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Batavia looking at new tattoo parlor regulations

BATAVIA – Batavia aldermen will take another look at whether new tattoo parlors should be prohibited from opening in the city’s downtown.

Aldermen will discuss the issue at Tuesday’s Joint Committee of the Whole meeting.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia.

Aldermen in May voted, 7-6, to send the issue back to committee for further discussion.

They have been considering removing tattoo parlors and piercing studios from the list of uses allowed in the downtown mixed-use district.

The proposed change would not affect the two tattoo parlors currently in the downtown, which would be grandfathered in as a noncomforming use. Fallen Star Tattoo is located on South Batavia Avenue, and Twizted Images recently moved from South Washington Street to East Wilson Street.

In a memo to aldermen, Batavia Community Development Director Scott Buening and Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira have proposed making tattoo parlors/piercing studios a conditional use in the city’s downtown, which would allow for the city to impose conditions.

They are proposing a regulatory ordinance that would govern how tattoo parlors/body art establishments can operate.

The ordinance, among other things, would prohibit the establishments from operating between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and prevent anyone under age 18 from being tattooed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian and having given written consent.

The ordinance also would limit the number of establishments in the downtown to two.

Tattoo parlors are defined as those that apply permanent tattoos and not cosmetic tattoos.

The Batavia Plan Commission previously voted, 5-1, to recommend removing tattoo parlors and piercing studios from the list of uses allowed in the downtown mixed-use district.

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