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Body Art & Piercing

Any person seeking a permit to practice body art in the City of Worcester must complete an application package. A practitioner must also have a valid CPR certificate, a valid First Aid certificate, a valid Blood Borne Pathogens certificate and a skin course.

Permit/License Types

  • Operate a Body Art and Piercing Establishment
  • Practice Body Art and Piercing
  • Temporary Establishment for an Event
  • Temporary/Visiting Practitioner

Schedule of Fees

We encourage you to submit your application ONLINE through our permit portal link below! Please complete all required fields, electronically sign and upload the appropriate documents.

Before you can submit an application for a permit or license you must create an account. Please see Signing Up, Creating a Profile & Accessing Your Information and Applying for a Permit & Paying Fees.

Establishment License • Apply Now!

  • Operate a Body Art and Piercing Establishment

Application Requirements:

  1. Infection Control Policy - Consent Form and After Care Information
  2. Certificate of Compliance with Worcester Revised Ordinance Regarding Revenue Collection
  3. Certificate of Compliance with the Workers' Compensation Act (NOTE: Please Notarize)

Practitioner License • Apply Now!

  • Practice Body Art and Piercing

Application Requirements:

  1. Current Blood Bourne Pathogens Certification
  2. Current CPR Certification
  3. Current First Aid Certification
  4. Current Microblading Course Certification
  5. Proof of Basic Anatomy and Physiology Course Completion
  6. Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination
  7. Proof of Skin Course Completion
  8. Proof of one year apprenticeship under the supervision of trained, experienced piercer (if new applicant)

Temporary License (Event Based) • Apply Now!

  • Temporary Establishment for an Event
  • Temporary/Visiting Practitioner

Application Requirements:

  • Temporary Establishment for an Event
    1. Infection Control Policy
  • Temporary/Visiting Practitioner
    1. Current Blood Bourne Pathogens Certification
    2. Current CPR Certification
    3. Current First Aid Certification
    4. Current Microblading Course Certification
    5. Proof of Basic Anatomy and Physiology Course Completion
    6. Proof of Skin Course Completion

Alternatively, you may continue to use the following applications. Include your phone number, sign, date and send along with the appropriate documents to the email address or fax number on this page.

You may also mail your application to the Housing/Health Division, however we recommend you follow up to ensure that it was received and that only copies of the original documents are mailed.

Please contact our office with any questions at 508-799-1198.

Contact Information

Inspectional Services
25 Meade Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-799-1198
Fax: 508-799-8544
Email Us

Office Hours:

Building & Zoning
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Housing & Health
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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City of Worcester
Customer Service Line
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
508-929-1300
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