Salon Application Instructions and Checklist (Please do not submit a salon application if you are renewing your salon license go to the homepage and scroll to the middle and click on the Online Renewal Link)
Please read instructions carefully prior to filling out application. Application must be complete to process.
STEP ONE: When you're ready to proceed, you will click on "Apply Now" below and you'll be taken to the credit card payment screen. Key in the required information and click Pay Now. You will pay the $110.00 application fee per license and a $3.00 convienence fee. Applications take 3 to 4 weeks to process.
Note: If you are applying for two types of licenses-example Nail and Aesthetics, you must pay $110 per license-which means you need to make two payments separately-and submit only one application-indicate by selecting both types when you fill out the application.
STEP TWO: If you are the Sole Salon Applicant you will receive a link to "Complete the Salon Application". The Online Application form will open in Adobe Sign and allow for online submission.
If you are applying with Co-Applicants, a Corporation or LLC or a Salon within a Salon you will receive the application within 1-2 business days. You must add all the informaion on the payment screen to ensure all applicants are able to sign the document.
Please read the following before continuing to the appplication
If Corporation or LLC, list the registered name of the Corporation or LLC and file number given by the Corporation Commission.
All individual applicants for licensure in Arizona are required to provide legal proof of citizenship or alien status. Please see the information on the following pages regarding the necessary proof required.
- All applicable blanks completed including
- Name as registered with the Secretary of State
- Address of salon and applicable information (suite number is mandatory)
- Salon history filled out if applicable (if location was previously a salon), include the signature of the previous owner or bill of sale or lease agreement
Keep the Blood Spill Procedures and Rules in your salon for reference.
Blood spill procedures and IFP guidelines
Only completed applications will be processed; a complete application includes all applicable supporting documents and fees. Failure to complete the
application may result in withdrawal of application.
1. A change in salon name, ownership, or location requires the submission of a new application with the appropriate fee ($110). FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
2. Salons must conform to all governmental requirements including zoning.
3. Ownership requires submittal of Federal Tax Identification number.
Owners must register salon name with the Secretary of State prior to submitting an application. If purchasing a salon and trade name from prior owner, list
information on the application.
R4-10-111. Display of Licenses and Signs
A. The name on an establishment's exterior sign, advertising, and publications shall be the same as the name on the establishment license issued by the Board. The establishment's exterior sign shall contain lettering at least 2 1/2 inches in height.
B. A school shall prominently post a class schedule that lists the names of instructors and classes. The school shall display the school and instructor licenses near the school entrance, visible to the public.
C. A salon shall prominently post the salon license and ensure that the personal license of each licensee performing services in the salon is posted at the licensee's station.
D. A licensee performing mobile services shall prominently display a duplicate personal and establishment license in the area where mobile services are provided. The licensee's original license shall be prominently displayed in the salon from which the licensee was dispatched in accordance with subsection (C).
E. A copy of R4-10-112 shall be prominently posted in each establishment.
F. A salon shall prominently post a notice of salon services that are not regulated by the Board and that are provided at the salon.
R4-10-112. Infection Control and Safety Standards
A. An establishment shall have and maintain the following minimum equipment and supplies:
- 1. Non-leaking, waste receptacles, which shall be emptied, cleaned, and disinfected daily;
- 2. Ventilated containers for soiled linens including towels and capes;
- 3. Closed, clean containers to hold clean linens including towels and capes;
- 4. A covered, wet disinfectant container made of stainless steel or a material recommended by the manufacturer of the wet disinfectant that:
a. Is large enough to contain sufficient disinfectant solution to allow for the total immersion of tools and instruments,
b. Is set up with disinfectant at all times the establishment is open, and
c. Is changed as determined by manufacturer’s instructions or when visibly cloudy or contaminated;
- 5. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- registered bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, and pseudomonacidal (formulated for hospitals) disinfectant which shall be mixed and used according to manufacturer’s directions on all tools, instruments, and equipment, except those that have come in contact with blood or other body fluids; and
- 6. An EPA-registered disinfectant that is effective against HIV-1 and Human Hepatitis B Virus or Tuberculocidal which shall be mixed and used according to the manufacturer’s directions on tools, instruments, and equipment that come in contact with blood or other body fluids.
