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COVID-19 Guidances and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, go to

Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy and will be available for mail services only.

Walk In Services

UPDATED: The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center will be open to the public by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays starting on October 21, 2020, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The online appointment scheduler is Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application.In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health

Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place.If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please

forward any documents to said HLS via email.


The Division of Community Hygiene Provides regulatory health inspections for Barber Shops and various types of Cosmetology Salon Operations such as:

  • Nail Salons
  • Hair Salons
  • Barbershops 
  • Body Waxing Facilities
  • Spas, etc.

Barber and Cosmetology Resources

Inspection Checklist for Cosmetology Establishments

Current Regulations:

DC Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)


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