Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Tattooing and Body Piercing Facilities

Tattooing and Body Piercing Facilities are NOT licensed by Harford County Health Department. The Health Department DOES investigate complaints in accordance with requirements outlined in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 10.06.01.  Additionally, all operators are provided a packet of information alerting them to pertinent regulations and responsibilities.    

Please be advised that the three incorporated municipalities, Aberdeen, Bel Air, and Havre de Grace, have their own internal procedures and policies regarding tattooing and body piercing operations.  The City of Aberdeen does not permit such operations within city limits.  The Town of Bel Air has its own ordinance regulating tattoo and body piercing services.  Approval must be obtained through the Town’s Board of Appeals.  Please contact the Town’s Planning Department at 410-879-9500. The City of Havre de Grace requires potential operators to submit an application for a Use and Occupancy Permit through the City’s Department of Planning and Zoning.  City officials may be reached at 410-939-1800 for more information.

Please click here to view the applicable regulations excerpted from COMAR 10.06.01: Communicable Diseases and Related Conditions of Public Health Importance.