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Body Art (Tattoo & Body Piercing) Program


For Additional Program Information Call

Gerry Scott, R.S.
(216) 201-2000 ext. 1259
Matt Johnson, RS, MPH
Program Manager
(216)201-2000 ext.1238

Note:  CCBH has proposed new Body Art Program fees which will become effective on October 7, 2019.
Click Here to view the proposed fees.


Tattoo artist at work. Closeup - tattoo machine and black ink

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.

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