Tattoo & Piercing (Body Art)

Body Art

Body Art means the practice of physical body adornment by - establishments or artists utilizing, but not limited to, the techniques of body piercing, tattooing, branding, sculpting, and scarification. This definition does not include practices conducted under the supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine under Colorado law nor piercing of the outer perimeter or lobe of the ear by means of sterilized stud-and-clasp ear piercing systems.

The Otero County Health Department conducts routine inspections of body art facilities in Otero and Crowley Counties to ensure the safe and sanitary practice of body art, the safe and sanitary physical environment where body art is performed, and the safe and sanitary conditions of equipment utilized in body art procedures. Facilities must comply with the Code of Colorado Regulations that governs the practice of body art (6 CCR 1010-22). 

For more information or to schedule a pre-opening inspection of your body art facility, contact 719-383-3040. 

Regulations, Forms & Applications

  Colorado Regulations for Body Art Facilities

  Body Art Application Form

  Body Art Plan Review Packet

A completed Body Art Application Form must be received by the Department and the facility must meet the minimum requirements for body art establishments and for body artists per 6 CCR 1010-22 before a pre-opening inspection will be conducted.