Upcoming Regulations For Tattoo Studios in Tippecanoe County
Tattoo studios in Tippecanoe County, IN will certainly see more regulations in coming months.
Tippecanoe County Commissioners authorized a body modification ordinance on Monday early morning. Under the regulation, tattoo and piercing parlors will need to obtain a permit with the county in addition to acquire licenses for all artists or piercers, including store owners.
An establishment permit will cost an owner $200, and a cost of $100 per artist will be charged for the body art practitioner license.
Craig Rich, an administrator for the Tippecanoe County Health Department, stated local tattoo parlor owners have driven the ordinance, which he said will minimize public health issues by ensuring clean needles and safe practices in parlors.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.
The ordinance will go into effect in 90 days. During that time, Rich said county officials will inspect every tattoo parlor and give out permits or make suggestions for how a parlor can obtain its permit.
After the 90-day grace period, officials will fine parlors without a permit. On the first day a parlor is found without a permit, there will be a warning. On the second day, there will be a fine of $100, and then the fine will go up by increments of $100 each day the shop is open without a permit.
At the meeting, some raised concerns that part of the ordinance banning the sale of needles in Tippecanoe County could lead to greater health risks for those without licenses who wish to tattoo themselves anyway.
Commissioner David Byers said if people need to buy needles, they can still do so online.
“If they want it, they’re going to find it,” he said.
County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said he was happy the ordinance had passed.
“This is a good ordinance,” he said.
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