The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) licenses and inspects all businesses providing tattooing, body piercing, permanent makeup, and microblading services. Please note that there is no license or certification for individual artists in Marion County. If you would like to open a new body art facility, submit the completed application and $100 application fee to our office. An inspection is generally scheduled within 2-3 business days. When your facility is in compliance with all regulations, the license fee can be paid and your shop can open for business.
Annual license fees are $300; however, if obtaining an initial license between March 1 and August 31, the fee is prorated to $150. The licensing year begins September 1 and ends August 31 of the following year. Licenses must be renewed annually and reminders are sent out every year prior to August 31.
Regulations: Marion County Ordinance– The Code, Chapter 17
Indiana State Rule – 410 IAC 1-5
Indiana Law for Minors – IC 35-42-2-7
Forms for Licensure: Body Art Licensing Application
Exposure Control Plan template– (Spanish)
Hepatitis B Vaccine Waiver form– (Spanish)
Business lists: Infectious waste disposal companies
Fact sheets: Contact times for disinfectants
Zoning requirements – Department of Code Enforcement: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DCE/Pages/home.aspx
Association for Professional Piercers (APP): http://www.safepiercing.org/
Federal Drug Administration: