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Body Art

Body Art establishments are businesses that provide body art procedures. Body art refers to the practice of physical body adornment by establishments and artists utilizing, but not limited to, the techniques of body piercing and tattooing.

Body art is very popular and in order to decrease the risk of the transfer of blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or H.I.V., the establishments are inspected annually under the Cheyenne/Laramie County Board of Health Rules and Regulations for Body Art Establishments.

Body Art Establishment Inspections


  • Who needs a license to perform body art procedures?
    Any person who pierces or tattoos another person for an exchange of something of value needs a license.

  • Do I need a business license to open a tattoo or piercing shop?
    Yes, you will need to apply to the Cheyenne City Clerks Office (2101 O'Neil Ave) if your operation will be in the Cheyenne City Limits, or at the City County Health Department (100 Central Ave) if your operation will be located outside the Cheyenne City Limits.

  • Will my body art establishment need an inspection prior to the issuance of a license?
    Yes. You will need to be approved by our department. The shop must be set up for full operation with all equipment in place for our visit. An inspection can be scheduled with at least one-week advance notice by calling us at 307-633-4090.

  • Do individual body artists need a license separate from the establishment license?

  • Where do I obtain the Code and Regulations for body art establishments and body artists in Cheyenne/Laramie County?
    You can obtain the county regulations and application forms from this office, or view them here:

    If you wish to be licensed in, have your establishment in or plan to work in the City of Cheyenne you must contact the City Clerks Office at 2101 O'Neil Ave. 307-638-4301.


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