Tattoo and Body-Piercing

The Department of Health investigates tattoo and body piercing-related complaints. You can call (260) 449-7126 or go to our Allen County Health Inspector site to file a complaint. You can leave your name or remain anonymous. If you choose to leave your name with the complaint, it may appear on the public record. We typically follow up on complaints within 24 business hours.

The Department of Health’s Food & Consumer Protection division issues permits to tattoo and body piercing artists and establishments and conducts inspections to ensure that tattoos and body piercings are done in a safe and healthy manner.

TattooingEach artist and facility must obtain a permit. Studios are inspected to ensure appropriate sterilization and sanitation of equipment, single use items are not reused, records are kept appropriately, and preventable sources of infection minimized. A facility may also be inspected in response to a complaint.

If you would like more information on tattoo & body piercing permits and inspections or if you wish to report a complaint, please call us at (260) 449-7126.

Below you will find information on state and local regulations, applications for permits, and other helpful resources.


State of Indiana Regulations 

Allen County Regulations

Permit Applications

Additional Resources

Tattoo Safety for Artists

Tattoo Safety for Consumers