Tattoo, Ear and Body Piercing

The Health Department regulates all tattoo studios, body piercing studios, ear piercing studios and facilities providing permanent make-up in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties.

Learn more about inspections of these facilities.

View a list of certified tattoo/body piercing facilities.

View a list of ear piercing studios.

View a list of permanent make-up facilities.

Opening a facility

All tattoo studios, body piercing studios, ear piercing studios and facilities providing permanent make-up must apply for a permit and submit the applicable fee ($100 annually for all facilities, except for ear piercing which is $25 per year).

New construction or remodeling

When opening a new facility or remodeling an existing facility, operators must submit two complete sets of plans, plus three additional sets of plumbing plans.

Operators must also apply for a permit and pay the required fees as outlined above.

Blood-borne pathogen training

Blood-borne pathogen education is required for all licensed tattoo and body piercing artists in Northern Kentucky. Artists are required to attend classes or document that they’ve attended and passed an approved class. The Health Department offers classes regularly. For information on upcoming classes, please call 859-341-4151. Download the application for the Health Department’s class.

More information

Copies of inspection reports are available to the public upon written request. Please call 859-341-4151 for more details.

Learn more about inspections of these facilities and view a list of certified operators.