Pictured is Brittany Arizona, owner of Always Anchored Tattoo. Her shop is just outside of DeLand city limits at 198 N. Spring Garden Ave.

Tattoo studios could be on their way to Downtown DeLand, and the city’s Planning Board will share its input Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Under the city’s current zoning regulations, operating a tattoo studio requires that the area be zoned for C-2 commercial development and have a hefty landscape buffer ranging from 30 to 60 feet. Those rules make it next to impossible to open a tattoo parlor in the city’s hottest commercial areas and completely impossible in Downtown DeLand.

However, a push from local tattoo artists could change that.

First, the DeLand Planning Board will get a look at the updated ordinance that would allow tattoo and body piercing studios in the Downtown area. Once that advisory board gives its guidance, the City Commission will have the opportunity to approve or deny it.

The change to the city’s code would allow for storefronts in Downtown DeLand as long as active tattooing or body piercing is not visible from the street and that each shop is at least 1,000 feet away from another tattoo and body piercing establishment.

This item and others will be discussed at the Planning Board’s next meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the City Commission Chambers at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave.

Planning Board meetings are often broadcast live on the city’s website, HERE.

To view the full agenda for the Aug. 9 Planning Board meeting, click HERE.


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