B. Procedure for disinfecting non-electrical equipment.
- 1. Non-electrical equipment shall be disinfected by cleaning with soap or detergent and warm water, rinsing with clean water, and patting dry; and
- 2. Totally immersing in the wet disinfectant required under subsection (A)(5) or (A)(6) following manufacturer’s recommended directions.
C. Procedure for storage of tools and instruments.
- 1. A tool or implement that has been used on a client or soiled in any manner shall be placed in a properly labeled receptacle; and
- 2. A disinfected implement shall be stored in a disinfected, dry, covered container and isolated from contaminants.
D. Procedure for disinfecting electrical equipment, which shall be in good repair, before each use.
- 1. Remove all foreign matter;
- 2. Clean and spray or wipe with a disinfectant, compatible with electrical equipment, as required in subsection (A)(5) or (A)(6); and
- 3. Disinfect removable parts as described in subsection (B).
E. Tools, instruments and supplies.
- 1. All tools, instruments, or supplies that come into direct contact with a client and cannot be disinfected (for example, cotton pads, sponges, porous emery boards, and neck strips) shall be disposed of in a waste receptacle immediately after use;
- 2. Disinfected tools and instruments shall not be stored in a leather storage pouch;
- 3. A sharp cosmetology tool or implement that is to be disposed of shall be sealed in a rigid, puncture-proof container and disposed of in a manner that keeps licensees and clients safe;
- 4. An instrument or supply shall not be carried in or on a garment while practicing in the establishment;
- 5. Clips or other tools and instruments shall not be placed in mouths, pockets, or other unsanitized holders;
- 6. Pencil cosmetics shall be sharpened before each use;
- 7. All supplies, equipment, tools, and instruments shall be kept clean, disinfected, free from defects, and in good repair;
- 8. Cutting equipment shall be kept sharp; and
- 9. A client’s personal cosmetology tools and instruments that are brought into and used in the establishment shall comply with these rules.
F. If there is a blood spill or exposure to other body fluids during a service, licensees and students shall stop the service and:
- 1. Before returning to service, clean the wound with an antiseptic solution;
- 2. Cover the wound with a sterile bandage;
- 3. If the wound is on a licensee’s or student’s hand in an area that can be covered by a glove or finger cover, the licensee or student shall wear a clean, fluid-proof protective glove or finger cover. If the wound is on the client, the licensee or student providing service to the client shall wear gloves on both hands;
- 4. Blood-stained tissue or cotton or other bloodcontaminated material shall be placed in a sealed plastic bag and that plastic bag shall be placed into another plastic bag (double bagged), labeled with a red or orange biohazard warning, and discarded;
- 5. All equipment, tools, and instruments that have come in contact with blood or other body fluids shall be disinfected as discussed in subsections (A)(6) and (B); and
- 6. Electrical equipment shall be disinfected as discussed in subsection (D).
*G All circulating and non-circulating tubs or spas shall be cleaned as follows using the disinfectant in subsection (A)(5) or (6):
- 1. After each client or service, complete all of the following:
a. Drain the tub;
b. Clean the tub according to manufacturer’s instructions, taking special care to remove all film, especially at the water line;
c. Rinse the tub;
d. Fill the tub with water and disinfectant as in subsection (A)(5) or (6); and
e. Allow the disinfectant to stand for noncirculating tubs or to circulate for circulating tubs for the time specified in manufacturer’s instructions.
- 2. At the end of the day, complete all of the following:
a. Remove all filters, screens, drains, jets, and other removable parts;
b. Scrub with a brush and soap or detergent until free from debris;
d. Completely immerse in the solution described in subsection (A)(5);
f. Air dry; and g. Replace the disinfected parts in the tubs or store in a disinfected, dry, covered container.
