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Tattoo Program

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The State of Florida Tattoo Program has been in effect since 2012. The program requires the licensure of tattoo artists and tattTattoo Salonoo establishments, and also sets forth educational requirements and the standards of practice for conventional and cosmetic tattoo artists, as well as operational requirements for tattoo establishments. It is also designed to protect the public from the risks associated with potentially infectious biomedical waste. 

The governing authority for this program is Florida Statute 381.00771-381.00791 and Florida Administrative Code 64E-28.

Escambia County is the regional inspection authority for the following counties within this program: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton.

Annual Inspections: 

Annual Licenses and Permits are required to be purchased by tattoo artists, guest tattoo artists, and the tattoo establishment itself.

Tattoo Establishment Permit Application (29.98kb; pdf)

Guest Tattoo Artist Permit Application (97.50kb; pdf)

Tattoo Artist Permit Application

Zoning Request Form (85 KB; pdf)

For detailed requirements of licensing and permitting, refer to the Florida Administrative Code 64E-28 and to the Department of Health’s Tattoo Program website.

Additional Resources: 

Tattoo Brochure (3.82 MB; pdf)

Tattoo Poster (1.44 MB; pdf)

Bill Pay 

Environmental Health bills and fees can be paid in person or by mail at the address below or you can visit our bill pay site at

Location & Contact Information  

Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street

The Tattoo Inspection office is open Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Call 850-595-6700 to file a complaint or for more information.