Cosmetology School Frequently Asked Questions

Update to Building and Facility Requirements

In accordance with House Bill 2065 (85th Regular Session, 2017), on September 1, 2017 TDLR may no longer establish building or facility standards that are not related to Health and Safety removing the requirements of square footage, number of chairs, and number of sinks.


What is Required to Open a New Cosmetology School?

Submit a Texas Cosmetology School License Application along with the $500.00 fee. The $500.00 fee includes a $300.00 application fee and a $200.00 inspection fee.

For a private cosmetology school please include the following with your application:

- A detailed floor plan showing the building is of permanent construction including two separate areas, one for instruction in theory and one area for clinic work. The floor plan must also include access to permanent restrooms and adequate drinking fountain facilities.
- Proof of ownership of the building or proof of lease for the first 12 months of operation.
- The ownership information page which is included with the application.
- The list of equipment that will be used to properly instruct students enrolled in the school.
- Provide 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 within 180 days of the application.
- The Cosmetology school curriculum approval application and certification statement of required documentation.

For a public or public post-secondary cosmetology school please include the following with your application:

- A detailed floor plan showing the building is of permanent construction including two separate areas, one for instruction in theory and one area for clinic work.
- The list of equipment that will be used to properly instruct students enrolled in the school
- The Cosmetology school curriculum approval application and certification statement of required documentation.

How long does the review process take when applying for a new cosmetology school license?

All applications are processed in the order received, and therefore our division cannot specify a length of time for the review and approval process. The application process can be lengthy and all requirements must be met before approval will be granted. Our staff works diligently to approve all school and curriculum applications as soon as possible.

Can I open a new cosmetology school and enroll students while waiting for approval from the department?

No, students cannot be enrolled unless the school has passed inspection, been approved and their cosmetology school license has been received.

What is the process for scheduling a school inspection?

Once your Texas cosmetology school application has been approved and all requirements have been met, which includes the approval of the curriculum, you will be sent an Initial School Inspection Request Form. You will be required to verify that all equipment has been installed and that the facility is ready for inspection. Once this information is received, an inspector will contact you to schedule your initial inspection.

If I hold a cosmetology school license, can I offer any of the cosmetology curriculum from 83.120 at our school?

You can only offer the curriculum which has been approved by the department. If you want to add new curriculum you must submit the Cosmetology school curriculum approval application and certification statement of required documentation.

What application needs to be submitted to have curriculum approved?

You need to submit the Cosmetology school curriculum approval application

If you are also seeking approval for distance education, there is a separate form which must be submitted for approval, the cosmetology school distance education application .

What needs to be submitted for a cosmetology school name change?

Please submit the cosmetology school name change application along with the $25.00 fee for the license to be re-printed under the new name.

Can a person attend a cosmetology class if the person is not enrolled in a private beauty culture school or vocational cosmetology program in a public school?

Yes, however, a person who is not enrolled in a private beauty culture school or vocational cosmetology program in a public school and who does not hold a student permit CANNOT accrue hours of instruction.

Can I operate a barber school in the same space as my cosmetology school?

Yes, but not at the same time.

Can I operate a barber and cosmetology school and share the theory classroom space?

Yes, but not at the same time.

Can I apply for a dual license to operate both a barber and cosmetology school?

No, you must apply for both a barber school license and a cosmetology school license and meet all requirements for licensure.

Can I operate a cosmetology school in the same space as my barber school and share equipment?

Yes, but not at the same time.

I have several theory-classrooms, can I offer barber and cosmetology at the same time in different classrooms?

Yes, classes can be held at the same time, but not in the same space. You must hold both the barber and the cosmetology school license and meet all requirements.

If I am approved for both a barber school license and a cosmetology school license, will I be required to have two separate inspections.

Yes, each school will need to have the initial inspection, but the inspections can be completed on the same day assuming all requirements have been met.

Are the requirements for a barber school and a cosmetology school identical?

No, but the requirements are similar, and equipment is similar.

If I hold both a barber school license and a cosmetology school license, can the same instructor teach in both schools?

A licensed barber instructor is required to teach in the barber school and a licensed cosmetology instructor is required to teach in the cosmetology school. If a licensee holds both the barber instructor license and the cosmetology instructor license, then the instructor can teach in both schools.