Tattoo and body piercing businesses need a permit. Individual tattoo and piercing artists need a permit too. In New York City, businesses must also follow rules from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Permits are valid for up to two years.
The following regulations are currently in force:
- Children under 18 cannot be tattooed under any circumstances. Body piercing of children requires signed parental consent. Consent is not required for piercing children's ears.
- Businesses must use single-use needles for all procedures.
Click the following link to learn about local tattoo requirements in New York City.
For more information, contact:
125 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013