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Body Art Frequently Asked Questions


The Rules and Regulations Governing Body Art in The State of Colorado, effective August 30, 2001, address general sanitation and disease control and apply to every body artist in Colorado. County health departments throughout the state have the discretion to develop more stringent regulation as well as license and inspect artists and body art studios. Some counties have developed their own regulations and inspect and license artists and studios while other counties only respond to complaints.


The county health departments that conduct a body art inspection program are


Tri-County Health Department (for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties)

Boulder Department of Public Health

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment

Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment

Northeast Colorado Health Department (for Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties)

Mesa County Health Department

Pueblo City County Health Department

Weld County Department of Health and Environment.


Contact the local health department in your area.



Body artists can work out of their homes only if a designated area is used for all procedures and the area and artist meet the requirements found in the Rules and Regulations Governing Body Art in The State of Colorado. A plan review may be required for body art facilities, depending on the county it is located in. See above for county contact information.



Body artists cannot perform body art procedures on a minor unless the body artist has received consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. Performing a body art procedure on a minor without parental consent is punishable by a fine of $250 for each offense, regardless of whether the artist or studio is located in a county with an inspection program.


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