Body Art

Licensing and Inspection

Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services licenses and inspects body art facilities including tattooing, piercing and permanent cosmetics. The regulations for body art are outlined in Ordinance #2003-2 and 2010-2 Body Art Ordinance.

Apply for Licenses 

  • Call 763-422-7063 to speak with an inspector and receive an application 
  • Submit the application and applicable license fee to the department
  • If opening a new body art establishment, additional information is required. A completed Body Art Plan Review Application and the required license fee must be submitted.
  • If purchasing an existing body art establishment, a compliance inspection must be conducted prior to the closing date of the sale. Body Art establishment licenses are not transferable to person or place. A new license must be obtained before operation of the establishment begins.
  • ATTN: All licensed body art establishments must submit the Minnesota Body Art Establishment Exemption Application to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Body Art Technician Licensure

Minnesota Chapter 146B: Body Art: As of August 1, 2013 all individuals performing body art in the State of Minnesota MUST be licensed. Any individual performing body art without a valid license is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. Licensure can be obtained through the Minnesota Department of Health. There are two ways to obtain licensure: through reciprocity with the following states; Oregon, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Missouri or by completing an apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed MN body artist. While under apprenticeship, a Temporary Body Art Technician license MUST be obtained.

Contact the Minnesota Department of Health for further information on technician licensing.