Body art includes tattooing, piercing, and scarification. Tri-County Health Department inspects all the body art facilities in our jurisdiction to assure the facility is in compliance with the regulations and precautions are taken by the artist to prevent diseases. In addition, Tri-County investigates complaints received from the public.
Contact Sherry Lucero in the Commerce City Field Office, 303 439-5910, prior to the construction, remodeling, or modification of a body art and or piercing facility. Once construction is completed an onsite opening inspection and approval are required by the health department. Final approval is dependent upon the payment of all fees.
TCHD Body Art Regulations
BA-16 - Tri-County Health Department Rules and Regulation for Body Art Establishments
Starting January 1, 2017, no Body Art services may be advertised and no Body Art Establishment shall operate in TCHD’s Jurisdiction unless it has received a Body Art Establishment License from TCHD. See FAQ Section for more information.
Bloodborne Pathogen Training: Required!
Section 2-201(a) of BA-16 requires that within 90 days of being hired, or within 90 days of enactment of BA-16 (April 1, 2017), all Body Artists shall successfully complete an approved Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Course, obtain a written certificate of completion, and post the certificate in a conspicuous place.
Courses below meet the requirement in section 1-103 (f) of BA-16:
1. Above Training.com – Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Body Artists
2. American Red Cross – Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Tattoo Artists
3. Cathy Montie – USA/International Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training
4. Pacific Medical Training – Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) for non-medical persons
Note: Other courses, upon notification by the Body Artist prior to taking the course, may be approved after review by TCHD; these courses must meet the definition of bloodborne pathogen course from BA-16, Section 1-103(f).
Other Changes January 1, 2017:
See BA-16 Summary of Changes.
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- What are some health risks associated with body art procedures?
- Do I need a license to perform Body Art?
- What are the local regulations for Body Art facilities?
- How do I open a Body Art facility in Tri-County Health Department’s jurisdiction?
- Can I open up a Body Art facility in my own home?
- What can be done about someone tattooing from their home/unlicensed facility?
- Can I report a Body Art facility if they are performing body art on underage persons?
- What is the easiest way to obtain the hepatitis B vaccine?
- Can Tri-County Health Department recommend a Body Art facility?
- Is blood borne training required by the Tri-County Health Department?
- How often will my Body Art facility be inspected?
- What are the inspection fees?
- Will Tri-County Health Department pro-rate the inspection fee?
- Will the the Tri-County Health Department accept partial payments?
- How do I know that my tattoo procedure will be conducted in a sanitary manner?
- I recently got a tattoo and I think the area is becoming infected. What should I do?
- Are there any concerns about getting a tattoo while pregnant?
- Are there any concerns about getting x-rays if I have tattoos?
- What are the risks of using a home piercing kit?
- Can I donate blood after getting a tattoo?
- Does Tri-County Health Department inspect at temporary body art events?
- Does Tri-County Health Department inspect mobile body art establishments?