Body Art

The Department of Public Health & Wellness regulates, certifies and inspects all body art studios, including tattoo, permanent make-up, body and ear piercing.  We also register all body art artists in Louisville Metro.  Recently tattoos and body piercing have become mainstream and are viewed by enthusiasts as expressive forms of body art.  Louisville Metro has observed a gradual increase in certified studios over the past ten years.  We certify approximately 51 studios annually including over 302 registered artists. 

Click here to view regulations.

Body Art Studio Certification
There are requirements that must be met before a tattoo and/or body art studio certification can be issued. 

  • Tattoo (including permanent make-up) & Body Piercing Studios. Click here for certification requirements.
  • Ear Piercing Studio
    • Owners must obtain a studio certification from LMPHW prior to operation
    • The annual studio certification fee is $25.00
    • Opening inspection checklist.
    • Call 574-8252 to schedule an appointment for an opening inspection.
  • Mobile Studio - A mobile unit is an establishment on wheels or otherwise mobile. Permitted units pay one yearly fee and may operate statewide. Mobile units may not remain at one location longer than 14 consecutive days.  Click here for plan submittal requirements and plan application.

Temporary Studio
Do you want to tattoo or body pierce but you do not have a permanent studio?

Click Here for more information.

Artist Registration
The Body Art Program registers tattoo artists, body and ear piercers. Anyone engaged in the practice of tattooing, body or ear piercing in Louisville Metro must be registered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
Click Here for a explanation of the process and an application.

Public Facilities 
400 East Gray St.             
Louisville, KY  40202
Phone: 502.574.6655