Environmental Health Services
Yearly inspections of tattoo facilities are made to assure all equipment is in compliance with Iowa and federal law, conditions are sanitary with sterile equipment, records are properly kept and staff are knowledgeable about proper use of equipment.
The yearly assessment and inspection fee for the tattoo establishment is $250.00.
Operators must obtain a permit for their tattoo facility from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
A list of permitted tattoo facilities can be found at the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Tattoo Program Web site at:
The following materials are also available on the Iowa Department of Public Health's Web site:
- State Tattoo Program
- State of Iowa Code (PDF)
- Administrative Rules
Iowa Administrative Rule 641 Chapter 22
- Application for Tattoo Artist Permit (PDF)
- Application for Permit to Operate a Tattoo Establishment (PDF)
- Example Tattoo Inspection Form (PDF)
For more information on opening and licensing a tattoo facility
or on becoming a licensed tattoo artist, contact Scott County Health
Department Environmental Health Services at (563) 326-8618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.