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What's new: Cosmetologists

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March 2021

New Virtual Inspections

We're conducting virtual inspections for all licensed cosmetology and tattoo businesses. The inspections will start in March 2021.

This new inspection process is an effort to adapt to a changing world. We welcome the chance to interact with and serve you in a new way. This change will impact all salon shop and artist shop licensed businesses.

A salon shop is a location license for an establishment that provides:

  • Cosmetology.
  • Hair design.
  • Barbering.
  • Esthetics.
  • Master esthetics.
  • Manicuring services.

This includes independent contractors who rent a booth or station in an establishment.

An artist shop is a location license for an establishment that provides:

  • Tattoos.
  • Permanent cosmetics.
  • Body piercing services.

What to expect for a virtual inspection of your shop

  • We'll contact you by email or phone to set up a virtual appointment.
  • We'll verify you have the required technology before the inspection. We'll provide help for those who don't.
  • During the inspection, you'll provide a virtual tour of your establishment.
  • We'll review the results with you at the end of the virtual visit. We'll send you the inspection form by email.

Cosmetology Board Recruitment

We have two new seats open on our Cosmetology Advisory Board. The open seats are:

  • Private School
  • Apprentice Salon

If you're interested on serving and meet the qualifications, we welcome you to apply now!

Email your completed application to PLSSUnit@dol.wa.gov by March 24th, 2021. Please include all required documents.

Visit our cosmetology board webpage for more information.

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