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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Chapter 9.32 of the El Paso City Code, which regulated Tattooing and Body Piercing, was repealed; also, Chapter 5.10 was revised to be the single ordinance related to tattoos and body art in El Paso.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:
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.

Registered Tattoo and Body Art Studios (Map)
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.
Application Forms
Artist License Application Form
Registered Studio Application Form

Applications must be returned to:
City of El Paso “One-stop Shop”
811 Texas
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 212-0104

For more information about permits and licenses visit the One-stop Shop online

Compliance Materials
Clerk Tattoo Ordinances
Tattoo Body Piercing Rules
Tattoo Studio and Artist Checklist
Registered Studio Artist Log
Training Events
2014 Bloodborne Pathogens Training Schedule
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