Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations regarding tattooing procedures, policies, and sanitation vary from state to state. Tattooing is currently banned in South Carolina and Oklahoma. Cities and counties may also have local ordinances governing tattooing. This page is designed as a reference for general information about regulations in your area. Laws and regulations change frequently, and as you can see states have different ways of distributing information about tattooing regulations. Always check directly with your local government agencies for specific tattoing guidelines in your area. Tattoo Laws

Look up state laws and regulations on tattooing on this website by state. is a well maintained and up to date site. However, laws and regulations can change frequently. Allways check with your local government agencies for specific tattooing guidelines in your area.

Canada Regulations
Guidelines regarding infection prevention and control for piercing, tattooing, and electrolysis. By the Division of Nosocomial and Occupational Infections, Laboratory Centre for Disease Control (LCDC).

Laws and Regulations Alphabetically by State

Senate Bill regarding tattoo parlors and minors. [SB1102 422R H Ver]

House Bill regarding tattoo parlors and minors. [HB2488 422R I Ver]

House Bill, revised, regarding tattoo parlors and minors. [HB2513 431R I Ver]

Fact sheet regarding tattooing, body piercing, and minors. [H.B. 2124]

Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions for tattoo and permanent cosmetic artists.

State regulations for bodyart: effective August 2001.

House Bills and monthly reports regarding tattooing, piercing, and other body adornments.

State code relating to body piercing, tattoing, or branding consent for minors. [House Bill 93]

Legislative information regarding piercings from the Iowa Legislative Information System.

House Bill regarding tattoo artists and body piercing artists. [HB 0386, December 1997]

Senate Bill regarding tattoo artists and body piercing artists. December 1997.

Body Art Information. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Quality Management Regulations set forth a model code for the practice of body art and for the maintenance and operation of body art.

House Bill for the regulation of tattoos and body piercing. [HB998; Tattoos and Body Piercing; Kissell, Don R.]

New Jersey
State Sanitary Code Chapter 8 - Body Art Procedures. PDF document that contains all the rules and regulations, penalties and required procedures governing body art in the state of New Jersey

New York
New York City Department of Health - Facts on Tattoo Licensing. A concise factsheet on Tattoo Licensing from the NYC Department of Health.

North Carolina
This site of the Sate of North Carolina Pools, Tattoos and State Institution Branch of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources has links to rules and laws governing tattooing in the state of North Carolina.

State law pertaining to age limitations on tattooing and piercing. Click on Advanced Search and enter 3730.07 in the Enter Destination field. [Section 3730.07]

State code regulating tattoo and body piercing studios. Click on Advanced Search and enter 3730.09 in the Enter destination Field. [Section 3730.09]

Body Piercing Licensing Program from the State of Oregon Health Licensing Office. Regulations, licensing information and fees, safety campaign, and a newsletter.

Tattooing Licensing Program from the State of Oregon Health Licensing Office.

South Dakota
Laws and guidelines set forth regarding sanitation requirements for tattooing and body piercing establishments. [Section 44:12]

Legislature regarding the licensing, health, and safety of tattooists and piercers. [76(R) SB 61]

Texas Department of Health - DMDD Tattoo and Body Piercing Rules Page. This is the actual rules, regulations, standards for licensure and penal code regarding tattoo and body piercing in the state of Texas.

House Bill regarding parental consent laws relating to body piercing and tattooing. [HB 390]


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