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Body Art Facilities

Body art facilities offer services such as tattooing, body piercings (not ear piercings), and permanent makeup. Douglas County Health Department regulates body art facilities to protect health and prevent disease. The health department inspects these facilities to verify they are compliant with health requirements. Environmental health staff also investigate complaints from the public.

Opening a Body Art Facility

To open and operate a body art facility, review and complete the online Body Art Application. You will need to create a free My Health Department account. You may also submit the application to [email protected] or mail it to 410 S Wilcox St. Suite 103, Castle Rock, CO 80104. Once your application has been submitted, one of our inspectors will reach out to schedule an inspection. Following the inspection and final approval, a license will be issued.


Prior to operating, Body Art establishments must meet the following requirements to obtain a license and legally operate:

Application: Submit a Body Art Application (create a free My Health Department account).

Blood-borne pathogen training: Body artists must complete training within 90 days of hiring. They must understand universal precautions and infection and exposure control. Facilities must also have a waste management plan.

Pre-opening and Annual Inspection: New Body Art establishments must be inspected before opening. Licensed facilities are inspected annually to make sure they are following regulations.

Fees: Pay all licensing/inspection fees before opening. View the Fee Schedule. You may pay your invoice online.