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Pre-operational Inspection

The Community Hygiene Division Inspection and regulates hygiene establishments, such as cosmetology salons which include braiding, nail and esthetics operations. Before you can open and operate a cosmetology salon or barber shop you must receive a passing inspection .

To begin this process, please send the following documents to the Commuinty Hygiene Division by email at [email protected]  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 to you along with the next steps.  If your operation passes the pre-operational inspection, you may submit the 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 by emailing the  so we may keep your records on file.

Please contact the FSHISD if you have any questions by writing to [email protected] or calling (202) 535-2180.  

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has additional regulations and requirements that can be viewed at the DCRA website.