Tattooing, Piercing, Indoor Tanning Permits


All tattoo shops in Chautauqua County require inspection and a "Certificate of Sanitation" issued by the Health Department. The Sanitary Code of the Chautauqua County Health Department defines a tattoo shop as any room or space tattooing is practiced or where the business of tattooing is conducted. Please note that the tattooing of a minor is prohibited by NYS Penal Law.

Each tattoo shop receives an annual inspection to ensure compliance with Article XIII of the Sanitary Code of the Chautauqua County Health Department. Quarterly autoclave testing is performed at all tattoo shops, unless single use pre-sterilized needles are used exclusively.

If you intend to operate a tattoo shop in Chautauqua County, please contact the Environmental Health Division prior to construction or remodeling. Many of the Sanitary Code requirements pertain to the construction of the physical facility.

Body Piercing

Body piercing does not require a "Certificate of Sanitation" in Chautauqua County, however, there are Sanitary Code requirements pertaining to record keeping and the piercing of minors. Any piercing of a minor, other than the piercing of the outer lobe or perimeter of the ear, requires parental consent. This consent must be documented by retaining copies of the parent's acceptable photo identification and a copy of a birth certificate or a certified copy of a custodial order or guardianship order. The parent giving consent must be present during the procedure.

 Apply for Tattooing and/or Piercing Permit:

Application for Individual Tattoo, Body Piercing Artist Certification

Application for a Tattoo, Body Piercing Shop Certificate of Sanitation

NYS WC/DB Exemption

Chautauqua County Sanitary Code (link coming soon)

Indoor Tanning

Effective August 15, 2012, New York State Public Health Law prohibits the use of ultraviolet tanning facilities by children 16 and under. Additionally, patrons 17-18 years of age require parental consent to use these facilities. All tanning facilities in New York State using ultraviolet radiation devices are required to obtain a permit to operate. Tanning facilities in Chautauqua County are permitted and regulated by the Chautauqua County Department of Health.

Please see the NYS Department of Health webpage on Indoor Tanning for more information.

Apply for an Indoor Tanning Permit:

Application Instruction Packet (PDF)

Permit Application

NYS WC/DB Exemption

NYS Indoor Tanning Sanitary Code