Body Art and Tattoo Facilities

Body art is an invasive process that includes piercing, tattooing, application of permanent cosmetics, and branding. These practices present the potential for spreading blood-borne diseases, such as Hepatitis B.

The Environmental Health Division of Grand Forks Public Health ensures body art is performed in a safe and sanitary manner to prevent the potential for spreading blood-borne diseases; it establishes specific requirements for body art facilities and practitioners, as well as limited requirements for mechanical piercing.

Body art establishments must be licensed by the City of Grand Forks. The license must be displayed in the establishment where it can be readily observed by the clients.


Body art practitioners are those who perform tattoo, piercing, permanent cosmetics and branding on a person’s skin. They are required to received annual training in bloodborne pathogen standards annually to ensure they know how to prevent transmission of blood-borne diseases; they also must perform these procedures in approved Body Art facilities that have a valid health permit and are inspected by Environmental Health Specialists.

North Dakota Administrative Code 33-41 requires compliance with 29 CFR Part 1910.1030 "Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens”.

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