
  • Section 8 — Tattoo Procedures
  • Section 9 — Health Permit Requirements and Fees
  • Section 10 — Health Card Requirements and Fees
  • Section 11 — Body Art Special Events and Permits
  • Section 12 — Plan Review Submission and Approval
  • Section 13 — Inspections
  • Section 14 — Enforcement
  • Section 15 — Miscellaneous
  • Appendices

Contact Information

Phone: (702) 759-0677


Updated on: July 11, 2019

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