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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.
Chapter HFS 173 of The State of Wisconsin Administrative Code
Chapter 75-23 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances
Sample Tattoo Consent Form
Variances: The State Code DHS 173.14(2) 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 DHS 173.14(2) by completing the form below and submitting it to your inspector. Do not submit the form directly to the state:
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.
Tattooist/Body Piercer practitioner licenses are issued by The State of Wisconsin. Click here for a State Application for Tattooist/Body Piercer Licensing.
Visit the WI DNR Website for a listing of registered sharps collection facilities.
Tattoo and Permanent Makeup Safety
Temporary and Henna Tattoos
Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has more information about tattoos and permanent makeup.
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