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Tattoos - Body Piercing

Our staff inspects the licensed tattoo-body piercing facilities to ensure safe, sanitary methods are being utilized to reduce the risks of complications and health issues. 

The Ohio Regulations for this program can be found at: Ohio Administrative Code 3701-9.  A summary of the regulations can be downloaded for your reference:  Tattoo Facility Requirements

The current state regulations require that health departments inspect these facilities at least once per year.  Our staff conducts a comprehensive inspection of all facilities monthly during their first year of operation and then quarterly after they have passed their one year anniversary of being in business. 
Prior to opening a facility, all applicants must fill out an application and complete our plan review process.

An application to operate a tattoo and/or body piercing establishment can be downloaded here: Tattoo & Body Piercing License Application

Problems associated with tattoos/body piercing

  • Eyebrow piercing can cause nerve damage causing an eyebrow to droop
  • Tongue piercing can cause loss of taste buds
  • Increased risk of contracting Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV (to reduce the risk always go to a licensed professional facility)
  • Oral piercing can cause speech impediments, such as a lisp


Young adults interested in more information can go to:
“Is Body Piercing Safe” http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/body_piercing_safe.html

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1520 Isaac Beal Rd. - Bucyrus, OH 44820 - Phone: (419) 562-5871 - Fax: (419) 562-2048
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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