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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 code by completing the form below and submitting it to your inspector. Do not submit the form directly to the state:                    
  • Variance Petition Application

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 Wisconsin.

Registered Sharps Collection Facilities

Visit the WI DNR Website for information about sharps collection.

Information for Consumers Regarding Tattoos

City of Milwaukee Health Department

Consumer Environmental Health

  [email protected]



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