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Body Art – Tattoos & Piercings

District 4 Public Health - Body Art

Body art is art that uses the human body as the medium, with the most common forms being decorative tattoos, piercings and permanent make-up. Though a popular practice throughout the world, body art poses risk to environmental health primarily caused by blood-borne pathogens such as Hepatitis.

District 4 is responsible for regulating Body Artists and Body Art studios by administering permits, performing routine inspections, and investigating complaints. Our goal is to ensure that tattoos and piercings are administered in a safe, healthy environment for both the artist and customer.

The legal authority is Chapter 16-5-71 and Chapter 31-40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated relating to preventing certain piercings of the bodies of minors without the consent of a parent or guardian.

For Board of Health Rules and Regulations, or if you have further questions, please contact your local Environmental Health Office

Body Art Studio Permits

To acquire a permit for a body art studio, please submit the following to your county’s Environmental Health Office via mail:

Body Art Licenses

To obtain a Body Art license, please submit the following to your local Environmental Health Office via mail:

Applicants for a Body Art License must also pass a Departmental Body Art Exam. Please contact your local Environmental Health Office for more information.