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Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners - Laws and Rules


Oregon revised statutes 690.350-690.415 and 690.992 - Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners Laws
Oregon revised statutes ORS 676.575-676.625 and 676.990-676.992 - Health Licensing Office Laws


Oregon administrative rules Chapter 331, Divisions 900-950 - Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners Rules (newest linked below; SOS page not yet updated as of Jan. 9, 2017)
Oregon administrative rules Chapter 331, Divisions 001-030 - Health Licensing Office Rules

Proposed, recently adopted and temporary rules

Recently adopted rules

In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2013, creating the Board of Body Art Practitioners, now the Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners, under the Health Licensing Office to allow for regulation and oversight of body piercing, tattooing and electrology. After the bill was passed, a series of Oregon Administrative Rules were put in place to allow the HLO to administer the program, issue licenses, investigate complaints and inspect facilities.

At the request of the Board, a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) was appointed and met Aug. 2, 2016 to review and make recommendations regarding the current rules. It was determined that electrology and tattoo rules would move forward for Board approval in fall 2016.

The Board approved the new electrology and tatooing rules in November 2016. Rules became permanent and effective Jan. 1, 2017.
For complete information, please visit the Board website at
For alternative formats please contact Samantha Patnode at (503) 373-1917 or

Current rulemaking

Proposed Administrative Rules were filed with the Secretary of State and published in the October 2017 Oregon Bulletin.  Public comment is due by October 28.  A public hearing will be held Friday, October 18 and 9:00 AM at the Health Licensing Office.

The Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians has published proposed rules for public review. Comments are due by October 28.

Video review of tattoo safety and sanitation rules

 Note: This video was published in December 2016. Make sure to review the most recent copy of the tattoo Oregon Administrative Rules above.


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