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Tattoos & Body Piercing

There are currently no rules, regulations or laws in Chemung County covering the practices of Tattooing and Body Piercing.

New York State Public Health Law Article 4-A is the only "health" law on the books in New York State that currently addresses these practices.  To download the latest copy of Article 4-A, click HERE.

On July 30, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Chapter 270 of the Laws of 2012 amending Public Health Law Article 4-A.  The amendment prohibits owners, operators, or employees of a body piercing studio from body-piercing a person under 18 years of age without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.  The Consent Form pertains to body piercing only.  The New York State Penal Law currently prohibits tattooing an individual under 18 years of age (see below).  The consent form, DOH-5072 can be downloaded HERE.

NEW.... The New York State Department of Health recently updated their website with information and interim guidance on body art.  To check out their website, click HERE.

While we await the release of regulations from the New York State Department of Health in 2009, you may want to review a sampling of county regulations from a few counties in New York State that HAVE adopted local requirements for tattooing and/or body piercing.  This way, you can begin preparing now for what might be expected of you when the regulations take effect in the future.  To view the sample regulations, simply click on the links in the boxes below:

Cattaraugus County Tattoo Regulations

Chautauqua County Tattoo & Body Piercing Regulations

Erie County Tattoo Regulations

Suffolk County Tattoo & Body Piercing Regulations



ยง 260.21 Unlawfully dealing with a child in the second degree.


A person is guilty of unlawfully dealing with a child in the second degree when:


 1.  Being an owner, lessee, manager or employee of a place where alcoholic beverages are sold or given away, he permits a child less than sixteen years old to enter or remain in such place unless: (a) The child is accompanied by his parent, guardian or an adult authorized by a parent or guardian; or (b) The entertainment or activity is being conducted for the benefit or under the auspices of a non-profit school, church or other educational or religious institution; or (c) Otherwise permitted by law to do so; or (d) The establishment is closed to the public for a specified period of time to conduct an activity or entertainment, during which the child is in or remains in such establishment, and no alcoholic beverages are sold, served, given away or consumed at such establishment during such period.  The State liquor authority shall be notified in writing by the licensee of such establishment, of the intended closing of such establishment, to conduct any such activity or entertainment, not less than ten days prior to any such closing;




2.  He marks the body of the child less than eighteen years old with indelible ink or pigments by means of tattooing;




3.  He sells or causes to be sold tobacco in any form to a child less than eighteen years old.  It is no defense to a prosecution pursuant to subdivision three of this section that the child acted as the agent or representative of another person or that the defendant dealt with the child as such.  Unlawfully dealing with a child in the second degree is a class B misdemeanor.


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