Cosmetology School Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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, then you will be notified by the department. 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, you will be contacted by an inspector to schedule your initial inspection.

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.

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?

If your school curriculum is being offered by clock-hours, you need to submit the cosmetology school clock hour curriculum approval application
If your school curriculum is being offered by credit-hours, you need to submit the cosmetology school credit hour 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.

That being said, our inspectors are expected to address fraudulent activities (i.e. the practice of “selling hours” or accruing hours illegally) and may find it necessary to inquire further in these circumstances. For instance- an inspector may find it necessary to question or further investigate the school records and activities IF the number of “students” does not match the numbers listed on the current student roster OR the class size exceeds the student-teacher ratio. If the inspector finds evidence of fraud or accruing hours illegally, there would be reason to cite violations and/or open a complaint.