Body art regulation

Hennepin County provides sanitation and safety standards for the regulation of body art establishments, and conducts plan review and licensing of the facility that provides tattoos, body piercings and/or permanent makeup operations. Prevention of injury and disease is the goal of inspections and consultation with licensed artists at these facilities. 

Operators may be subject to complaint investigations and enforcement, to ensure compliance with county ordinance.

Operators also must have a state-issued license to perform tattooing, piercing or permanent cosmetic tattooing.

Minnesota Health Department body art regulations

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City-county inspection jurisdiction

Hennepin County is responsible for regulating body art establishments in the following cities:

  • Brooklyn Center
  • Champlin 
  • Chanhassen (Hennepin County part only)
  • Corcoran
  • Crystal
  • Dayton
  • Deephaven
  • Eden Prairie
  • Excelsior 
  • Golden Valley
  • Greenfield
  • Greenwood
  • Hanover
  • Hassan
  • Hopkins
  • Independence
  • Long Lake
  • Loretto
  • Maple Grove
  • Maple Plain
  • Medicine Lake
  • Medina
  • Metro Airport
  • Minnetonka Beach
  • Minnetrista
  • Mound
  • Orono
  • Osseo
  • Plymouth
  • Robbinsdale
  • Rockford (Hennepin County part only)
  • Rogers
  • St. Anthony
  • St. Bonifacious
  • St. Louis Park
  • Shorewood
  • Spring Park
  • Tonka Bay
  • Wayzata
  • Woodland

Other cities have their own inspections departments:

  • Bloomington, 952-948-8700
  • Brooklyn Park, 763-424-8000
  • Edina, 952-927-8661
  • Minneapolis, 612-673-2170
  • Minnetonka, 952-939-8200
  • New Hope, 763-531-5100
  • Richfield, 612-861-9700
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