Tattooing, Piercing and Permanent Make-Up

The Environmental Health Division licenses and regulates all tattoo, piercing, permanent make-up and ear piercing facilities located in the City of Minot and in all other areas in Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Renville, Sheridan and Ward Counties.



Body Art Studio licenses are good from January 1 to December 31. The license is not transferable and license fees are not prorated. For new facilities, plans or blueprints for the proposed facility must be submitted along with a Plan Review Request Form (found here). Once plans are approved, a license application can be submitted and construction can begin.


Body Art Operator licenses are good from January 1 to December 31. Licenses are not transferable and license fees are not prorated. Body Art  Applicants must have a current OSHA-approved bloodborne pathogens certification specific to body art, along with a current CPR certification prior to applying. Applicants must have also received a complete series of Hepatitis B vaccinations prior to being licensed. In order to obtain a Body Art Operator license, applicants must complete an apprenticeship that meets the criteria found in the FDHU Rules and Regulations for Body Art Establishments. They must also take and pass the FDHU Body Art Operators Exam. Exams are administered by appointment only.


Body Art Apprentice Permits are valid for three years from the date of issue. They are not transferable, and are void once the apprentice obtains a Body Art Operator license.


During an apprenticeship, an apprentice must have 100 hours of training, 1000 hours of practical experience and perform 400 procedures under the supervision of a licensed body art operator. The apprentice must record the dates and information about the training received, hours of practical experience and completed procedures on FDHU forms. The required forms can be found at the bottom of the page.

Licensed Body Art Establishments


By getting a tattoo or piercing at a licensed establishment, you minimize the chances of infection or contracting a serious or fatal illness. Licensed Body Art Establishments are routinely inspected for cleanliness and safe practices. If you get a tattoo or piercing at a non-licensed body art establishment, you greatly increase your chances of infection or of contracting a disease such as hepatitis or AIDS.


The following Body Art Establishments are licensed by First District.

Standard Tattooing:

2D Ink- Minot

Magic City Tattoo- Minot

Minot Tattoo- Minot

Psychward Tattoo- Minot


Body Trends- Minot

Alter Piercing – Minot

Psychward Tattoo- Minot

TNT Hair Design- Minot

Cosmetic Tattooing:

Bronzed & Bladed – Velva

Nickel & Dodge- Minot

Permanent Makeup by Angie- Minot

For any questions involving Body Art practices, regulations or licensure contact:


Jayme Calavera, REHS/RS: (701)-721-0547 or




Lisa Otto-Westman, Director of Environmental Health: (701) 837-5124 or