Body art licensing

COVID-19 response

  • The safety of residents, business owners and employees is our primary focus.
  • We want to ensure retail personal services are restored in a planful, safe manner. This will help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
  • Our physical office is closed to the public but we are available to answer your calls.
  • We are accepting applications via mail or the locked drop box outside our office.

Sanitation and safety standards

  • 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.
  • Learn about Minnesota Health Department body art regulations.
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COVID-19 resources

City-county inspection jurisdiction

Cities where Hennepin County is responsible for regulating body art establishments

  • 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

Cities with their own inspections departments

  • Bloomington, 952-563-8934
  • 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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