Body Art

The Department of Public Health and Environmental Health registers all persons applying tattoos, body piercings, or permanent cosmetics. Regulation includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
  • Conducting yearly inspections of all facilities for general maintenance, cleanliness, and proper sterilization procedures
  • Promulgating (publicizing) new or revising existing ordinances and regulations

Body Art Definition

  • Tattooing: to insert pigment under the surface of the skin of a human being, by pricking with a needle or otherwise, to produce an indelible mark or figure visible through the skin.
  • Body piercing: the creation of an opening in the body of a human being for the purpose of inserting jewelry or other decoration. This includes, but is not limited to the piercing of an ear, lip, tongue, nose, or eyebrow. Body piercing does not include piercing an ear with a disposable, single-use stud or solid needle that is applied using a mechanical device to force the needle or stud through the ear.
  • Permanent cosmetics: the application of pigments to or under the skin of a human being for the purpose of permanently changing the color or other appearance of the skin. This includes, but is not limited to permanent eyeliner, eye shadow, or lip color.