Health Department

Other Establishments

Tattoo/ Massage Therapy

The City of Independence regulates body piercing, tattoo artists, tattoo parlors, and massage therapists.    All tattoo parlors must be inspected and approved by both the State of Missouri and the City of Independence prior to opening.  The City Ordinance that applies to body piercing, tattoo artists, and tattoo parlors is Chapter 11, Article 16. Tattoo and/or Body Piercing Regulations. The City Ordinance that applies to massage therapy is Chapter 11, Article 14. Bath Houses and Massage Establishments.

Body piercing, tattoo artists, and massage therapists are required to obtain a permit from the City of Independence. The Annual permit fee is $200 (effective July 1st, 2017) for each body piercing artist, tattoo artist. Massage therapist initial permit application fee is $150 (effective July 1st, 2017) with an annual permit renewal fee of $25 (effective July 1st, 2017). The initial permit application fee for a new tattoo parlor is $275 (effective July 1st, 2017) with an annual renewal permit renewal fee of $200 (effective July 1st, 2017).

Tattoo artists and massage therapists must present their State license and proof from a physician that they do not have any communicable diseases to the Health Department.  If an artist is both tattooing and performing body piercing, they will need to be licensed by the State of Missouri and the City of Independence to do both.

Tattoo parlor inspections are performed twice annually and on a complaint basis.  Massage parlor inspections are performed prior to the facility opening and on a complaint basis.

To learn more about the State of Missouri's tattoo and massage therapy regulations, visit http://pr.mo.gov/tattooing.asp and http://pr.mo.gov/massage.asp.

Tattoo Parlor Permit Application                                                  Tattoo Body Piercer Permit Application

Massage Establishment Permit Application                                 Massage Therapist Permit Application

Swimming Pools

The City of Independence regulates commercial swimming pools/spas inside the city limits of Independence.  Commercial pool operators must comply with ordinances of the City of Independence designed to protect public health.  The City ordinance that applies to swimming pools is Chapter 11, Article 13. Swimming Pools

Regulated commercial pool and spa facilities are required to obtain a permit from the City of Independence.  The annual permit application fee is $150 (effective July 1, 2017). Commercial pools and spas are inspected once annually and on a complaint basis.

Commercial Swimming Pool Application