Body Art/body art establishment (includes tattoos, permanent makeup, piercings, branding and scarifications)

Body art businesses and establishments are regulated by the Arizona Revised Statutes. You may also wish to consult your attorney for assistance. (22)


Body art businesses and establishments may also be regulated by the city/town office and/or county office. (22)


If you plan to perform body art, such as tattoos, permanent makeup, piercings, branding and scarifications in a salon licensed by the Arizona Barbering & Cosmetology Board, you must prominently post a sign that reads: “These services are not regulated by the Arizona Barbering & Cosmetology Board” and include a list services provided but not regulated. (21)

Contact: Arizona Barbering & Cosmetology Board, 480.784.4539 and 602.542.4498

A tattoo needle and any waste exposed to human blood that is generated in the creation of a tattoo shall be disposed of in the same manner as biohazardous medical waste pursuant to section 49-761 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. (20)

Contact: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Waste Programs Division, Solid Waste Management, Inspections and Compliance: Tattoo-generated Waste, 602.771.2300 or toll free at 800.234.5677 Ext. 771-2300


Refer to your own legal counsel for Arizona laws requiring the physical presence of a parent/guardian during the tattooing of anyone under the age of 18 and to use an unsterilized needle, use a needle or ink more than once, or do tattooing or body piercing outside of a permanent structure.


Additional Information:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Tattoos, Temporary Tattoos & Permanent Makeup - Addresses questions consumers, manufacturers, tattoo artists, and health care providers may have about the safety and regulation of tattoos, permanent makeup, temporary tattoos, and henna (mehndi). (21)