Online Complaint Form: Tattoo/Piercing of a Minor

Instructions: This form is used to file a complaint about a violation of Article XXII of the Erie County Sanitary Code (Regulation of Tattoo Artists and Establishments) or Local Law No. 9-2000 (Body Piercing of Minors).

The minimum age to obtain a tattoo in Erie County is 18 years of age and the individual must show a valid government issued ID. Minors under the age of 18 are prohibited from receiving a tattoo. It is a misdemeanor under NYS Penal Law Section 260 for anyone to apply a tattoo to a person under the age of 18, with or without parental consent. The minimum age to obtain a body piercing in Erie County is 18 years of age and the individual must show a valid government issued ID. Minors under the age of 18 are allowed to obtain a body piercing if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who provides informed written consent. The written consent must be filed in person at the body piercing shop by the parent or legal guardian and the parent or legal guardian must present valid government issued ID. 

Please enter all information and submit the form below.  Items with * are required fields.  Any information you provide is confidential.  Please enter a valid e-mail address and telephone number in case we need to contact you for additional information. Incomplete information may limit the ability of the ECDOH to conduct an investigation.  If you prefer, you may file a complaint by phone at (716) 961-6800.
Parent/Guardian Name
Parent/Guardian Address
Parent/Guardian Telephone Number
Minor’s Name
Tattoo/Piercing Facility Address

Permission: By signing and submitting this form, I affirm that these statements and information are true under the laws against perjury. The complainant and minor agree to attend a hearing and be prepared to testify under oath if this case results in an administrative hearing. Failure to attend the hearing will result in dismissal of charges.

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