"Effective January 1, 2014, It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in body tattooing and/or body piercing at any location and/or facility which does not possess a valid permit" as per Ordinance Number 13-13 and passed by the Porter County Board of Commissioners on November 5, 2013.
The Tattoo and Piercing Parlor Operating Permit is $100.00 (a $10.00 late fee will be incurred if the application is received after January 1 for all previously permitted facilities). This is an annual permit and must be obtained yearly.
Previously permitted Tattoo and/or Piercing Parlors must complete an application, provided required attachments and pay $100.00 ( and include a $10.00 late fee if received after January 1).
New Tattoo and Piercing Parlors must complete an application, provided required attachments, pay the fee and pass a inspection by our office prior to opening.
Please visit or mail a completed application, attachments and a check to Porter County Health Department, Environmental Division, Attention: Tattoo/Piercing Application, 155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 104, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Checks can be made payable to Porter County Health Department. For renewal applications received by mail, the Tattoo/Piercing Facility Operating Permit and receipt will be mailed to the address listed on the application. Porter County Health Department Tattoo and Piercing Parlor Operating Permit Application (PDF)