Texas Licensed Cosmetology Schools

What to Expect During a Cosmetology School Inspection

Any person who maintains an establishment, in which any practice of Cosmetology is taught, must hold a beauty culture school license. A person may not operate a school until TDLR determines, by inspection, that the school is in compliance with Chapter 1602.

To obtain a license, an application for a beauty culture school must be filed with TDLR. In addition, the applicant must meet all requirements for a beauty culture school.

For a change of location, email the Education and Examination Division at education@tdlr.texas.gov.

Credit Hour Program Approval Application

Schools wishing to change from clock hours to credit hours must complete the Texas Cosmetology School Conversion to Credit Hour Program Application (90KB download) and submit it to the department with the required documentation. Approval must be granted prior to making the change.

Cosmetology School Curriculum Approval

To offer a new curriculum, please complete the Texas Cosmetology School Curriculum Approval Application (248KB download) and submit it to the department with the required documentation.

NOTE: Schools may not enroll students prior to final approval.

You may look up Cosmetology schools on our licensing database.

Requirements for a Texas Private Beauty Culture School license

The following requirements must be submitted prior to issuing a license. When submitting these requirements, please advise TDLR when your school will be ready for inspection.

  • Submit a Texas Cosmetology School License Application (76KB download), along with the fee of $500.00.
  • Private Cosmetology School Permit Ownership Information Page
  • Required equipment list sufficient to instruct a minimum of 10 students. See application instructions. Equipment must be installed prior to inspection.
  • Provide a detailed floor plan showing the building of permanent construction including two separate areas, one area for instruction in theory and one area for clinic work, must also include access to permanent restrooms and adequate drinking fountain facilities.
    • Counties with populations of 100, 000 or less, the building must have a minimum of 1,800 square feet of floor space.
    • Counties with populations of more than 100,000, the building must have a minimum of 2,800 square feet of floor space.
  • The cosmetology school curriculum approval application along with a detailed copy of the training program for each course being offered. See #11 of the cosmetology school license application instructions.
  • Proof of ownership of building or proof of lease for the first 12 months of operation.
  • A current financial statement prepared by a certified public accountant. If the financial statement is more than 180 days old, an applicant must also provide a supplement financial statement dated to within 180 days of the application. (Not applicable for public or public post-secondary schools)

Must meet all requirements of the Texas Occupational Code 1602.303.

Requirements for a Public or Public Post-Secondary Beauty Culture School

The following requirements must be submitted prior to issuing a license. When submitting these requirements, please advise TDLR when your school will be ready for inspection.

  • Submit a Texas Cosmetology School License Application (76KB download), along with the fee of $500.00.
  • Provide a detailed floor plan showing the building is of permanent construction and not less than 2,200 square feet, and includes office, dispensary, locker room, classroom and laboratory space.
  • Required equipment list sufficient to instruct a minimum of 10 students. See application instructions. Equipment must be installed prior to inspection.
  • The cosmetology school curriculum approval application along with a detailed copy of the training program for each course being offered. See #11 of the cosmetology school license application instructions.

Applicant must meet all requirements of the Texas Occupational Code 1602.303.

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