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Hesperia may regulate tattoo parlors

Special to the Hesperia Star

HESPERIA • Tattoo artists in Hesperia may have to deal with the city before they can ink their next masterpiece.

The City Council will discuss an amendment Tuesday night that would add regulations to facilities that engage in body art, to comply with a new state law.

Under Assembly Bill 300, called the Safe Body Art Act, people are prohibited from performing body art without registering annually with a local enforcement agency and facilities must obtain proper health permits. As of July 1, enforcement officers have the right to suspend or revoke registrations or health permits based on inspections. The law also regulates body art performed in vehicles, temporary booths and events.

Currently, the city does not regulate these facilities, as they are classified as personal service businesses and fall under the oversight of the San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in May approved a similar ordinance to govern facilities performing body art.

If Hesperia passes its ordinance Tuesday, businesses that engage in body piercing, tattooing or the application of permanent cosmetics would have to register annually with the city, submit a business license application and a copy of EHS health permit, and receive a county certificate of registration. Further regulations would include the inspection of each facility.

There are currently 10 body art facilities in Hesperia, according to a staff report included in Tuesday’s agenda. Body art facilities now must obtain a business license and certificate of occupancy, and must operate in a commercial zone.

The City Council will also review a resolution Tuesday night that would add two additional dwellings units to a three-story, 114-unit apartment complex between Eighth and Ninth avenues, and south of Live Oak Street.

The additional units, which fall under the city’s density bonus program, allows the project to vary from development standards.

The project, which was approved by the Planning Commission in August, also falls under the city's affordable housing goals which are mandated by the state, and supported by the city’s general plan housing element.

The City Council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, at 15776 Main St. The full agenda and meeting can be viewed online at ca-hesperia.civicplus.com.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at MrReneDeLaCruz@gmail.com.


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