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Salon Requirements

Requirements for a New Salon (Beauty, Nail or Esthetic)

The first step in licensing a salon in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is to complete the application for a beauty salon license. The application requires three (3) signatures:

  • Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Building Inspector or Elected Official
  • State Plumbing Inspector
  • State Cosmetology Salon Inspector

Once the zoning and plumbing portions of the application has been completed, you should contact the cosmetology salon inspector to schedule an inspection time. This is the last person to sign the application and the establishment must be ready for opening when the inspector arrives. 

The application must be submitted to the Board office with the appropriate fee. Please allow for sufficient processing time as the license must be posted in the salon prior to opening. You may bring the completed application to the board office and the license will be issued to you at that time.

Change of Owner/Manager

If a salon changes owner(s) or manager(s) at any time during the licensing year, a new salon license must be purchased.

Please complete a Salon Application (Transfer of Ownership) or a Manager Change Application and submit the completed application to the board office along with the appropriate fee.

Plumbing Changes

If there are any changes in the plumbing (i.e. replacing old shampoo bowls, adding shampoo bowls, pedicure stations, etc.) a new salon application must be completed with the appropriate signatures.  No fee is required with the application if it is being submitted to update plumbing changes only.

Change of Location

If your salon is changing locations you must complete a new Salon Application.