Body artist

Online training videos are available for body artist applications.

What is a body artist?

Body art is the practice of physical adornment by establishments and artists utilizing, but not limited to, the techniques of body piercing and tattooing. It does not include ear piercing. A body artist is anyone who performs body art on another person. To obtain a body artist license in Denver, artists must be working at a licensed body artist establishment or a licensed body art mobile vehicle.

Read the Board of Health regulations for body artists.

A temporary body artist permit can be issued to allow body art procedures outside a licensed body art establishment for a one-time event such as a trade show or educational seminar.  They are only valid in a licensed temporary body art facility. An applicant for a temporary body artist permit must apply no fewer than 30 days before the event. If you are licensed as a body artist in Denver, you do not have to obtain a temporary body artist license to work an event in the city.

A body artist must be 18 years or older to apply.

If a licensed cosmetologist is authorized to do microblading by the state, they are not required to get a body artist license through the Department of Excise and Licenses. The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment can require licensed cosmetologists comply with the body art ordinance rules and regulations. 

Basic information

How to access the online application

A body artist or temporary body artist applicant can check the status of an application through the online application portal. Download the application status check-in guide(PDF, 457KB) for step-by-step instructions.

Using Google Chrome or Safari browsers are recommended.


When to apply

Body artists should apply for a new or renewal license 30 days before their current license expires. This will ensure Excise and Licenses can process the application so there is no lapse in the body artist's ability to work.

Temporary body artists must submit their applications at least 30 days before the scheduled event.