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Iowa Code

Women's Portrait

Responsibilities & Requirements

The Iowa Department of Public Health is responsible for regulating the practice of tattooing.

All tattoo artists, permanent makeup artists, and establishment owners are required to obtain a permit from the department and adhere to safe practices and requirements as outlined in the rules and regulations.

All tattoo artists, permanent makeup artists, and establishment owners are highly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Iowa regulations listed below.

For more information about the Tattoo Program, contact: Debbi Cooper at (515) 242-6337
Tattoo Program | Iowa Department of Public Health | 321 E. 12th Street | Des Moines, Iowa 50319