Regulations – Indiana

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  1. Licensing Link: No statewide information was found. Tattooists should contact their local county health department for local laws and regulations that pertain to the registration, licensing and inspection of tattoo parlors in their city or county. For instance, in Marion County, issues tattoo and facility licenses and inspects annually http://marionhealth.org/info-for-artists-shop-owners/
    There is also a provision for the Health Department to inspect facilities in response to a complaint. Rules are county-specific.
  2. In 1997, Indiana Code 16-19-3-4.1 required the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to adopt rules to regulate the sanitary operation of tattoo parlors. The rule, 410 IAC 1-5, became law on June 12, 1998, and was readopted July 15, 2010.
  3. What is not included in the rule? The rule does not: Require a tattoo or piercing artists or shop owners to register with the ISDH or require the ISDH to perform routine inspections of tattoo and piercing parlor. Rules and regulations by the Health Department are county specific.
  4. Oversight/Rules Link: Statewide oversight/rules were not located. This would be county specific.
  5. FAQ Link: https://www.in.gov/isdh/files/Tattoos%20and%20Body%20Piercing%20in%20Indiana%20FAQs(2)_June26%202015.pdf

Other Considerations:
This is a link to an Indiana Health Department Inspection Report template, which may be used by local health departments when investigating tattoo or body piercing facilities. (Last updated June 2018):
https://www.in.gov/isdh/files/Tattoo%20and%20Body%20Piercings%20Section%20D%20-%20Inspection%20Report%202018.pdf