Legislation and Regulation

Regulation frequently changes. Please note that the information contained on this page may not be the most current, though every effort will be made to update regularly.

Legislative change will only happen in positive ways if we are proactive. That means each of us must work to improve our own area by staying informed and getting involved. The APP is here to help with information, advice and experience. If you are anticipating regulations in your area, or are experiencing difficulty with your legislators, please do not hesitate to contact us *Ask a regulatory affairs question

Legislation and Regulatory Affairs Committee

About our committee members:

Chair: Steve Joyner has over 27 years of piercing experience and has been an active member of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) since 1997. He is a former Vice President of the APP and a recipient of the Al D. Memorial Award and the President's Award. He currently on the APP's Board of Directors as the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Chair and Committee. Steve is an international instructor, specializing in Aftercare, Aseptic Techniques, Freehand Techniques, Legislation/Regulations, Studio Set-up, Sterilization, and Body Suspension. He has assisted 29 states and 7 countries in regulating body piercing and the art of public suspensions.

Steve has been involved with suspensions and performance art for over 19 years, first performing with Traumatic Stress Discipline (TSD) for 5 years and then as the Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Constructs of Ritual Evolution (CoRE), based in Los Angeles and Oakland/San Francisco, CA. Steve is also the creator of the suspension manual The Art of Suspension. http://www.wearecore.com

Along the side of being a Body Piercer, Instructor, Performer, Director, and Suspension Artist; Steve is also a Branding and Scarification Artist, Consultant, performs Extreme Modifications, and a Actor. His work in the body modification industry has been featured on Guinness World Records Primetime with Allen Falkner, HBO's RealSex, The Tyra Banks Show, Modify: The Movie, the movie Sanatorium, twice on Ripley's Believe It or Not, and Oddities: San Francisco. He has also served as a consultant for a number of films in which body modifications appear. In addition, he suspended Matt Zane/Society1 for Dave Navarro's internet television show Spread TV, and suspended Tabitha Stevens for E Channel's Dr. 90210.

Contact legislation@safepiercing.org

Christina Shull started piercing professionally in 2000 and has been a Business Member of the Association of Professional Piercers since 2003. She served as the APP Secretary from 2005-2007 and has been actively involved with the APP since then, including teaching classes and speaking at many annual conferences and representing the APP at various events. Christina is an active committee member for both the APP Legislation and Regulatory Affairs Committee and the APP Bloodborne Pathogens Committee.

Her passion for improving standards for the piercing industry is what lead Christina to become an official member of the APP Legislation and Regulatory Affairs committee in 2011. In addition to her contributions to the committee, she has also been an advisory committee member for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Vice-Chair of the Oregon Board of Body Art Practitioners in 2012 and 2013, and has been an advisory committee member for the Washington Department of Licensing.

In addition to her work with the Association of Professional Piercers, Christina has also served on her local Board of Directors for the YWCA and has been the organizer for a private APP conference scholarship. She is the owner of Integrity Piercing in Wenatchee, Washington, which is one of few piercing-only studios in North America. In the little bit of spare time that she has, Christina enjoys cuddling her three cats and taking road trips.

Seth DietzSeth Dietz is more than just a fabulous beard. He is a professional and dedicated piercer who is esteemed by his peers – clients and industry co-workers alike. He started piercing in 2006 and has continued to challenge himself by learning everything he can to be the best possible piercer. He has attended Fakir Body Piercing Intensives – both Basic and Advanced. He takes and teaches classes annually at the Association of Professional Piercers Conference. He is a founding member of the Oregon Association of Professional Piercers (OPP). He is also a board member for the State of Oregon’s Board of Body Art Practitioners. Seth loves exquisite gold jewelry, ear-projects, surface piercing, and making sure clients leave feeling confident about how to take care of their new piercings. When he’s not piercing he’s hiking or climbing mountains with his awesome wife somewhere in the great outdoors or drinking a pint at a beard competition.

