The City Council has denied an operating permit for body piercing in a local beauty salon.
In a unanimous vote Monday, the City Council decided that body piercing was most similar to tattooing, and therefore could not be allowed within the city's commercial neighborhood zones.
Council members cited health and safety concerns, as well as potential for indecent exposure. There are no body-piercing salons in Cypress, but it is a growing field and standards must be set, Councilman Tim Keenan said.
Betty Wilson of Chemical Melon Body Piercing had hoped to locate her business within an existing beauty salon but said she will have to move it elsewhere.