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Tattoo & Body Piercing License
Dave Smith
Code Compliance Officer

Scott Rovere
Building Insepctor

1040 Harley-Davidson Way
Suite 103
Sturgis, SD  57785

Ph: (605) 347-4422
Fx: (605) 347-4861

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On behalf of the City of Sturgis, we would like to thank you for choosing to do business in the City of Sturgis.  Whatever the reasons for the relocation of your establishment to Sturgis, we hope that the information on this section of the City's website will assist you with setting up your business and ensuring your compliance with all City, County, and State regulations governing tattoo and body piercing establishments

No matter how long you will do business in Sturgis, the process to register and get your Tattoo and/or Body Piercing License within the City limits does not change.  Once you have a location and the appropriate sales tax license, you need to apply for a Tattoo and Body Piercing License (Apply Online) (Download form).  City staff will then inspect your location for compliance with health and sanitation regulations.  Once your inspection is successfully completed, you may begin to serve customers.  A health and sanitation inspection is required annually (or upon change of location.)

However, the requirements for registering with the State’s Department of Revenue do vary if you are here only during the duration of the annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.  (The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally ™ will be celebrating its 76th Anniversary from August 8 – 14, 2016.)

As you go through the process of licensing as a tattoo and/or body piercing artist, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

General Checklist

A tattoo and/or body piercing artist must obtain an individual Tattoo & Body Piercing License in order to operate within the City of Sturgis.  Below is a quick General Checklist to assist with your planning.  For further details about each item below, please click on the links at the top left of this page.

  • Acquire a location at a fixed address to tattoo/body pierce.
  • Obtain a South Dakota sales tax license.
  • Apply for the City Tattoo and Body Piercing License.  (Apply Online) (Download form). Pay associated fees.
  • Completely set up your establishment in accordance with SD Administrative Rules 44:12:01 and 44:12:02.
  • Schedule your health and sanitation inspection.
  • Open your establishment to customers.  Ensure on-going sales tax compliance.  

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City of Sturgis,1040 Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis, SD, 57785 • Ph: (605) 347-4422 • 

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