Requirements for a New Salon (Beauty, Nail or Esthetic)
The first step in licensing a salon in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is to complete the application for a beauty salon license. The application requires three (3) signatures:
- Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Building Inspector or Elected Official
- State Plumbing Inspector
- State Cosmetology Salon Inspector
Once the zoning and plumbing portions of the application has been completed, you should contact the cosmetology salon inspector to schedule an inspection time. This is the last person to sign the application and the establishment must be ready for opening when the inspector arrives. See New Salon Application Checklist.
The application must be submitted to the Board office with the appropriate fee. Please allow for sufficient processing time as the license must be posted in the salon prior to opening. You may bring the completed application to the board office and the license will be issued to you at that time.
Change of Owner/Manager
If a salon changes owner(s) or manager(s) at anytime during the licensing year, a new salon license must be purchased (KRS 317A.050(4)(a) and (b); KRS 317B.025(3)).
Please complete a Salon Transfer of Ownership Application.pdf or Manager Change Application.pdf and submit the completed application to the board office along with the appropriate fee.
If there are any changes in the plumbing (i.e. replacing old shampoo bowls, adding shampoo bowls, pedicure stations, etc.) a new salon application must be completed with the appropriate signatures.
Change of Location
If your salon is changing locations and the new location has not been licensed as a salon within the last six (6) months, you must complete a New Salon Application. To find the New Salon Application for your location, please visit our About the Board page.
If the new location is currently licensed as a salon or was operating and licensed as a salon within the last six months, and there has been no plumbing changes, you can complete the Salon Transfer of Ownership Application.pdf or Manager Change Application.pdf
Independent Contractor Salon License
All licensees who rent or lease space in a licensed salon must obtain an independent contractor license by completing the Independent Contractor Application.pdf
The application must be submitted to the board office along with the appropriate fee.
If you are an independent contractor in more than one salon, you must have an independent contractor license for each location.
Anytime that you change salons or locations, you must purchase a new independent contractor license. If the salon where you rent space moves to a new location, you must also purchase a new independent contractor license.