Body Art

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The term tattooing means the inserting of permanent markings or coloration, or the producing of scars, upon or under human skin through puncturing by use of a needle or any other method.

Tattoo Permits

No person shall engage in tattooing without first obtaining a tattooing permit from the Craven County Health Department. To obtain a tattooing permit, a person must apply to the Craven County Health Department. Upon receipt of the application, the Food and Lodging section shall inspect the premises, instruments, utensils, equipment, and procedures of the applicant to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements for a tattooing permit.

A permit is valid for one year and must be renewed annually by applying to the Craven County Health Department. A permit application fee shall be paid upon submission of the application. View a complete list of the rules governing tattooing.

Body Piercing

The Craven County Health Department does not regulate body piercing.