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Tattoo & Body Piercing

Body Art

Public Health Madison & Dane County licenses and inspects all body art facilities to assure that health and safety standards are met to prevent infection and disease. Body art facilities include any that provide tattoo, piercing, or permanent makeup services. 

All tattooing and body piercing activities must occur in a licensed establishment. 

All tattooists and body piercers must hold a practitioner’s license.

Licenses Required

An Establishment License is through Public Health Madison & Dane County. Contact your health inspector at (608) 242-6515 or email for information about applying for Establishment License Applications and Fee Payment.

A Practitioner License is through the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
FAX: (608) 261-7083
Phone: (608) 266-2112
E-Mail

A Temporary Tattoo/Body Piercing Establishment Permit is through Public Health Madison & Dane County. Contact a health inspector at (608) 242-6515 to discuss guidelines.

Applicable Codes

Information for Prospective Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishments