Body Art Facility Construction Permitting

What is the process?

Step 1: Review Construction and Operational Requirements

Read and comply with the Requirements for Body Art Facility reference document.


*Please note, it is strongly encouraged to contact the local city or county jurisdiction Planning and Building Department as additional permits may be required by them.

Step 2: Submit Required Items

Submit the following:

  • A completed Plan Check Application for Body Art Facility form,
  • Three (3) copies of plans drawn to scale and with the scale indicated,
  • Equipment specification sheets and other information documents that will ensure compliance with equipment/construction requirements.

Step 3: Pay Plan Check Fee

The permit fee is due with the application. Please refer to the Environmental Health Permit Fee Schedule for more information. Click here to pay fees online (no additional fees).

Step 4: Await response from inspector

Plans must be approved prior to beginning construction. The inspector reviewing the plan will contact you with any additional information or forms that may be required, revisions needed, or when your plan is approved.

Step 5: Schedule Inspection

Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an inspection of your Body Art Facility prior to opening for business

Step 6: Await Inspector Approval to Begin Operation

It is unlawful to begin operation of a new or remodeled Body Art Facility without first receiving approval from an inspector in addition to a valid Health Permit to Operate.

The inspector will grant approval to begin operation upon completion of construction and opening inspections.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to businesses wishing to begin construction or modification of a Body Art Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to our Fee Schedule or call or office at (805) 781-5544.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Please visit us, email us, contact us, or call our office to begin the process.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Environmental Health Supervisors

Leslie Terry

(805) 781-5553; [email protected]

  • Beach Water Quality, Cross-Connection, Land Use, Small Public Water Systems, Water Well Programs and Vector Programs

Aaron LaBarre

(805) 781-5595; [email protected]

  • Body Art, Food Protection, Swimming Pools and Spas.

Peter Hague 

(805) 781-5554; [email protected]

  • Hazardous Materials (CUPA) Programs