Body Art

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.

Health Requirements 
Contact Sherry Sun 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.  
          Body Art Regulations
          EFFECTIVE January 1, 2017: Tri-County Health Department Rules and Regulations for Body Art Establishments
          BA-16 Summary of Changes

TCHD Body Art Regulations

January 1, 2017: Licensing: Required!
The requirement for a Body Art Establishment License was added to BA-16 (Section10) to make a clear determination of approval of operations as well as to define required procedures to be issued a license. 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. An application for a Body Art Establishment License and an Information and Instructions document will be included in the November 2016 invoice mailing for 2017. If you would like an application prior to November 2016, please contact

January 1, 2017: 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. TCHD offers an approved bloodborne pathogen course through the website (Quick Links)
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.

Health Inspection Reports Online

Health inspections are available online for all restaurants, childcare, public/semi-public pools and body art / tattooing in our area from July 2013 to the present.