CHAPTER 463
body art and tanning facilities
463.10   Regulation of tattooists and tattooing establishments.
463.12   Regulation of body piercing and body-piercing establishments.
463.14   Denial, nonrenewal and revocation of license or permit based on delinquent taxes or unemployment insurance contributions.
463.16   Agent status for local health departments.
463.18   Violation of law relating to body art.
463.25   Tanning facilities.
463.10 463.10 Regulation of tattooists and tattooing establishments.
463.10(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
463.10(1)(a) (a) “Tattoo" has the meaning given in s. 948.70 (1) (b).
463.10(1)(b) (b) “Tattoo establishment" means the premises where a tattooist performs tattoos.
463.10(1)(c) (c) “Tattooist" means a person who tattoos another.
463.10(2) (2) Department; duty. Except as provided in s. 463.14, the department shall provide uniform, statewide licensing and regulation of tattooists and uniform, statewide licensing and regulation of tattoo establishments under this section. The department shall inspect a tattoo establishment once before issuing a license for the tattoo establishment under this section and may make additional inspections that the department determines are necessary.
463.10(3) (3) License required. Except as provided in sub. (5), no person may tattoo or attempt to tattoo another, designate or represent himself or herself as a tattooist or use or assume the title “tattooist" and no tattoo establishment may be operated unless the person and the establishment are licensed by the department under this section or by a local health department that is designated as the department's agent under s. 463.16. Except as provided in s. 463.16, fees for licenses issued under this section shall be as determined under s. 440.03 (9).
463.10(4) (4) Rule making. The department shall promulgate all of the following as rules:
463.10(4)(a) (a) Except as provided in s. 463.14 and subject to sub. (4m), standards and procedures for the annual issuance of licenses as tattooists or as tattoo establishments to applicants under this section.
463.10(4)(b) (b) Standards for the performance of tattoos by a licensed tattooist and for the maintenance of a licensed tattoo establishment, which will promote safe and adequate care and treatment for individuals who receive tattoos and eliminate or greatly reduce the danger of exposure by these individuals to communicable disease or infection.
463.10(4m) (4m) Military experience. Any relevant education, training, instruction, or other experience that an applicant has obtained in connection with military service, as defined in s. 111.32 (12g), counts toward satisfying standards related to education, training, instruction, or other experience for issuing a license as a tattooist if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that the education, training, instruction, or other experience that the applicant obtained in connection with his or her military service is substantially equivalent to the education, training, instruction, or other experience that is required for the issuance of a license for a tattooist.
463.10(5) (5) Exception. Subsections (2) to (4m) do not apply to a dentist who is licensed under s. 447.03 (1) or to a physician who tattoos or offers to tattoo a person in the course of the dentist's or physician's professional practice.
463.10(6) (6) Local regulation. No city, village, town, or county may enact or enforce an ordinance that does any of the following:
463.10(6)(a) (a) Regulates tattoo establishments or the practice of tattooing, except as permitted under s. 463.16 (6).
463.10(6)(b) (b) Requires local licenses, other than licenses issued by local health departments designated as the department's agent under s. 463.16, for tattoo establishments or for the practice of tattooing.
463.10 History History: 1995 a. 468; 1997 a. 191, 237; 2011 a. 120, 165; 2015 a. 55 s. 4041; Stats. 2015 s. 463.10; 2017 a. 329; 2017 a. 365 s. 111.
463.10 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. SPS 221 and Med 15, Wis. adm. code.
463.12 463.12 Regulation of body piercing and body-piercing establishments.
463.12(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
463.12(1)(a) (a) “Body piercer" means a person who performs body piercing on another.
463.12(1)(b) (b) “Body piercing" means perforating any human body part or human tissue, except an ear, and placing a foreign object in the perforation in order to prevent the perforation from closing.
463.12(1)(c) (c) “Body-piercing establishment" means the premises where a body piercer performs body piercing.
