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Recent Lavatory Decision
Over the past two years the State Board of Cosmetology (Board) has been involved in discussions and litigation, regarding the Board’s authority to require a lavatory and the Board’s issuance of variances to that requirement. On August 14, 2017, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion in the case of Eleven Eleven Pennsylvania, LLC v. State Board of Cosmetology, declaring that Board regulation section 7.79, 49 Pa. Code § 7.79, is preempted by section 104(d) of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, 35 P.S. § 7210.104(d)(1), to the extent it requires a lavatory within the square footage of the salon. The Board has been permanently restrained from enforcing the preempted language of the lavatory regulation.
As a result of this decision, the Board will no longer be considering lavatories, or their location, when reviewing applications for salon licensure. Applications will be updated in the near future to reflect this change. Additionally, the Board will begin the process of promulgating a regulation to address the decision of the Commonwealth Court.
Variance Notice
At its meeting on November 7, 2016 the State Board of Cosmetology voted to table all variance requests until its next scheduled meeting on January 9, 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience. Any updates relating to this situation will be posted to Board’s website.


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All salons must apply for licensure by filing the correct application with the State Board of Cosmetology.  All salons must be inspected prior to operating per the Board’s Regulations 49 Pa. Code at § 7.51 (b).
When applying for licensure of any salon, the salon CANNOT be open/operating prior to inspection. Inspection will be scheduled after successful review of a completed application. We will NOT schedule an inspection until all discrepancies are resolved.
If relocating a salon, you must complete and file application 45-CB100 (pdf) with the Board Office. Your new salon location cannot be open prior to inspection, however, you may continue to operate at your existing salon location until inspection of the new salon location.
If changing ownership of a salon, you must complete and file application 45-CB100 (pdf)with the Board Office. The new owner cannot open or operate the salon until inspection. The previous owner MUST return the salon license at the time of inspection.
If making changes to the salon license information [Examples:  change of trade name, adding a partner, deleting a partner, making 911 or post office address changes, incorporating or un-incorporating OR adding or deleting space to an existing licensed salon], you must complete and file application 45-CB200  (pdf).  The salon may continue to operate while the Board makes the required changes to the salon license.  A new license, reflecting the informational changes, will be issued to the salon at the conclusion of the application process.