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Personal Service Establishments

We inspect facilities that provide personal services such as ear piercing and tattooing

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Personal service establishments are establishments in which a person provides a service to or on the body of another person. Click here for examples of personal services.


New changes to the provincial Regulated Activities Regulation ban youth under the age of 18 (minors) from using tanning equipment went into effect October 15, 2012.

Learn more and other personal service establishment news.

What are personal services?

Personal services include but are not limited to:

  • Ear and body piercing
  • Hair salons
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattooing
  • Laser hair removal

Application form

An application form must be submitted to operate a personal service establishment. Find out how to submit your application.

Inspection reports and enforcement

Personal service establishments are inspected to ensure compliance with the Regulated Activities Regulation under the Public Health Act.

View inspection reports on, and violation tickets issued against, personal service establishments.

Have a complaint or concern?

If you have a health and safety concern or complaint about a personal service establishment, please contact your local health protection office. See listing below.


Learn more about preventing health hazards in your personal service establishment. Visit our resources section for guidelines.


Contact us
The links below will take you to a services directory listing, which includes descriptions, contact details and related documents for our services. Can't find what you're looking for? Email us at

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Environmental HealthBurnaby, Fraser Valley, Langley, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Surrey/White Rock/ Delta, Tri-Cities

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