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Due to facility issues, this licensing program has limited operations. There may be delays in responding to requests. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re working toward resuming all business operations as soon as possible.

Shop license no longer required for operators who lease or rent space

Effective May 1, 2013, individual tattoo, body art, body piercing, and permanent cosmetics artists who lease or rent space in a licensed shop will no longer be required to have a separate shop license. The shop owner (sole proprietor, LLC, or corporation) must have a shop license, but individuals who lease or rent space from the shop owner won’t be required to get one.

If you lease or rent space in a licensed shop and already have a shop license, you may still receive a renewal notice for your location license. However, you won’t have to renew it if you’re leasing or renting a space from the shop owner.

You must still meet minimum safety and sanitation standards, and are responsible for the inspection results of your leased or rented space.

If you have questions, please contact us at 360.664.6660 or

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