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Location Requirements
Location Requirements

The tattoo artist must acquire a location with a fixed address within Sturgis. 


The tattoo space cannot be in a tent or outdoors. 


However, you can operate your establishment out of a trailer, RV or motorhome, so long as the facility meets the requirements for an establishment, as set out in SD AR 44:12:01 and SD AR 44:12:02.  But, note, pursuant to City Ordinance 2, you can only operate a business (including a tattoo establishment) out of a temporary structure such as these for a maximum of 30 days at that fixed address. 


If you will be operating as an artist only during the annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™, you can find temporary lease space (i.e. vendor property) listed at


The artist cannot move locations (even within the same building) without requiring additional inspections.


At a minimum, the tattoo space must be 60 square feet.  It must be enclosed and physically separated by SOLID partitions at least seven feet high (or walls extending from floor to ceiling) from facilities used for practices other than tattooing and body piercing. 


Any retail sales area (i.e. clothing) must be separated by a barrier from in the tattoo floor. 


All tables, chairs, and other general-use equipment must be constructed of plastic, metal with enamel/porcelain coating, or stainless steel. 


Floors and walls of the tattooing area shall be smooth, easily cleanable, nonabsorbent and in good repair. 


The tattoo floor must have safe, bright lighting (30 foot-candles of light).


Handwashing facilities and bathrooms must be easily accessible.  Hand washing stations must have warm, potable, running water as well as liquid soap and single-use paper towels (or commercial dryer). 


Animals (except service animals) are prohibited in the tattoo establishment. 


The tattoo establishment must be maintained in clean, sanitary, vermin-free condition and must be in good repair.

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