Traditional Tattoo, Permanent Make-up, & Microblading/shading

Any person planning to perform tattooing activities (traditional tattoo, permanent make-up, & microblading/shading) in Pitt County are required to have a Tattooing Permit issued by Pitt County Environmental Health per the Rules Governing Tatooing - 15A NCAC 18A .3200 and General Statutes 130A-283. Tattooing is defined as "the inserting of permanent markings or coloration, or the producing of scars, upon or under human skin through puncturing by use of a needle or any other method."


Tattoo permits are issued to a specific artist at a specific location. An artist who practices at more than one studio, or who moves to another studio, must get a new permit at each location. Permits are non-transferable to a different location or person. Each artist within an establishment must maintain their individual permit. In order to obtain or renew a permit, a completed Tattooing Permit Application must be submitted to Pitt County Environmental Health at least 30 days prior to anticipated date to begin tattooing or current permit expiration date.

Guidance & Resources

Contact Information

If you have any questions about any of the information above, feel free to contact Marian Robertson, Environmental Health Program Specialist at 252-902-3214 or

Now accepting online applications! 

To submit your application online: Click Here! Once your application has been submitted, please call 252-902-3205 or 252-902-3206 to submit payment.