Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Tattooing Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 50]
General Review 2017 | Tattoo and Body-Piercing
Action 4846
General Information
Action Summary Changes in the body art industry, and the time elapsed since the last regulatory changes, warrant a general review of the tattooing and body-piercing regulations. The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology seeks to amend its current regulations to ensure they are as least intrusive and burdensome as possible, while still protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The regulations will be reviewed to make sure that they accurately reflect current professional and industry standards and are consistent, clearly written, and easily understandable. The Board will also consider amending current regulations to allow the tattoo and body-piercing apprenticeships to be administered by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. The Board may make other changes it identifies as necessary during the regulatory review process.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 41-50 Tattooing Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 41 - 60 Body-Piercing Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005125]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7966 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/15/2017.
8291 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/20/2019.
8921 Revised Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 06/09/2021.
9499 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/01/2023.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.