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Tattoos and Permanent Makeup

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Tattoos and Permanent Makeup

Chatham County enforces 15A NCAC 18A.3200 which regulates tattoo and permanent makeup facilities. Our goal is to ensure that anyone receiving tattoo or permanent makeup services, does so in a safe and sanitary environment.

To obtain a tattooing permit, a person must submit a completed Tattoo Application to Chatham County Environmental Health Department. Upon receipt of the application, the Department shall inspect the premises, instruments, utensils, equipment and procedures of the applicant to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements for a tattooing permit. If the applicant meets these requirements, the Department shall issue a permit to the applicant. A permit is valid for one year and must be renewed annually by applying to Chatham County Environment Health Department for a permit renewal. 


Tattoo Establishments Documents


Rules Governing the Sanitation of Tattoo Establishments 15A NCAC 18A.3200

 Application for Tattoo Establishment 
Tattoo Establishment Fact Sheet 

Tattoo Establishment Links of Interest

 NCDHHS Environmental Health State Tattoo Programs
 FDA Health Risks