Barbering Establishment Inspections

Preparing for Your Upcoming Inspection

Below is a list of violations commonly found during inspections. We have provided some suggestions for complying with these regulations. See the Barbering Establishment Inspection Reference Guide for the full checklist TDLR inspectors use during inspections.

Establishment furniture, equipment, and/or fixtures are unclean or are not in good repair. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 82.114(a).
How to avoid violation: Keep all floors, walls, woodwork, ceilings, furniture, furnishing, and fixtures clean and in good repair. Do not permit an accumulation of waste, hair clippings, or refuse in establishment.

Failed to post individual licenses with a current photograph at the licensee's work station.Tex. Occupations Code Section 1601.451.
How to avoid violation: Post individual licenses at the licensee’s primary work station clearly visible to the public. Make sure individual licenses have a current photo of the licensee attached.

Failed to prepare fresh disinfectant daily or more often if solution becomes diluted or soiled.16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 82.101(a)(3).
How to avoid violation: Prepare disinfectant solutions each day according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the disinfectant solution changes color or has visible debris before the end of the day, prepare a fresh solution.

Failed to have restroom on or near premises without stored chemicals. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 82.114(e).
How to avoid violation: Keeping cleaning products in the restroom can be a hazard to patrons. To ensure the safety of customers, keep cleaning products and other chemicals in another location.

Failed to store clean tools and materials in a clean, dry, debris-free environment or failure to separate clean tools from soiled tools or non-cosmetology supplies. - 16 Tex. Admin Code Ch. 82.102(f).
How to avoid violation: Make sure that drawers or other containers where tools and materials are stored have been cleaned and have no visible hair or other debris. Keep personal items such as keys, money or phones in a separate drawer or container.

Shop failed to maintain a list of all employees and independent contractors. - 16 Tex. Admin Code Ch. 82.71(c).
How to avoid violation: Maintain a list of everyone who works in the shop including independent contractors and mini-barbershops. If you are a Mini-Barbershop, maintain a list of everyone who works in the mini-barbershop.

Failed to post the most recent inspection report issued by the department in a place clearly visible to the public. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 82.71(m)
How to avoid violation: Post the inspection report in the reception area clearly visible to the public. Ensure that nothing covers the inspection report.

Failed to display Notification of Public Interest Information and Participation. - Tex. Occupations Code Section 1603.151(2).
How to avoid violation: Post the sign directing consumer complaints to TDLR in the reception area clearly visible to the public. Ensure that nothing covers the sign.

Failure to have a Certificate, License or Permit. Tex. Occupations Code. Section 1601.251(a) and Section 1601.301(a).
How to avoid violation: Apply for an appropriate license or permit for the services providing. Renew license before the expiration date.

Failure to display a copy of the sanitation rules. Tex. Occupations Code Section 1601.452.
How to avoid violation: Display clearly visible to the public a copy of the Texas Barber Laws and Rules published by TDLR, or print and publicly display the current Sanitation Rules applicable to Texas Barbers.

All inspection requirements are governed by the Texas Occupations Code Title 9, Regulation of Barbers, Cosmetologists, and Related Occupations Chapter 1601, Chapter 1603 and 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 82.

Revised 06/26/2018

What to Expect During a Barber Shop Inspection

The inspector will arrive, introduce himself/herself and present a state ID.

Inspectors’ state ID badges contain their employee number. If you would like to confirm an inspector’s identity, please call our customer service division at 800-803-9202. One of our representatives can verify the inspector’s name and employee number.

The inspector will ask to speak to the owner or manager. If neither is available, the inspector will notify the person in charge that the inspection will proceed.

The inspection will consist of the following:

Check for required postings, forms and lists:

  • Current facility license
  • Current individual licenses (with current photo of licensee attached)
  • Consumer complaint sign
  • Most recent inspection report
  • A list of employees and independent contractors
  • Foot spa cleaning record, if applicable

Check implementation of health and sanitation standards and practices:

  • Equipment
  • Tools
  • Work Stations
  • Implements cleaned and sanitized before use on each client
  • Single use items being discarded after each use.
  • Wet disinfectants
  • Dry storage areas
  • Towel storage (clean and soiled)
  • Shampoo area

Check for facility requirements:

  • Restrooms (hot and cold running water, clean and in working order, no chemicals stored in restroom)
  • Walls, floors, furniture, and equipment are clean and in good repair in accordance with the sanitation rules
  • Prohibited products are not in the shop and no prohibited practices are being performed.
  • An autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or ultra violet sanitizer, if shop is providing manicure or pedicure nail services.

Provide a proof of inspection:

  • This form contains relevant facility information and include a list of any deficiencies found during the inspection.

After completing the inspection, the inspector will review the proof of inspection with the facility owner, manager or representative. The inspector will ask for a signature indicating that the inspection has been completed. The facility owner, manager or representative will receive a copy of the report and any deficiencies that have been explained must be corrected within 10 days.

For a full list of requirements to be checked during an inspection, please see the Barbering Establishment Inspection Reference Guide.