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Health Department



Body Art


Get licensing information for tattoo, piercing or permanent make-up services.



We inspect and license all La Crosse County tattoo and body piercing facilities

All La Crosse County tattoo and body piercing facilities (including permanent make-up facilities) must be licensed and inspected each year.  We do this to make sure health and safety standards are met to prevent infection and disease.


Thinking of opening a tattoo or body piercing establishment?

  • All tattoo and body piercing activities must occur in a licensed establishment.
  • All tattooists and body piercers must hold a practitioner’s license.
  • Learn about codes, licenses, and general requirements of owning a tattoo or body piercing establishment.
  • We’re happy to talk with you before you sign a lease or apply for a license to make sure your establishment meets all health requirements.


How to get your tattoo or body piercing establishment licensed

Step 1: Complete a Body Art Establishment Plan Review and submit that along with the appropriate fees to the La Crosse County Health Department.


Step 2: Work with your inspector during all phases of construction and remodeling.


Step 3: Complete a Permit License Application and submit that along with all appropriate fees to the La Crosse County Health Department.   


Step 4:  Once you have submitted your application and paid your fees, contact us to schedule a pre-licensing inspection.


Step 5:  Once the application is submitted, fees are paid, and pre-licensing inspection is completed, a permit will be issued.  Your license must be approved before you can operate.


If you have any questions, call us at 608-785-9771 or email us at [email protected].



Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Code


How to get your practitioner license

Tattooist and Body Piercer Application

Tattooist and Body Piercer Renewal Form








Health Department Office Location
2nd Floor, 300 4th St. N.
La Crosse, WI 54601

Main Business Phone: 608-785-9872
Main Fax: 608-785-9846
[email protected]
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Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday; some service hours may vary

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