Body Art

The Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act became effective July 1, 2007.  The Illinois Body Art Program is to ensure public health, safety and welfare and provide a safe and adequate blood supply. 

Illegal body artists’ information can be turned in to Illinois Department of Public Health or Southern 7 Health Department.

As a reminder, piercing under the age of 18 can only be done with a parental/guardian signed consent form.  Any 18 year old or older tattooing anyone under the age of 18 is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. No consent can be allowed.  Tongue splitting is illegal to be performed in Illinois unless done by a licensed medical professional licensed to practice medicine in all it’s branches in the State of Illinois.

Tattoo parlor in southern Illinois
A few things the Southern 7 Health Department inspects consist of the following:
  • A copy of 77 Ill. Adm. Coded 797 maintained on site
  • Posted Registration Certificate
  • Hygiene of artist to insure no broken skin, rashes or infections
  • Previous records for client’s eligible age
  • Proper waste receptacles
  • Employee/Body Artist information
  • Business Information
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Equipment

Other Resources


Environmental Health Director
Phone: 618-634-2297 ext.110

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