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News updates: Tattoos, body piercing, and body art

June 2021

New self-certification review process

What is happening?

We're conducting a remote self-certification review process for all licensed cosmetology and tattoo businesses. Self-certification is a new way for us to review regulatory requirements. We'll contact you to review information that we obtained during in-person inspections.

Why is this changing?

On March 17, 2020, we closed our offices due to the Governor's COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. During this time, we suspended in-person safety and sanitation inspections. This new process is an effort to adapt to a changing world, as well as a new way to interact with and serve our customers.

Who will this impact?

This change will impact all salon shop and artist shop licensed businesses.

A salon shop is a location license for an establishment that provides:

  • Cosmetology.
  • Hair design.
  • Barbering.
  • Esthetics.
  • Master esthetics.
  • Manicuring services.

This includes independent contractors who rent a booth or station in an establishment.

An artist shop is a location license for an establishment that provides:

  • Tattoos.
  • Permanent cosmetics.
  • Body piercing services.

What to expect during a self-certification review

  • We'll contact you by phone and email to start the self-certification process. We'll provide instructions at that time.
  • You'll have a limited time to complete and return a self-certification form. The form attests that your shop is in compliance with licensing regulations.
  • We'll review and verify all submitted information. We'll then contact you for correction if we find any discrepancies.

When is this happening?

We will begin contacting licensees for self-certification reviews starting in June 2021.

Questions? Need help?

Email us: cosmoinspections@dol.wa.gov.



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