Tattoo Studios

Infectious Medical Waste & Disease Control

Tattoo Studios

During the 2010 Legislative Session, the West Virginia Legislature amended §16-38-3 (a) 4 of the Code of West Virginia, Tattoo Studio Business, which requires all Tattoo Studios' to discuss risk factors determined by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) , including the potential that a tattoo may interfere with the clinical reading of a magnetic resonance imaging study (MRI) with all patrons prior to the administration of a tattoo. THIS LAW BECAME EFFECTIVE JUNE 9, 2010.

Tattoo Studios must obtain an operational permit in their respective county from the Local Health Department.

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike many Environmental Health programs whose regulations are based on Legislative Rules, the Regulation for tattoo studios is in  West Virginia Code, Chapter 16, Article 38 Tattoo Studio Business.

Tattoo artists are required to keep records of every tattoo given to every client. Every client must also be given oral and written notification providing detailed after care instructions for the tattoo.

Tattoo Studio Business Forms

There is not currently a plan review form required for tattoo studios, however the studio must be in compliance with West Virginia State Code 16-38 Tattoo Studio Business.