[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken 5-6-1998 by Ord. No. R-311. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The City of Hoboken's purpose in enacting this chapter is to exercise its power to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens from the dangers inherent in body-piercing. Body-piercing involves the exposure of blood and bodily fluid. The medical risks involved in body-piercing include the contraction of diseases such as hepatitis, AIDS, cutaneous TB, and tetanus. In addition, body-piercing can cause infections that result in illness, deformity, or scarring.
As used in this chapter:
- BODY-PIERCING PARLOR
- Any place, premises, building, part of building, cellar, basement, room or establishment in which the skin, flesh, cartilage of a human being is pierced or punctured for the purpose of inserting jewelry or other decorative items or adornments.
Except as provided in § 185-4 of this chapter, it shall be illegal to own or operate a body-piercing parlor within the City of Hoboken.
Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the operation of an establishment in which only piercings of the lobes of the ears and/or the sides of the nose are performed, the piercings of which areas are least prone to infection and medical complications. Such establishments, however, shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 115 of the Code of the City of Hoboken.
Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit piercings performed by a physician licensed by the State of New Jersey.
Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, but no fine imposed on any person for the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be less than $50.
Each day that a violation of the provisions of this chapter is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate violation and shall be punishable as such.
In the event that any section, subsection, or any part of this chapter shall be declared invalid, such decision shall not be deemed to affect the validity of any other section, subsection, or other part of this code.
All ordinances or parts of same inconsistent with any provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.