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Body Art: Tattoo and Body Piercing

In order to decrease the risk of the transfer of blood-borne diseases, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV, Milwaukee establishments are licensed and inspected.


Requirements / Information for Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishments
 

  • Chapter 75-23 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances

  • Sample Tattoo Consent Form

  • Variances: The State Code currently requires that tattoo and body piercing establishments have an autoclave for sterilization. If you use all pre-sterile, single-use disposable equipment in lieu of the autoclave requirements you may request a variance from the state codde by completing the form below and submitting it to your inspector. Do not submit the form directly to the state:                    

    Variance Petition Application: MS Word | PDF

Establishment Licensing
 

Tattoo/Body Piercing establishment licenses are processed by the Milwaukee City Clerk's License Division.

Put up this poster in your establishment to raise awareness about licensing.


Artist/Piercer Licensing
 

Tattooist/Body Piercer practitioner licenses are issued by The State of WisconsinClick here for a State Application for Tattooist/Body Piercer Licensing.


Registered Sharps Collection Facilities

Visit the WI DNR Website for a listing of registered sharps collection facilities.


Information for Consumers Regarding Tattoos