Body Art

The Tri-County Health Department will dissolve completely as of December 31, 2022.  On January 1, 2023, Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas Counties will provide public health services through their own, individually operated health departments. 

Douglas County residents only:  Effective September 1, 2022, the newly created Douglas County Health Department will assume responsibility for all Environmental Health services in Douglas County.   Starting September 1, 2022 please direct all questions/concerns related to Environmental Health to the Douglas County Health Department by calling 720 643 2400 or by visiting:

Body art includes tattooing, piercing, and scarification. Tri-County Health Department inspects all the body art facilities in our jurisdiction to assure the facility is in compliance with the regulations and precautions are taken by the artist to prevent diseases. In addition, Tri-County investigates complaints received from the public.

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Health Requirements

Contact Ricky Ross in the Greenwood Village Field Office, 720-200-1604, prior to the construction, remodeling, or modification of a body art and or piercing facility. Once construction is completed an on-site opening inspection and approval are required by the health department. Final approval is dependent upon the payment of all fees. 

TCHD Body Art Regulations
BA-16 - Tri-County Health Department Rules and Regulation for Body Art Establishments (PDF)

Licensing: Required!
Starting January 1, 2017, no Body Art services may be advertised and no Body Art Establishment shall operate in TCHD's Jurisdiction unless it has received a Body Art Establishment License from TCHD. See FAQ Section for more information.

Bloodborne Pathogen Training: Required!
Section 2-201(a) of BA-16 requires that within 90 days of being hired, or within 90 days of enactment of BA-16 (April 1, 2017), all Body Artists shall successfully complete an approved Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Course, obtain a written certificate of completion, and post the certificate in a conspicuous place.

Courses below meet the requirement in section 1-103 (f) of BA-16:

  1. Above – Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Body Artists
  2. American Red Cross – Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Tattoo Artists
  3. Cathy Montie – USA/International Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training
  4. Pacific Medical Training – Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) for non-medical persons

Note: Other courses, upon notification by the Body Artist prior to taking the course, may be approved after review by TCHD; these courses must meet the definition of bloodborne pathogen course from BA-16, Section 1-103(f).

Other Changes January 1, 2017: See BA-16 Summary of Changes (PDF).

Health Inspection Reports Online

Health Inspections are available online for all restaurants, childcare, public/semi-public pools and body art / tattooing in our area from July 2013 to the present.