The El Paso City Council recently approved revisions to existing ordinances that regulate tattoo and body art within the city limits.
Chapter 9.32 of the El Paso City Code, which regulated Tattooing and Body Piercing, was repealed; also, Chapter 5.10 was revised to be the single ordinance related to tattoos and body art in El Paso. The revised Chapter 5.10 becomes effective January 1, 2013, and introduced several major changes from the previous ordinance:
Tattoo and Body Art Studios will now be regulated by the City, and will require the owner to register with the permit official prior to conducting tattoo or body art services.
Artists will be required to obtain an artist license, which will allow them to perform tattooing or body art at any registered studio, without the need to obtain multiple licenses.
The City has adopted state and federal regulations by reference, and will no longer have city-specific hygiene and sterilization standards.
These changes were implemented to streamline the ordinance, provide for a more stable and consistent studio presence, and allow for the free movement of licensed artists in the City. In addition, the City's zoning and building codes were referenced in the tattoo ordinance to ensure compliance of registered studios for these portions of the City Code.
For more information about tattoo and body art studio ordinances, please contact Danny Soto
or Karl Rimkus
by email, or by dialing 3-1-1.
Applications must be returned to:
City of El Paso “One-stop Shop”
El Paso, TX 79901
For more information about permits and licenses visit the One-stop Shop online