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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
 


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Consumer Environmental Health Information

Bed and Breakfast Establishments

Requirements for bed and breakfast establishments.

Convenience Store Security

Requirements of the City of Milwaukee's Convenience Store Security Ordinance.

Farmers' Markets

Information on the sale of food for farmers' market vendors.

Food Safety for Businesses

Signs, fact sheets and links to state and local food codes.

Food Safety for Individuals

Information for individuals and businesses on how to safely handle and cook food.

Mobile Food Establishments

Sanitation requirements for mobile food vendors (food carts/ trucks).

Opening a Food Business

Information about opening a food business in Milwaukee.

Tattoos & Body Piercing

Information for tattoo parlors and piercing shops along with health information for those who are considering or who have just recently gotten tattoos/piercings.

Temporary Events

Sanitation requirements for temporary food vendors at events in Milwaukee.

Weights and Measures

Inspections of weighing or measuring devices operating in the City of Milwaukee.