Body art

Find information for businesses that do tattoos, piercing and other body art.

Definition

Body art businesses provide services such as:

  • Tattooing
  • Cosmetic tattooing
  • Microblading
  • Piercings (piercings of the outer perimeter of the ear or ear lobe do not require a permit)

License application

Body art businesses in Minneapolis are required to be licensed.

Get a body art business license application through Minneapolis Business Licensing. 

Tattoo/Body Art Establishment application

Read the Minneapolis Body Art Code

What to know

Body Art businesses are:

  • Responsible for making sure their business follows State and City regulations
  • Inspected yearly
  • Individual technicians:
    • Are licensed through the State of Minnesota
    • Must show proof of state license
    • Must follow Minneapolis regulations

You can report concerns about a body art business to Minneapolis 311.

How to submit your application

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services:

  • By email
  • By U.S. mail
  • In person

Before you begin

Before you begin, look at our instructions about how to apply for a business license.

Business changes

Plans are required for any new or remodeled body art business. See the Body Art Plan Review Guide .

Submit to Business Licensing:

Before opening, a Minneapolis health inspector must conduct a pre-opening inspection. 

If you have questions, contact 311. Ask for an Environmental Health supervisor.

Temporary events

There are two types of temporary Body Art events:

  • Larger shows or conventions where tattoo artists or piercers are invited to attend:
    • Body artists set up single booths for Body Art
    • These events are generally sponsored by the show or convention coordinator
    • A larger show or convention event may be no longer than seven consecutive days
  • Guest artist events:
    • These are held at a licensed body art business
    • They are generally sponsored by the business owner or a tattoo artist or piercer already licensed at the business

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Submit the application with all required documents (listed on the application) and fee

Contact 311 if you have questions. Ask for an Environmental Health supervisor.

Body art artists

All participating body art artists must:

  • Be licensed or permitted by the State of Minnesota prior to the event
  • Show proof of license or permit to Minneapolis Health Department staff 

Submit the application with all required documents (listed on the application) and fee to Minneapolis Development Services.

Sponsor

Every event must have an event sponsor who:

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Contact us

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-2080

Fax

612-673-3399

Address

Public Service Building 
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Health Department

Environmental Health

Phone

612-673-3000

Address

Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave S, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415