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Cosmetology and Barber Facilities

The Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD) also regulates cosmetology and barber shop facilities.  Cosmetology salons include braiding, nail and esthetics operations.  Before you can open and operate a cosmetology salon or barber shop you must receive a passing inspection from the FSHISD. 

To begin this process, please send the following documents to the FSHISD either by email at [email protected] or by fax to (202) 535-1359 and be sure to include your name and contact information:

  • Certificate of Occupancy [C of O]
  • Salon Owner’s License [COO, CSO, BAO]
  • Salon Manager’s License [COM, CSM, BAM]
  • Operator’s License [COP, CSP, BAR]

Once we have received the above documents, you will be contacted so that a pre-operational inspection can be arranged.  At the conclusion of the inspection, a report will be provided along with the next steps.  If your operation passes the pre-operational inspection, you may submit that inspection report along with any other documents required by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), to the Business Licensing Division.  Once you have obtained the Basic Business License (BBL), please share a copy with the FSHISD so we may keep your records on file.

Feel free to contact the FSHISD if you have any questions by writing to [email protected] or calling (202)535-2180.  You are also encouraged to review the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) website for additional requirements and regulations.