Before you can open a body piercing facility in South Carolina, you must get a business license and zoning approval from the municipality (city, town or county government) that has jurisdiction over your business location.
You must get also get a permit to operate from DHEC. (If your facility pierces only the ear lobe (pdf) — the lower part of the ear that contains no cartilage — you are exempt from this requirement.)
Here are the steps you must follow to get a DHEC permit to operate:
Review a copy of Regulation 61-109, Standards for Permitting Body Piercing Facilities on this website OR order a printed copy of the regulation for a $10 fee.(Payment must be by personal check or money order to DHEC; no cash or credit cards can be accepted.)
To comply with Section 103.E of Regulation 61-109, ensure that all your technicians:
Submit the permit application, required documentation and fees listed below at least 30 days prior to your facility's anticipated/projected opening date and preferably sooner. This will allow DHEC staff adequate time to carefully review your application and request any additional or amended information that may be required.
Once you have submitted all the required documents (including policies and procedures and technician files) and met all other requirements in the regulation, contact your regional DHEC representative to arrange for a mutually-agreed-upon date for an initial permitting inspection.
Get tips on preparing for your inspection.
Once we determine that your paperwork and facility are in substantial compliance with Regulation 61-109 and we inspect your facility, we’ll grant you permission to operate and issue you a permit.
You must post your permit in your facility in an area easily seen by your customers.
Note: If you are an owner of a facility/activity currently licensed/permitted by DHEC, the currently-licensed/permitted facility/activity must be in substantial compliance with applicable regulatory standards before we can issue a permit for a separate facility/activity.
Permits are effective for a 12-month period following the date of issue.
You must renew your permit every year.Learn what’s involved in renewing your permit.