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Batavia committee recommends new tattoo parlor rules

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Aldermen at Tuesday’s joint Committee of the Whole meeting unanimously recommended proposed new rules regulating the opening of new tattoo parlors in the city’s downtown.

Their recommendation will now go to the full City Council.

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

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

The proposed change would not affect the two tattoo parlors currently in the downtown, which would be grandfathered in as a nonconforming 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 proposed making tattoo parlors/piercing studios a conditional use in the city’s downtown, which would allow for the city to impose conditions.

In addition, 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 the age of 18 from being tattooed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with 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.

Batavia 2nd Ward Alderman Martin Callahan liked the proposed rules.

“I think they are a little more business friendly,” he said. “We are not passing judgment on the business itself.”

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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