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Body Art: Tattoo and Body Piercing

Tattoos and body piercings are very popular.  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


Establishment Licensing

Tattoo/Body Piercing establishment license applications can be obtained at our main office on the 3rd floor of the Zeidler Municipal Building: 841 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee from 8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

After we receive an application, an invoice will be generated. Fees may be paid by check or money order (made payable to the Milwaukee Health Department), by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or electronically (with invoice number) at:

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