Body Art

Body Art

In an effort to practice social distancing, the Environmental Health Office is currently not open to the public. Customer support is still available via phone at 719-578-3199, option 3, and by appointment only during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. We are accepting electronic applications which must be submitted through [email protected]. You will be contacted by a member of our administrative team regarding payments for electronic applications.  Check payments can be dropped in the dropbox outside of the Environmental Health office with your invoice number.

At this time we are experiencing delayed response times for calls and emails as well as longer processing times for all applications. Currently we are unable to provide detailed license issuance timelines or detailed status updates regarding your application.   

To schedule a Body Art Regulations Competency Exam, please email [email protected]. Exams are held between 8:30am and 3:00pm every Monday. Please note, we are no longer accepting cash payments.

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Body Art establishments are required to be licensed in El Paso County in accordance with the El Paso County Board of Health Body Art Regulations. Environmental Health Specialists routinely inspect licensed body art establishments and respond to complaints to assure compliance with these regulations and to prevent the occurrence of blood borne pathogens and other communicable diseases through training and enforcement of sanitary standards. 

Every year El Paso County recognizes Body Art establishments who have achieved an "Excellence in Body Art Safety"


Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected], mailed, or delivered to the Environmental Health Office.

El Paso County Public Health - Environmental Health Division
1675 W Garden of the Gods Rd, Ste 2044
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Body Artists

All body artists in El Paso County, CO must operate at a licensed Body Art establishment and have the following up-to-date certifications and documentation onsite:

  • First Aid Certification through Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • OSHA-approved Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination Record or signed declination form
  • Body Art Regulations Competency Exam Certificate

The Body Art Regulations Competency Exam is conducted in our offices. Due to COVID-19 restrictions our office is unavailable for walk-ins, please email [email protected] for details and to schedule an exam.

New/Change of Ownership

To open a new Body Art establishment or move a current establishment to a new location, please complete the following application and submit to our office with all relevant documentation.


Body Art Temporary Event

All body art temporary events held in El Paso County, Colorado that offer body art to the public must have a license and comply with the the El Paso County Board of Health Chapter 6 Body Art Regulations.

Per regulations, a Temporary Event is: A body art trade show, convention, procedural/product demonstration, educational seminar, or other similar event that does not exceed seven (7) consecutive days, at which body artists perform body art outside of a permanent body art establishment location.

Obtaining a Temporary Event license

Please submit the following application to our office no less than 30 business days prior to the event.

Advisory Group

The Body Art Advisory Group (BAAG) was organized to share information between public health and industry.  The group's purpose is to encourage constructive feedback on customer service, policies and regulations, work together to improve the Body Art Program using current science, technology and educational opportunities and to prevent infectious disease in our community. 

Meetings are held at the Public Health offices in the Citizens Service Center located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road.  For more information, call 719-578-3142. 

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