Nearly every cosmetologist, barber, nail specialist, or facial specialist dreams about opening their own salon or barbershop.
Opening a salon or barbershop is an exciting adventure! But before you set your sandwich board out on the sidewalk announcing your grand opening and get your product display shelf just right—you have some paperwork to complete. This means sending in applications, preparing for inspections, and reading over the Florida laws and rules to make sure your space meets all the requirements. No one wants their salon or barbershop to be cited during an inspection.
This article isn’t about how much of your space should be devoted to organic retail or how to create a cool and calming atmosphere. The Board isn’t concerned about your pricing, cute business cards, online scheduling portal, or the size of your retail space. The board is concerned with ensuring the safety of the public in Florida. This needs to be a large part of your planning, not just an afterthought.
If you have a lot of questions or do not know where to begin with your official paperwork, that’s understandable! Opening a salon is a huge undertaking, and we want to make this whole process easier for you. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions along with their applicable Florida Statute or Board Rule. We also have included links to applications and a few tips to help you move forward with your business dream.
Since writing this post, there have been some significant changes in the cosmetology regulations, especially for Salons. Some services are now allowed to take place outside a salon!
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