Personal service establishments are facilities in which a person provides a service to, or on the body of another person. These include hair and nail salons, tattoo parlours, piercing facilities, tanning salons, floatation tanks and laser hair removal, among others.
Personal Service Facility Inspections
Our Environmental Health Officers inspect facilities that perform invasive personal services, also known as body modification, because of the higher risk of infection and disease transmission associated with personal services that penetrate the skin. Body modification services include tattoo and piercing facilities, permanent make-up facilities, and microblading facilities. We also inspect float tanks due to the potential challenges associated with their operation.
As a consumer, you are responsible for ensuring that the personal service facility you wish to visit has appropriate infection control measures in place. If you have questions about a facility, or inspection reports are not available, seek guidance from your local Health Protection Office.
Opening a Tattoo, Microblading, Float Tank or Piercing Facility
Before opening a personal service establishment and prior to beginning construction, personal service establishment operators must submit an application package to their local Health Protection Office seeking approval to operate.
Application packages must include:
- a set of floor plans and equipment specifications
- written procedures for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing, as well as procedures for blood and body fluid exposure
Personal Services at Trade Shows
For approval to provide personal services at trade shows, complete the Application Form on page 10 of the Provincial Guidelines for Personal Services Offered at Tradeshows.
Once an operator has submitted an application, had plans approved, and indicates that the facility is ready to open, an Environmental Health Officer will conduct a pre-opening inspection and, upon confirming compliance with the Regulated Activities Regulation and Guidelines for Personal Service Establishments, approval to operate will be granted.
Operators in the Capital Regional District should also review the Tattoo Regulation Bylaw.
The World Health Organization classifies ultraviolet (UV) tanning beds as a “group one carcinogen.” This means they are known to cause cancer in humans.
The provincial Regulated Activities Regulation prohibits a person under the age of 18 (minors) from using tanning equipment at a personal service establishment. This is designed to reduce the chances of developing skin cancer later in life. Operators must not allow minors to use tanning facilities, unless the minor has a medical prescription for treating a skin condition.
Tanning Facilities in the Capital Regional District (CRD)
The CRD has developed a local bylaw (Bylaw #3711) which:
- prohibits UV tanning for minors under the age of 18 years
- outlines requirements for salon owners and adults 18 years of age and older
- lists fines associated with Tanning Bylaw Infractions
- read the Guide to the Contents of the CRD Tanning Bylaw 3711.
- Complete the Tanning Facility Information Form and send it to Health Protection and Environmental Services (Victoria Gateway office).
- Post this Warning Sign beside each piece of UV tanning equipment.
- Provide the Health Risk Information for the Adult Tanning Salon User Brochure to each UV tanning salon patron upon first use
Questions and Concerns about a Personal Service Establishment
If you have a question or concern related to potential health violations, please contact Health Protection and Environmental Services.
Guidelines for Personal Service Establishments
Guidelines for Body Modification
Guidelines for Personal Service Establishments at Trade Shows
Guidelines for Flotation Tank Facilities
Guidelines for Laser Hair Removal
Best Practice Guidelines for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Critical and Semi-critical Medical Devices
Guidelines for Tanning Salon Owners, Operators and Adult Users