New York

Regulatory Body:

Note: See Regulation(s) below.
For Contact Information:
New York State Department of Health
Center for Environmental Health
Bureau of Community Environmental Health & Food Protection


Statewide health regulations for tattooing and body piercing are currently being developed by the New York State Department of Health under the statutory authority of Public Health Law Article 4A. Until the new regulations are in place, local regulations, if any, apply.

It is a violation of Section 260.21 of New York State Penal Law to tattoo minors under the age of 18, regardless of parental consent.

New York State Department of Health: Body Art – Tattooing and Body PiercingExternal

Page last reviewed: September 25, 2013 (archived document)