Tattoo and Body Piercing (Body Art) Program

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health conducts the Tattoo & Body Piercing Program to help protect public health. The program is conducted under the laws and rules established in Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code, and requires all operations that provide tattoo and/or body piercing services to be inspected and approved by local boards of health. 

Tattooing and body piercing procedures present the potential for localized bacterial infection and exposure to blood-borne pathogens. To minimize the risk for the transmission of infectious diseases, the program requires specific procedural, record-keeping, safety, and sanitation standards to be in place at these businesses.

Helpful Links & Documents

Application for a Tattoo & Body Piercing (Body Art) Permit
Body Art Facility Inspection Guide

Infection and Prevention Control Plan Guidelines
Tattoo & Body Piercing Law - Ohio Revised Code (Chapter 3730)
CDC - Body Art
Tattoos & Teen Health
Body Piercing & Teen Health

Contact Information

Gerry Scott, R.S.
Program Manager
(216) 201-2000 ext. 1259