Legislation and Regulation

Regulation frequently changes. Please note that the Body Piercing Related Bills and Legislation 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.

    Legislation and Regulatory Affairs Committee

    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.

    Update us with information about your local regulations

    Body Piercing Related Bills and Legislation

    Listed below are the 50 United 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)
    AlabamaHB 303http://www.legislature.state.al.us/
    AlaskaSB 34No legislation relating to body piercing is under review by the current session of the State of Alaska. Legislature.http://www.legis.state.ak.us/
    ArizonaHB2488 & HB2345No legislation relating to body piercing is under review by the current session of the State of Arizona Legislature. htpp://www.azleg.state.az.us/
    ArkansasSB 38, SB 128, and ACT 28http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/
    CaliforniaAB 300http://www.leginfo.ca.gov
    Effective date: July 1, 2012.
    Link to the law http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/billtrack/text.html?bvid=20110AB30094ENR
    ColoradoHB 1246http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/stateleg.html
    ConnecticutHB 7501http://www.cga.state.ct.us/
    DelawareCode 4451http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/february2015/final/18%20DE%20Reg%20645%2002-01-15.htm
    District of Columbia-http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/
    FloridaHB 489http://www.leg.state.fl.us/
    Georgiacode 16-5-17http://www.legis.state.ga.us/
    HawaiiHB 342http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/
    MassachusettsH 131http://www.state.ma.us/legis/
    Montana http://leg.mt.gov/css/default.asp
    New Hampshire-http://gencourt.state.nh.us/ http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xxx/314-a/314-a-mrg.htm
    New JerseyA1079 and A1716http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
    New Mexico-http://www.nmlegis.gov
    New YorkS685http://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/
    Oregon-http://www.oregon.gov/OHLA/BP/index.shtml * Updated!
    Rhode Island-http://www.state.ri.us/
    South Carolina-http://www.scstatehouse.net/
    South Dakota-http://legis.state.sd.us/
    West Virginia-http://www.legis.state.wv.us/