Body Art

Body Art

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Body Art

Program Information

Germs can easily be spread from person to person, especially when you are getting a tattoo or piercing. 

The Body Art Program inspects and licenses body art facilities in Columbus and Worthington and regulates the operations of the body artists in order to protect their customers and the general public, according to Chapter 3701-9 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

The program also assists new business owners in planning their body art operation to ensure that they meet necessary standards.

Operating a Body Art Business
Any person who intends to operate a tattoo or body piercing business in Columbus or Worthington must contact Columbus Public Health. Plans must be submitted for approval in advance of the application for license for review.

An application for a permanent license must be submitted at least 30 days before the anticipated opening date. A temporary license application must be completed and submitted with appropriate payment at least 10 days in advance of the first day of operation.

  • Recently Columbus has seen an influx of Microblading or Permanent Makeup. This is a tattooing technique and these facilities are licensed and inspected through this program.

Program Fee Schedule

Body Art Licensing Packet

Body Art Licensing Packet (Electronically Fillable)

Temporary Body Art License Application


Inspection Results & Color Coded Signs
At all of our licensed facilities, including body art businesses, we now post a small color-coded sign that is based on the results of the most recent inspection. Learn more ...