City officials gave preliminary approval June 3 to a brand new ordinance to regulate tattoo parlors in Laguna Beach.
The City Council voted unanimously to add an ordinance to the city code that would set health and safety standards for “body art” facilities and require them to obtain a county health permit, as well as a city business license. The ordinance is required for county regulation and/or inspection of the tattoo establishments. Practitioners will be required to register with the county.
“I think an ordinance might be a good idea for the business — it would keep fly-by-night operators from starting up,” said Stephen Crome, long-time owner of Laguna Tattoo at 656 South Coast Highway. “But I would have to look at the ordinance before I formed an opinion about it.