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Batavia aldermen approve new tattoo parlor rules

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 6:27 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Aldermen on Monday unanimously approved new rules regulating the opening of new tattoo parlors in the city’s downtown.

They were 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 new rules will not affect the two tattoo parlors currently in the downtown, which will 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.

Under the new rules, tattoo parlors/piercing studios are a conditional-use in the city’s downtown, which allows for the city to impose conditions.

Aldermen also approved a regulatory ordinance that governs how tattoo parlors/body art establishments can operate.

The ordinance, among other things, prohibits the establishments from operating between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and prevents anyone under the age of 18 from being tattooed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with written consent.

The ordinance also limits the number of establishments in 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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