WSR 10-01-035



[ Filed December 7, 2009, 12:00 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Body art, body piercing and tattoo rule development.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.300.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 18.300 RCW the law relating to body art, body piercing, and tattooing was passed by legislature during the 2009 legislative session. The department will need to develop rules to carry out this new law.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department of health determines the safety and sanitation requirements of chapter 18.300 RCW. The department of health's representative has been in attendance and actively involved with the department of licensing body art, body piercing and tattoo advisory committee meetings and rule development process.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making. Direct notice will be made to a compiled stakeholders list. Communication with the public in general will be made through the department of licensing (DOL) tattoo, body art, body piercing web site and tattoo, body art, body piercing listserv.

DOL welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should attend the body art, body piercing and tattoo advisory committee meetings posted on the DOL web site. At a later date, DOL will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making.

To receive information by e-mail, please sign up on the TATTOOBODYARTPIERCERS listserv at

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Benjamin Rogers, Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, Tattoo Program, P.O. Box 9026, Olympia, WA 98507, phone (360) 664-1380, e-mail, fax (360) 664-2550. Interested parties may send in their comments by mail, phone, facsimile, or e-mail. Additional information will be posted on the tattoo, body art, body piercing internet web site as it becomes available at

December 7, 2009

Walt Fahrer

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office