463.12(2) (2) Department; duty. Except as provided in s. 463.14, the department shall provide uniform, statewide licensing and regulation of body piercers and uniform, statewide licensing and regulation of body-piercing establishments under this section. The department shall inspect a body-piercing establishment once before issuing a license for the body-piercing establishment under this section and may make additional inspections that the department determines are necessary.
463.12(3) (3) License required. Except as provided in sub. (5), no person may pierce the body of or attempt to pierce the body of another, designate or represent himself or herself as a body piercer or use or assume the title “body piercer" unless the person is licensed by the department under this section or by a local health department that is designated as the department's agent under s. 463.16. Except as provided in s. 463.16, fees for licenses issued under this section shall be as determined under s. 440.03 (9).
463.12(4) (4) Rule making. The department shall promulgate all of the following as rules:
463.12(4)(a) (a) Except as provided in s. 463.14 and subject to sub. (4m), standards and procedures for the annual issuance of licenses as body piercers or as body-piercing establishments to applicants under this section.
463.12(4)(b) (b) Standards for the performance of body piercing by a licensed body piercer and for the maintenance of a licensed body-piercing establishment, which will promote safe and adequate care and treatment for individuals who receive body piercing and eliminate or greatly reduce the danger of exposure by these individuals to communicable disease or infection.
463.12(4m) (4m) Military experience. Any relevant education, training, instruction, or other experience that an applicant has obtained in connection with military service, as defined in s. 111.32 (12g), counts toward satisfying standards related to education, training, instruction, or other experience for issuing a license as a body piercer if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that the education, training, instruction, or other experience that the applicant obtained in connection with his or her military service is substantially equivalent to the education, training, instruction, or other experience that is required for the issuance of a license for a body piercer.
463.12(5) (5) Exception. Subsections (2) to (4m) do not apply to a dentist who is licensed under s. 447.03 (1) or to a physician who pierces the body of or offers to pierce the body of a person in the course of the dentist's or physician's professional practice.
463.12(6) (6) Local regulation. No city, village, town, or county may enact or enforce an ordinance that does any of the following:
463.12(6)(a) (a) Regulates body-piercing establishments or the practice of body piercing, except as permitted under s. 463.16 (6).
463.12(6)(b) (b) Requires local licenses, other than licenses issued by local health departments designated as the department's agent under s. 463.16, for body-piercing establishments or for the practice of body piercing.
463.12 History History: 1995 a. 468; 1997 a. 191, 237; 1999 a. 32; 2011 a. 120, 209; 2013 a. 165; 2015 a. 55 s. 4042; Stats. 2015 s. 463.12; 2017 a. 329.
463.12 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. SPS 221 and Med 15, Wis. adm. code.
463.14 463.14 Denial, nonrenewal and revocation of license or permit based on delinquent taxes or unemployment insurance contributions.
463.14(1)(1)Except as provided in sub. (1m), the department shall require each applicant to provide the department with the applicant's social security number, if the applicant is an individual, or the applicant's federal employer identification number, if the applicant is not an individual, as a condition of issuing or renewing a license under s. 463.10 or 463.12, or a permit under s. 463.25.
463.14(1m) (1m)If an individual who applies for or to renew a license or permit under sub. (1) does not have a social security number, the individual, as a condition of obtaining the license or permit, shall submit a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation to the department that the applicant does not have a social security number. The form of the statement shall be prescribed by the department of children and families. A license or permit issued or renewed in reliance upon a false statement submitted under this subsection is invalid.
463.14(2) (2)The department may not disclose any information received under sub. (1) to any person except to the department of revenue for the sole purpose of requesting certifications under s. 73.0301 and to the department of workforce development for the sole purpose of requesting certifications under s. 108.227.
463.14(3) (3)Except as provided in sub. (1m), the department shall deny an application for the issuance or renewal of a license or permit specified in sub. (1) if the applicant does not provide the information specified in sub. (1).
