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Body Artist

Body art means the practice of physical adornment by establishments and artists utilizing, but not limited to, the techniques of body piercing and tattooing. It does not include ear piercing. A body artist is any person who performs body art on another human being. To obtain a Body Artist License in Denver, artists are required to currently be working at a licensed body artist establishment or a licensed body art mobile vehicle.

A temporary body artist permit may be issued to allow body artists to perform body art procedures outside a licensed body art establishment for a one-time event such as a trade show or educational seminar.  They are only valid in a licensed temporary body art facility. An applicant for a temporary body artist permit shall submit an application not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the event. If you are already licensed as a body artist in Denver, you do not have to obtain a temporary body artist license to work an event in Denver.


A body artist must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply.


Please note: If a licensed cosmetologist is authorized to do microblading by the state, they are not required to get a body artist license through the Department of Excise and Licenses. However, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment can require that licensed cosmetologists comply with the body art ordinance rules and regulations.


How to Get a New Business License

Body Artist

Temporary Body Artist

Body Artist

  • Application Fee:  $25.00
  • License Fee:  $25.00

Temporary Body Artist

  • Temporary permit:  $25.00 per event

Fees can be paid with cash, check,  money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

*Please Note:* We cannot accept applications and fees through email for your license as you must obtain a photo ID as part of the licensing process and we cannot process credit cards other than in person. 

Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. Fees are paid in full.

Renew a Business License

Renew in Person
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.

Request a renewal for your business license.

You will be issued an invoice.

Take the invoice to the cashier and pay the renewal license fee of $25.

Your business license will be printed.

Renew by Mail 

You can mail in your check with your license renewal fee of $25. Make checks payable to the Manager of Finance for the total city fees due. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check.

Office Hours and Location
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor

Mailing Information
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Body Artist

License Fee:  $25.00

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees.

90 Day Grace Period

There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed  by paying the license fee and the penalty fee.

First 30 days of grace period:  20% penalty fee

Days 31 - 90:  50% penalty fee

After 90 days:  Licensees will be required to apply for a new license


  • Department of Excise and Licenses inspectors will attempt to locate and notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date.  However, failure of an inspector to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.

More Information

Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 24-352(4) 

Requirements 24-361, 24-364

Fees 32-54.5, 32-54.6

Plan Extra Time!

Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect.  Plan extra time to get your license.

Compliments or Complaints?

If you have a complaint, compliment or concern about a business operating in Denver, please complete the Business License Compliment/Complaint Form and return it to our Department.  We will investigate any complaint regarding the business licenses that we issue for the City and County of Denver.

Download compliment/complaint form (PDF)