Plano considers accepting downtown tattoo parlors – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The city of Plano is considering changes that would allow tattoo shops in its downtown neighborhood.
Currently, stores can offer tattoo services, but they cannot function primarily as tattoo parlors, but rather offer them as an “accessory” service.
Plano is not alone.
Garland and Arlington also do not allow major tattoo parlors downtown, according to their city spokespersons.
Grand Prairie allows a limited number of tattoo parlors in its downtown area with a special permit, according to its city spokesperson.
For many business owners, opening in downtown Plano has really paid off.
“In fact, business is booming. It’s amazing,” said Angela Crowe, owner of Fur Babies Baker, who just celebrated a year in her brick-and-mortar store.
Lyla’s Clothing Boutique & More nearby celebrates five years in business.
“We are so excited. We are finally recovering from COVID,” said owner Meagan Waters.
And now a new type of business wants to participate in the growth and success of the downtown. “We would like to open a high-end permanent tattoo and cosmetics studio,” Jennifer Bailey told the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission committee in February.
Bailey and her business partner want to turn an empty storefront on K Avenue into a tattoo shop.
The problem is, they can’t. Not if tattoos are the main service they will provide.
Bailey could open a shop and offer tattoo services as an addition to another primary service.
Their desired location is the former Ashes Smokes & Tattoos which closed several years ago.
The contractors are asking the city’s planning and zoning committee to change a 2001 ordinance and allow major tattoo parlors into Plano’s downtown business government district.
Accessory or primary tattoo shops are permitted in other parts of the city with permits, depending on the city.
City leaders tell NBC 5 that even if the ordinance is changed, restrictions can be added, including potentially limiting the number of tattoo parlors allowed downtown and keeping those shops 1,000 feet from houses and churches.
Shop owner Meagan Waters is pleased with increased traffic and fewer vacancies in her neighborhood.
“As a small business owner, I’d rather see something in the building than an empty building sitting there,” she said. “Some of these buildings sat empty for quite a while.”
The community will soon have the opportunity to express itself on the question.
A public hearing before the Plano Planning and Zoning Committee is scheduled for May 2.
If the effort to change the 2001 ordinance passes the committee with a recommendation for approval, it could go to the full city council for a vote on May 23, according to the city.