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Maryland Board of Barbers

Welcome to our home page. The Maryland Board of Barbers qualifies and licenses individuals seeking licensure and issues permits to business entities through which the trade of barbering is practiced. The Board also establishes health and safety standards for the operation of barbershops and trade schools. We regulate the practice of barbering under the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 4 and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 9, Subtitle 16. We investigate complaints against licensees, as well as complaints related to unlicensed practice. The Board may issue a reprimand, suspend or revoke a license or permit, and/or impose a fine.

We encourage you to report, in writing, any unlicensed activities. We need your help to ensure professionalism in the fields of barbering and cosmetology.

The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) requires all licensees and registrants to affix a current picture to their licenses. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.

Please note: Business Occupations and Professions Article Section 4-605, Annotated Code of Maryland provides that you must be affiliated with a licensed salon or licensed barbershop to perform services.

News and Updates

HB 250 State Board of Barbers and State Board of Cosmetologists - Special Fund and Fees
Beginning July 1, 2018, the Boards of Barbers and Cosmetologists will convert from general funds to one special fund. This is an administrative change, and there is no action required on the part of licensees. No changes in fees are planned.

New Law Effective October 1, 2016
House Bill 567 Barbers and Cosmetologists - Mobile Barbershops and Beauty Salons - Permit Requirement enables a beauty salon owner or barbershop owner to obtain a secondary permit for one or more mobile beauty salons or barbershops. To qualify for a mobile salon/barbershop permit, an applicant must (1) hold a permit to operate a traditional salon or barbershop and (2) own or lease the motor vehicle or trailer in which the mobile salon/barbershop is to be located. All other current law applicable to the practice of cosmetology or barbering applies for mobile salons/barbershops. View the text of the bill. Regulations are currently being drafted and should be available for public comment soon. For questions or comments, please e-mail the Board.

Proposed Regulations Currently Open for Public Comment

To register your comments with the Board, send your letter to the Maryland Board of Barbers, 500 N. Calvert Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; e-mail; or fax 410-333-6314.

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Maryland Board of Barbers
500 N. Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
Fax: 410-333-6314