East Moline's Body Art Program

More than Tattoos
Body Art includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques: body piercing, tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, acts of suspension, branding and scarification.  Anyone performing these techniques are required to comply with City and State regulations. Illegal operations can be turned into the Illinois Department of Public Health  (IDPH) or the city of East Moline.
  1. Program Overview
  2. Important Considerations
What does the program do?
  • Provides information to the public as well as permitted facilities
  • Conducts initial, routine and complaint inspections of IDPH registered facilities
  • Ensures that all body art performed in the city of East Moline is in accordance with all applicable state laws and city ordinances
  •  Issues and manages artist permits Issues and manages all establishment permits including: Permanent establishments; Mobile establishments; Temporary establishments
Regulations & Timelines
  • East Moline has had an ordinance and inspection program in effect since 1995.
  • To provide for a safe and adequate blood supply Illinois passed the Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act (Public Act 094-1040; 410 ILCS 54) on July 1, 2007.  Now, all facilities conducting body work activities are required to register with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • This Act stimulated the Illinois Department of Public Health to create the Body Art Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 797) which went into effect December 26, 2008.  This is the code used throughout Illinois to regulate body art establishments and their activities.
  • East Moline utilizes the Body Art Code and City Ordinance Title 7, Chapter 13   to regulate and inspect body art facilities in the city.  Local ordinance is used to license artists and meet local concerns.