The city’s planning and zoning committee is recommending that the land use codes be updated to allow for tattoo parlors.

Dean Jeffers said he plans to open a tattoo parlor in Union, but that type of business does not fit into any current zoning codes.

“There is nothing in the current land use code that fits (tattoo parlors) exactly,” City Administrator Russell Rost told planning board members Monday.

“Personal services comes close,” he added. “That includes beauty shops and barbers which are also licensed by the state.”

The zoning board is recommending that tattoo shops be permitted in B-1 and B-2 business districts, and allowed in B-3 zoning districts under a conditional use permit.

Rost added that mirrors personal service land use.

The board of aldermen must approve an ordinance to change the city’s land use codes to includes tattoo parlors as a permitted use.

Rost told The Missourian that the land use codes were developed in the 1980s when there were tattoo parlor primarily in larger cities.

“It’s a newer trend and they’re coming to smaller towns,” he said. “Now we have one that wants to locate here. We have to find the right zoning district.”

Jeffers said he is looking to open up a shop in downtown Union, or near East Central College. Both areas would be in a permitted district if the land use code is changed.

State Licenses

During the discussion on tattoo parlors, Community Development Director Joseph Graves said the city does not require proof of a state license for businesses in which state licensing is required.

Graves said businesses that are required to have county health department inspections must show proof of that inspection was passed. Those businesses include restaurants, childcare facilities and tattoo parlors.

Planning board member John Allen recommended that all businesses that require state licensing show proof of that license.

Rost said city officials will consider changing the business license policy to require proof of state licensing.

“We send out renewal business license notices in March and they are due in April,” Graves said. “We have plenty time to get adjusted.”