When to File an Application

  • You are required to obtain a professional license from the Division of Professional Regulation for each location where you are operating a shop or salon. File an application when:
    • you are opening a new shop or salon.
    • the ownership of an existing shop or salon is changing (regardless of whether the name is changing).
    • an existing shop or salon is changing its name (regardless of whether the owner is changing).
    • an existing shop or salon is moving to another location.
  • In addition to the professional license, you are required to obtain a business license from the Division of Revenue for each salon or shop you operate. To apply, visit www.revenue.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8778.
    You may be required to obtain a town/city business license for a shop or salon operating in its jurisdiction. Contact the town or city for more information.

Requirements for All Applications

  • Enclose processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” Applications received without the required fee will be rejected.
  • Enclose detailed floorplan on 8 ½” x 11” paper or blueprints. For an example, click Sample Floor Plan.
  • Enclose a copy of a business license issued by city of Wilmington, Dover, Rehoboth Beach or any other municipality that requires a town/city business license.

All persons providing professional services in the shop/salon must hold the appropriate professional license.

All shops and salons operating in Delaware must comply with the Division of Public Health’s Rules and Regulations on sanitation. See Sanitation Regulations.

The Cosmetology/Barbering License Law and Rules and Regulations are available on this website.

What Happens After You Apply

To assure consideration of your license application at the next Board meeting, the Board office must receive all of the items above no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the Board’s meeting date. The Board meets on the last Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. except for August and December. See online meeting calendar and agendas.

Following the meeting, you will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision. If approved, the license will be enclosed. No inspection of the premises takes place before the shop/salon opens.