H. Personal cleanliness.
- 1. A licensee or student shall thoroughly wash his or her hands with soap and warm water or any equally effective cleansing agent immediately before providing services to each client, before checking a student’s work on a client, or after smoking, eating, or using the rest room;
- 2. A licensee or student shall wear clothing and shoes;
- 3. A client's skin upon which services will be performed shall be washed with soap and warm water or wiped with disinfectant or waterless hand cleanser approved for use on skin before a nail technology service, including a pedicure service, is provided; and
- 4. A licensee or student shall wear clean, fluid-proof protective gloves while performing any service if any bodily discharge is present from the licensee, student, or client or if any discharge is likely to occur from the client because of services being performed.
I. Disease and infestation.
- 1. A licensee or student who has a contagious disease, shall not perform services on a client until the licensee or student takes medically approved measures to prevent transmission of the disease; and
- 2. Services shall not be performed on an individual who has a contagious disease that may be transmitted by the performing of the services on the individual.
J. Client protection.
- 1. A client's clothing shall be protected from direct contact with shampoo bowls or headrests by the use of clean linens, capes, robes, or protective neck strips;
- 2. Infection control shall be maintained and services shall be performed safely to protect the licensee or student and client;
- 3. Double bracing shall be used around a client's eyes, ears, lips, fingers, and toes; and
- 4. A client shall receive a pre- and post-analysis that includes appropriate instructions for followup.
K. Care and storage of linens including towels, robes, and capes.
- 1. Clean linens shall be provided for each client and laundered after each use;
- 2. Soiled linens shall be stored in a ventilated receptacle;
- 3. Laundering shall include disinfecting linens by using detergent and bleach; and
- 4. Clean linens shall be stored in closed containers or closets.
L. Care and storage of products including liquids, creams, powders, cosmetics, chemicals, and disinfectants.
- 1. All products shall be stored in a container that is clean and free of corrosion and labeled to identify contents, in compliance with state and local laws and manufacturer’s instruction;
- 2. All products containing poisonous substances shall be distinctly marked;
- 3. When only a portion of a cosmetic product is to be used, the portion shall be removed from the container in a way that does not contaminate the remaining product; and
- 4. Once dispensed, a product shall not be returned to the original container.
M. Prohibited hazardous substances and use of products.
- 1. An establishment shall not have on the premises cosmetic products containing hazardous substances banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cosmetic products, including liquid methyl methacrylate monomer and methylene chloride; and
- 2. Product shall be used only in a manner approved by the FDA.
N. Care of headrests, shampoo bowls, and treatment tables.
- 1. Headrests of chairs and treatment tables shall be disinfected at least daily and treatment tables covered with a clean linen or paper sheet for each client;
- 2. Shampoo bowls and neck rests shall be cleansed with soap and warm water or other detergent after each use and kept in good repair; and
- 3. Shampoo neck rests shall be disinfected with a solution described in subsection (A)(5) or (A)(6) before each use.
O. Prohibited devices, tools, or chemicals; invasive procedures.
- 1. Except as provided in this subsection and subsection (O)(2), all of the following devices, tools, or chemicals are prohibited from being present in or used in a salon:
a. A devise, tool, or chemical that is designed or used to pierce the dermis; and
b. A low-frequency, or low-power ultrasonic, or sonic device except one intended for skin cleansing, exfoliating, or product application.
- 2. A salon or licensee that provides an invasive procedure, using a device, tool, or chemical described in subsection (O)(1), that is otherwise allowed under Arizona law shall ensure that the performance of the procedure complies with statutes and rules governing the procedure, training, or supervision as required by the relevant, regulatory authorities.
P. Skin peeling.
- 1. Except as provided in subsections (O)(1) and (O)(2), only the non-living, uppermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis, may be removed by any method or means and only for the purpose of beautification;
- 2. A skin removal technique or practice that affects the dermal layer of the skin is prohibited;
- 3. Skin removal products shall not be mixed or combined except as required by manufacturer instructions and approved by the FDA; and
- 4. Only commercially available products for the removal of epidermis for the purpose of beautification shall be used.
Q. Restricted use tools and instruments.
- 1. Nippers shall be used only to remove loose cuticles; and
- 2. Pre-sterilized, disposal lancets shall be used only to dilate follicles and release sebaceous debris from the follicle.
