City officials legalize ear piercing

<p>File Photo</p>

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There’s a new loophole in local law, just large enough to allow the post of an earring to pass through it.

The Naperville City Council has tweaked a section of the city code that forbids tattoos and body piercing — but only as much as needed to permit ear piercing. In the past, the local ban on body piercing went from head to toe.

The adjustment came at the request of Claire’s Boutique, which four months ago opened a location on Main Street in the downtown shopping district.

“Claire’s has been in business more than 40 years and an integral part of our business over these many years has been the piercing of ears,” Amy Bader, the company’s director of risk management, said in a recent letter to the council requesting an adjustment of the ban.

The company estimates it does 3.7 million ear piercings annually in its chain of more than 3,100 stores in 18 countries.

The adjusted ordinance, which now parallels a state law exempting ears from the anatomical parts subject to the definition of body piercing, clears the way for “the puncturing of the outer perimeter or the lobe of the ear using a pre-sterilized, single-use stud and clasp ear piercing system.”

Lips, noses, eyebrows and everything south of the earlobes remain off-limits to the piercing process in Naperville.