What Agreements do Tattoo Artists Need?

Starting a Tattoo Shop and Registering it as an LLC under Florida Law

What is the definition of a Tattoo Artist under Florida law? 

Everyone has an idea of a tattoo artist in their head when someone mentions the occupation. Whether from movies, television shows, or social media it’s hard to misinterpret the well-known profession. Tattoo Shops are important businesses that support artists in Miami-Dade and all over Florida. Tattoo artistry is a creative field that is always innovating and creating new artistic expressions for people to enjoy. Tattoo parlors are primarily small businesses that need efficient representation when establishing themselves. If you’re looking to establish yourself as a tattoo artist or start a tattoo parlor in Florida there are few things you should know so you do it correctly. There are legal requirements to get a tattoo shop business going and working with EPGD Business Law can help you complete them all.

Florida defines tattoo artists as the following person(s): 

  1. Persons who tattoo the body of another human.
  2. Persons who practice cosmetic tattooing, permanent make-up, microblading, or micropigmentation.
  3. Students/apprentices who tattoo other humans as part of their tattoo training.

Florida tattoo licenses are also required for: Tattoo or permanent makeup artist licensed outside of Florida. Persons licenses outside of Florida may apply for and be registered as guest tattoo artists until they achieve their Florida license and find a tattoo parlor to conduct their work at. 

What licenses are required to be legally licensed as a Tattoo Artist?

To legally work as a tattoo artist in Miami and the rest of Florida one must obtain the required licenses as stated under section 381.0075 of the Florida Statutes. 

The statute requires that a person looking to be licensed under Florida law complete an application that is sent to their county’s corresponding Department of Health. In order to be licensed in the state of Florida a person must also be of 18 years of age, provide a copy of a government issued ID, and complete the required bloodborne pathogen and communicable diseases course. Those looking to be licensed must meet the minimum score in order to be certified and will include that certification with the application to their county’s Florida Department of Health office. 

Following those steps would grant one to be legally licensed as a professional tattoo artist in Florida. Pending the approval of the Florida Department of Health. 

What licenses are required to operate a Tattoo Parlor in the state of Florida? 

The first step is to complete an application with the corresponding Florida Department of Health for their county. Similar to that of the Tattoo Artist application. For Miami, it would be the Dade Department of Health. Their address is: Environmental Health Section 1725 NW 167th Street Miami Gardens, FL 33056 and their phone number: (305) 623 -3500.

Next, a tattoo parlor or shop must pass inspections. Under Florida the inspections are to be completed in compliance with  sections 381.00771 – 381.00791, Florida Statutes, “The Practice of Tattooing” and Chapter 64E-28, Florida Administrative Code. Then, Register business name with the Florida Department of State and contact the appropriate city/county officials for business tax receipt. An important step that is often overlooked is the completion and submission of a biomedical waste permit with the department of health. 

Finally, all forms and fees are to be submitted to the County Health Department where the business is going to be located in Florida. Once confirmed, the County Health Department will provide your business with its Florida tattoo license. 

Registering the Tattoo Parlor as a Florida LLC

If you’re looking to start an LLC or not sure if that is the correct next step, reach out to EPGD Business law for our legal experts to help you with your legal questions. We have experienced attorneys that can answer any questions regarding your business and its needs.

EPGD Business Law is located in beautiful Coral Gables. Call us at (786) 837-6787, or contact us through the website to schedule a consultation.

*Disclaimer: this blog post is not intended to be legal advice. We highly recommend speaking to an attorney if you have any legal concerns. Contacting us through our website does not establish an attorney-client relationship.*

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Eric Gros-Dubois

Founding partner Eric Gros-Dubois established EPGD Business Law in 2013. With over a decade of experience expanding the firm and leading it to its current success, Eric now primarily manages the corporate division of EPGD. Given Eric’s educational background, holding both a JD and MBA, combined with his own unique experience of starting a business from scratch and growing it to a multi-million dollar firm, he brings a specialized and invaluable perspective to those seeking legal assistance for themselves and their businesses. Having now instilled his same values in our team of skilled corporate associates, Eric leads a firm that is always ready, willing, and equipped to handle any and every legal matter that a business owner may have.


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