Laws and Rules

Important Changes to Texas Cosmetology Law

A new law passed in 2021, House Bill 1560 (87R), merges the Barbering and Cosmetology programs at TDLR.

This change repeals the individual cosmetology law (Occupations Code 1602) and expands the “Barbering and Cosmetology” law in Occupations Code 1603.

TDLR may continue to issue licenses and disciplinary actions under Occupations Code 1602 and the rules under Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 83 until the new law is implemented and new administrative rules adopted. These changes will be implemented before September 1, 2023.

Texas Laws

Name Code Chapter PDF Word
Cosmetology and Barbering Law Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1603 PDF Word
Cosmetologists Law Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1602 PDF
TDLR Enabling Law Texas Occupations Code Chapter 51 PDF Word


Rules and Regulations

Name Code Chapter Chapter Request
Cosmetologists Administrative Rules
(For Occupations Code 1602)
Texas Admin Code Chapter 83 Link
TDLR Procedural Rules Texas Admin Code Chapter 60 Link
TDLR Administrative Rules Texas Admin Code Chapter 55 Link


Rulemaking Actions

Rule Action Date Notice
Texas Admin Code Ch. 83 Adopted Amendments 12/23/22 Justification