Matt Bavougian is happy to serve on the APP's Legislation and regulatory affairs committee. He has been working with piercing and body art legislation since 2005 when he helped organize piercers and tattooers in Illinois. He is also a current volunteer with the National Environmental Health Association's model body art code work group as well as the Association of Food And Drug Officials' Sub-committee on Body Art Materials.

Matt owns and operates Onyx Piercing Studio (formerly Know Piercing) in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives with his wife and two daughters. Together they enjoy hiking through the numerous parks in and around Lincoln. Matt enjoys cooking in his spare time. He has a particular affinity for curing and smoking meats, as well as pickling and fermenting. Matt was the head chef for the first annual Camp APP and looks forward to cooking for his fellow piercers as long as they'll let him.

Update us with information about your local regulations


Listed below are the 50 states and their regulations if any, with the bill number, and website URL. To research the contents of the bill(s), go to the website of the state. Type the bill number in the search block and it will pull up the contents of the bill(s). Once there, many states allow you to search for legislation by keywords. Type in 'body piercing' or 'body+piercing.' (If it doesn't come up, try 'tattooing.' Sometimes they are lumped together.) This method also works for county and city searches, since many local areas now have ordinances as well. If your local area and state both have regulations, the stricter ones will apply.
  Bill Number(s)/ Law number(s) Web Site (Legislature Portal)
Alabama HB 303 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/
Alaska SB 34 No legislation relating to body piercing is under review by the current session of the State of Alaska. Legislature.http://www.legis.state.ak.us/
Arizona HB2488 & HB2345 No legislation relating to body piercing is under review by the current session of the State of Arizona Legislature. htpp://www.azleg.state.az.us/
Arkansas SB 38, SB 128, and ACT 28 http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/
California AB 300 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov
Effective date: July 1, 2012.
Link to the law http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/billtrack/text.html?bvid=20110AB30094ENR
Colorado HB 1246 http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/stateleg.html
Connecticut HB 7501 http://www.cga.state.ct.us/
Delaware Code 4451 http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/february2015/final/18%20DE%20Reg%20645%2002-01-15.htm
District of Columbia - http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/
Florida HB 489 http://www.leg.state.fl.us/
Georgia code 16-5-17 http://www.legis.state.ga.us/
Hawaii HB 342 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/
Idaho - http://www2.state.id.us/legislat/legislat.html
Illinois - http://state.il.us/
Indiana - http://www.state.in.us/legislative/
Iowa SF0080 http://www.legis.state.ia.us/
Kansas - http://www.kslegislature.org/
Kentucky - http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/
Louisiana - http://www.legis.state.la.us/
Maine - http://www.maine.gov/legis/
Maryland - http://mlis.state.md.us/
Massachusetts H 131 http://www.state.ma.us/legis/
Michigan - http://www.michiganlegislature.org/
Minnesota - http://www.leg.state.mn.us/
Mississippi - http://www.ls.state.ms.us/
Missouri - http://www.moga.mo.gov/
Montana   http://leg.mt.gov/css/default.asp
Nebraska LB211 http://nebraskalegislature.gov/
Nevada - http://www.leg.state.nv.us/
New Hampshire - http://gencourt.state.nh.us/ http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xxx/314-a/314-a-mrg.htm
New Jersey A1079 and A1716 http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
New Mexico - http://www.nmlegis.gov
New York S685 http://assembly.state.ny.us/http://www.senate.state.ny.us/
North Carolina - http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/
North Dakota - http://www.state.nd.us/lr/
Ohio - http://www.state.oh.us/ohio/legislat.htm
Oklahoma - http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/
Oregon - http://www.oregon.gov/OHLA/BP/index.shtml * Updated!
Pennsylvania - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/
Rhode Island - http://www.state.ri.us/
South Carolina - http://www.scstatehouse.net/
South Dakota - http://legis.state.sd.us/
Tennessee - http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/
Texas - http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/
Utah - http://www.le.state.ut.us/
Vermont - http://www.leg.state.vt.us/
Virginia - http://legis.state.va.us/
Washington - http://www.leg.wa.gov
West Virginia - http://www.legis.state.wv.us/
Wisconsin - http://www.legis.state.wi.us/
Wyoming - http://legisweb.state.wy.us/