Tattoos & Permanent Makeup

​Tattoo Resources

North Carolina General Statute 130A-283 defines tattooing as, "The inserting of permanent markings or coloration, or the producing of scars, upon or under human skin through puncturing by use of a needle or any other method." A tattooing permit from the local health department is required in North Carolina. Permits are valid for one year and are not transferrable. Initial permit applications must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the date an artist anticipates to begin tattooing. Permit renewal applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration of an existing permit. An Environmental Health Specialist will inspect the premises, instruments, utensils and equipment and will discuss tattooing procedures with the artist to determine compliance with the NC. Rules Governing Tattooing, 15A NCAC 18A.3200 prior to issuing the permit.

Separate applications and permits are required for each artist and must be posted in a conspicuous place where they may be easily observed by the public upon entering the establishment. If an artist works at more than one location or transfers to a different establishment, a separate application and permit will be required for each address. A tattooing permit issued by the local health department does not authorize the artist to remove a tattoo from another person. Previous inspections are available for review on our Inspection Scores page.

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