City of Smithville, MO
Clay County
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Section 208.010 Prohibition of Performing Body Piercing or Tattooing on Minors.

[Ord. No. 1821-98 §1, 11-17-1998; Ord. No. 2253-04 §1, 3-16-2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to perform body piercing or tattooing on any minor without obtaining written parental consent.

Section 208.020 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 1821-98 §2, 11-17-1998; Ord. No. 2253-04 §1, 3-16-2004]
For purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall be used:
BODY PIERCING
Any method of penetrating or puncturing the skin by use of needles, studs, posts or other instruments, thereby creating an opening into or through the skin in which studs, posts, ornaments, jewelry or similar items are or can be inserted.
EAR PIERCING
Any body piercing that is performed only on the ear.
MINOR
Any person under the age of eighteen (18).
PROOF OF AGE
A driver's license or other documentary or written evidence that the individual is eighteen (18) years of age or older.
TATTOOING
Any method of puncturing the skin and inserting indelible colors in order to make permanent designs on the skin.

Section 208.030 Proof of Age.

[Ord. No. 1821-98 §3, 11-17-1998; Ord. No. 2253-04 §1, 3-16-2004]
A person performing body piercing or tattooing shall require proof of age from any prospective customer unless such person has reasonable or certain knowledge that the prospective customer is eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Section 208.040 Joint Responsibility — Vicarious Responsibility.

[Ord. No. 1821-98 §4, 11-17-1998; Ord. No. 2253-04 §1, 3-16-2004]
Every act or omission of whatsoever nature constituting a violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter by any officer, director, manager or other agent or employee of the owner of any establishment where body piercing and tattooing is performed shall be deemed and held to be the act of such owner of the establishment; such owner shall be punishable in the same manner as if such act or omission has been done or omitted by the owner personally.

Section 208.050 Penalty.

[Ord. No. 1821-98 §5, 11-17-1998; Ord. No. 1907-99 §13, 12-21-1999; Ord. No. 2253-04 §1, 3-16-2004]
Any person violating any provision of this Chapter shall upon conviction be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.