environmental    Environmental Health  – Body Art (Tattooing, Microblading and Piercing)

The New Bedford Health Department ensures that Body Art (Tattooing, Microblading, and Piercing) establishments meet the regulations put forth by the New Bedford Board of Health.

New Bedford Board of Health Body Art Regulations


Body Art Establishment License Online Application Link

Body Art Establishment Advisory

Practitioner, Apprentice, & Guest Artist

Body Art Practitioner License Online Application Link

Body Art Practitioner Advisory

Body Art Apprentice Online Application Link

see Body Art Practitioner Advisory for guidelines

Body Art Guest Artist Online Application Link

Physical Letter Template for Body Art Practitioner, Apprentice, & Guest Artist

Body Art Tuberculosis Symptom Screening Questionnaire

* Any New Establishment, Practitioner, Apprentice and Guest Artist must be approved by the BOH prior to performing Body Art.

Body Art   Establishment

Carries a 20% Late Fee starting June 1st



Establishment Plan Review –   Consult Inspection $180
Establishment  Annual Permit Fee $250
Body Art Practitioner Annual Permit Fee $200
                                           for each addition operation $25
Apprentice Permit $100
Temporary Guest Artist (14 Day) $100



Pay by credit card, check or money order, payable to City of New Bedford
Check or money order can be mailed to:

City of New Bedford Health Department
1213 Purchase Street – 1st Floor New Bedford, MA 02740