Body Art Establishments

Did You Know?

  • A person may not operate a body art establishment and may not operate in a body art establishment without a permit and license issued by the regulatory authority. Permits and licenses are not transferable from one person to another or from one location to another location. 
  • Body art in Wichita Falls means the practice of physical body adornment including, but not limited to, body piercing, tattooing, and cosmetic tattooing.  
    • Body art does not include branding and scarification or practices that are considered medical procedures by a state medical board, such as implants under the skin.
Body Art Image
  • Cosmetic tattooing means depositing pigment into the epidermis, utilizing needles, which are either permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary by someone other than a state-licensed physician. Cosmetic tattooing shall also mean permanent cosmetics, demography, micro-pigmentation, permanent color technology, and micro-pigment implantation.

In 1966, the City of Wichita Falls adopted, by reference, the rules established by the State of Texas that governs the standards under which Body Art Establishments are operated in the state. Health Inspectors routinely monitor Body Art Establishments to ensure they adhere to these regulations:


Local Ordinance


Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 25

Health and Safety Code

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 29