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How to get your license: Shops, mobile units, and event locations

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Who needs a license?

Every shop or mobile unit that provides tattooing, body art, or body piercing must have a license. Conventions or events in Washington State must have an event license and meet the same requirements as shops and mobile units.

Requirements

To get a shop, mobile unit, or event license, your business must:

  • Have an outside entrance separate from any rooms used for sleeping or residential purposes.
  • Have adequate toilet facilities for the use of customers located in or adjacent to the shop or business.
  • Not use any room, except toilet facilities, for both residential and business purposes.
  • Meet the zoning requirements of the county, city, or town where the business is located.
  • Provide for safe storage and labeling of all equipment and substances.
  • Meet local and state fire codes.
  • Have at least $100,000 in public liability insurance for combined bodily injury and property damage.
  • Be registered with the Department of Revenue. You automatically register with the Department of Revenue when you file a Business License Application to get a business license.

What you’ll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online

How to apply

You can apply online or by mail.

Online

Apply online

By mail

Send the following:

Mail to:

Tattoo, Body Art, Body Piercing Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

How long your license is valid

Your license will expire 1 year after it is issued, or when your business liability insurance expires, whichever comes first.

Business requirements

All shops, mobile units, and events must meet all:

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