With the recent outbreak of measles occurring in the United States, New Jersey residents may be notified by public health authorities, or their healthcare provider, that they have unknowingly been exposed to a case of measles or suspected measles. We understand that you may have questions or concerns. The purpose of this document is to help explain what is considered an exposure and what you need to do if you have been told that you have been exposed to measles.

If you plan on opening a facility which conducts body art, the following procedures must be followed as described in N.J.A.C. 8:27-1

8:27-2.1 Procedure to locate and construct establishment
(a.) Any person desiring to construct, expand, alter or operate a permanent cosmetic, tattooing, or ear or body piercing establishment shall apply in writing to the local health authority for review and approval before such construction, expansion, alteration or operation is begun. Such application shall include the following information:

  1. The applicant’s legal name, home address and telephone number, full business name, business address, post office address and telephone number. The application shall also include whether the applicant is an individual, partnership, the names and address of the partners shall be included on the application. If the applicant is a corporation, the names and addresses of all corporate officers shall be included on the application;
  2. Plans and specifications shall illustrate the location of the proposed establishment and a floor plan of the establishment as it is proposed to be operated. An exact inventory of all processing equipment as it is to be used. Plan shall indicate the layout of the reception area, the procedure areas, the cleaning and sterilization area, the storage and the toilet facilities.
  3. A statement of approval from the municipal agency responsible for the administration of planning and zoning ordinance for the proposed construction or expansion of the body are establishment;
  4. A complete description of all services to be provided, the proposed hours of operation, the name of the operator and the names of all practitioners and their exact duties, a copy of the informed consent for each procedures;
Source: New Jersey State Sanitary Code Chapter VIII Body Art Procedures, N.J.A.C. 8:27 ET SEQ.

Local Board of Health Information

Many of our communities’ public health services are authorized under the auspices of Local Boards of Health see N.J.S.A 26-

Boards of Health are comprised of volunteers who attend regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year. All meeting are governed by “sunshine Laws” which enable citizens to be aware about Public Health issue in their communities. Additionally, all these meetings entertain public comments during designated times at each meeting.

The following towns have Local Boards of Health:


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Englewood Cliffs

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Hasbrouck Heights

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New Milford

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Ridgefield Park

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River Edge

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The Mid Bergen Regional Health Commission

James Fedorko - Health Officer

New Location: Garfield Health Department, 60 Elizabeth Street, Garfield, NJ 07026

973-340-3340, ext 4450

973-340-2000, ext 4450

Fax: 973-772-7721