Tattoo & Body Piercing Guidelines

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, Division of Public Health Food Safety Branch develops the statewide Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Program plans, objectives, policies and procedures. The local health departments carry out the state Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Programs.

The Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Programs register tattoo artists and body and ear piercers and certify studios. Anyone engaged in the practice of tattooing or body/ear piercing in Kentucky must be registered by the local health department.
Microblading and permanent make up is covered under the KY Tattooing Regulations and must be permitted through the local health department also.

Annual fees

Tattoo Studio Certification - $400
Body Piercing Studio Certification - $400
Ear Piercing Studio Certification - $400

Tattoo Artists, Body Piercers and Ear Piercers registration - $100 per certification

Tattooing Regulations
Body & Ear Piercing Regulations

Please contact Shea Rodgers with the health department at or (270) 247-3553 with any questions.