463.14(4) (4)The department shall deny an application for the issuance or renewal of a license or permit specified in sub. (1), or shall revoke the license or permit specified in sub. (1), if the department of revenue certifies under s. 73.0301 that the applicant for or holder of the license or permit is liable for delinquent taxes.
463.14(5) (5)The department shall deny an application for the issuance or renewal of a license or permit specified in sub. (1), or shall revoke the license or permit specified in sub. (1), if the department of workforce development certifies under s. 108.227 that the applicant for or holder of the license or permit is liable for delinquent unemployment insurance contributions.
463.14 History History: 1997 a. 237; 1999 a. 9; 2007 a. 20; 2013 a. 36; 2015 a. 55 s. 4043; Stats. 2015 s. 463.14.
463.16 463.16 Agent status for local health departments.
463.16(1)(1)In the administration and enforcement of ss. 463.10 and 463.12, the department may enter into a written agreement with a local health department with a jurisdictional area that has a population greater than 5,000 that designates the local health department as the department's agent in issuing licenses to and making investigations or inspections of tattooists and tattoo establishments and body piercers and body-piercing establishments. In a jurisdictional area of a local health department without agent status, the department of safety and professional services may issue licenses, collect license fees established under s. 440.03 (9), and make investigations or inspections of tattooists and tattoo establishments and body piercers and body-piercing establishments. If the designation is made and the services are furnished, the department of safety and professional services shall reimburse the local health department furnishing the service at the rate of 80 percent of the net license fee per license per year issued in the jurisdictional area.
463.16(2) (2)A local health department designated as the department's agent under this section shall meet standards promulgated under ss. 463.10 (4) (a) and 463.12 (4) (a). The department shall annually evaluate the licensing, investigation and inspection program of each local health department granted agent status. If, at any time, a local health department designated as the department's agent fails to meet the standards, the department of safety and professional services may revoke its agent status.
463.16(3) (3)The department shall provide education and training to agents designated under this section to ensure uniformity in the enforcement of s. 463.10 or 463.12 and rules promulgated under s. 463.10 or 463.12.
463.16(4) (4)Except as provided in sub. (4m), a local health department designated as the department's agent under this section shall establish and collect the license fee for each tattooist or tattoo establishment and for each body piercer or body-piercing establishment. The local health department may establish separate fees for preinspections of new tattoo or body-piercing establishments, for preinspections of existing establishments for which a person intends to be the new operator or for the issuance of duplicate licenses. No fee may exceed the local health department's reasonable costs of issuing licenses to, making investigations and inspections of, and providing education, training and technical assistance to the tattooists and tattoo establishments or body piercers and body-piercing establishments, plus the state fee established under sub. (9).
463.16(4m) (4m)A local health department designated as the department's agent under this section may contract with the department of safety and professional services for the department of safety and professional services to collect fees and issue licenses under s. 463.10 or 463.12. The department of safety and professional services shall collect from the local health department the actual and reasonable cost of providing the services.
463.16(5) (5)If, under this section, a local health department becomes an agent or its agent status is discontinued during a licensee's license year, the department of safety and professional services and the local health department shall divide any license fee paid by the licensee for that license year according to the proportions of the license year occurring before and after the local health department is designated as an agent or the agent status is discontinued. No additional fee may be required during the license year due to the change in agent status.
463.16(6) (6)If a local health department is designated as the department's agent under this section, a city, village, town, or county may enact or enforce ordinances and a local board of health may adopt regulations regarding the licensees and premises for which the local health department is the designated agent under this section that are stricter than s. 463.10 or 463.12 or rules promulgated by the department of safety and professional services under s. 463.10 or 463.12, but no such provision may conflict with s. 463.10 or 463.12 or with department rules. A county ordinance enacted as provided in this subsection applies only in towns within that county that have not enacted an ordinance as provided in this subsection.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 367 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before July 21, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 21, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-21-18)