Batavia sets new rules for tattoo parlors
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media October 14, 2013 9:48AM
Artist Jen Trok creates a food mixer tattoo on customer Amanda Callas at the Speakeasy Custom Tattoo in Chicago on Friday, May 24, 2013. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times ORG XMIT: CST1305242017117536
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:10AM
Batavia has approved new regulations for tattoo parlors.
The city has decided to allow them to come into the downtown as a conditional use, rather than ban them altogether in the downtown core.
In May, the city was prepared to eliminate tattoo parlors and piercing studios as a permitted use allowed in the downtown mixed-use district, but aldermen sent it back to staff for further review.
The Batavia City Council supported staff’s recommendation to make tattoo parlors and piercing studios a conditional use in the downtown mixed-use district, which would give the city leverage to impose conditions and limitations on the businesses.
Aldermen also approved a regulatory ordinance to govern how tattoo parlors and body art establishments can operate.
Tattoo parlors became a permitted use in the downtown when the zoning code was amended in 2010. Previously, tattoo parlors were allowed only if a conditional use permit was approved.
Aldermen further limited the number of tattoo parlors as a permitted use to two in the downtown.
The city has two tattoo parlors in the downtown. Fallen Star Tattoo is located on South Batavia Avenue and Twizted Images is located on East Wilson Street.
The zoning code would continue to allow tattoo parlors within the community commercial and mixed-use zoning district and the two existing tattoo parlors can remain in their locations as grandfathered nonconforming uses, city officials said.
Some of the proposed requirements in the regulatory ordinance, which would apply to all tattoo-body art establishments in the city, prohibit alcohol and prohibit the shops from being open between 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Also, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have a written consent form, and the city can inspect the premises at any time during business hours.