R. Cleanliness and repair of the establishment shall be maintained according to the following guidelines.
- 1. After each client, hair and nail clippings shall immediately be discarded;
- 2. All areas of the establishment, including storerooms and passageways, shall be well lighted, ventilated, and free from infectious agents;
- 3. Floors, walls, woodwork, ceilings, furniture, furnishings, and fixtures shall be clean and in good repair;
- 4. Shampoo bowls shall be clean and disinfected by using a disinfectant discussed in subsection (A)(5) or (A)(6) and drains shall be free running;
- 5. Counters and all work areas shall be disinfected after each client by using a disinfectant discussed in subsection (A)(5) or(A)(6); and
- 6. Waste or refuse shall be removed timely so there is no accumulation.
S. Building standards.
- 1. There shall be a direct entrance from the outside, not through living quarters, into the establishment;
- 2. If connected to a residence, all passageways between the living quarters and the establishment shall have a door that remains closed during business hours;
- 3. The establishment shall not be used for residential or other living purposes;
- 4. The establishment shall have a restroom for employees’ and clients’ use during business hours that has a wash basin, running water, liquid soap, and disposable towels; is kept clean and sanitary at all times; is in close enough proximity to the salon to ensure safety for cosmetology procedures during use; and is open and available for use by employees and clients of the salon;
- 5. Any excess material stored in a restroom shall be in a locked cabinet;
- 6. The establishment shall have hot and cold running water;
- 7. A mobile unit shall have sufficient water at all times; and
- 8. The establishment shall have natural or mechanical ventilation and air filtration system that provides free flow of air to each room, prevents the build-up of emissions and particulates, keeps odors and diffusions from chemicals and solutions at a safe level, and provides sufficient air circulation and oxygen.
T. General requirements.
- 1. The establishment shall have a first-aid kit that contains, at a minimum, small bandages, gauze, antiseptic, and a blood-spill kit that contains disposable bags, gloves, and hazardous waste stickers;
- 2. No bird or animal, except fish aquariums and service animals, are allowed in the establishment; and
- 3. The establishment shall comply with federal and state requirements.
R4-10-401. Application for a Salon License
An applicant for a salon license shall submit:
- 1. An application on a form provided by the Board that contains:
a. The applicant’s name, address, telephone number, federal tax identification number, and signature;
b. If the applicant is a partnership, each partner’s name, address, and an identification of whether each is a limited or general partner;
c. If a corporation, the state of incorporation and the name, title, and address of each officer of the corporation and the statutory agent;
d. The name of the salon as registered with the
Secretary of State;
e. If a location change, the previous address;
f. A history of the salon including:
i. If the location was previously licensed by the Board, the name of the previous establishment;
ii. The name of each business operating at the salon address; and
iii. A statement of whether a cosmetology license of the applicant, any partner of the applicant, or any corporate officer has ever been suspended or revoked by any state or foreign country.
- 2. If a corporation, the articles of incorporation and a Certificate of Good Standing from the Corporation Commission;
- 3. If a partnership, a copy of the partnership agreement;
- 4. A signed statement that the establishment is in compliance with all Board statutes and rules and has all of the following in the salon:
a. Wet disinfectant;
b. A dry, closed, disinfected container to store disinfected tools and instruments;
c. A sink or shampoo bowl with hot and cold running water that is not also used as a dispensary or restroom sink as required by R4-10-403;
d. A station;
e. A restroom; and
f. Notice posted for activities performed in the salon but not regulated by the Board; and
- 5. The fee required in R4-10-102. R4-10-402. Changes Affecting a Salon License
- A. An owner shall apply for a new salon license when:
1. The salon address changes;
2. The name of a salon changes;
3. The controlling ownership in the corporation is transferred or the corporation is reorganized; or
4. The corporation, limited liability company, or partnership has a change of any corporate officer, partner, or statutory agent.
B. The salon owner and manager shall ensure that a Boardissued license, indicating proper ownership, is posted in the salon before opening for business.
R4-10-403. Salon Requirements and Minimum Equipment
- A. A salon shall perform services for the public according to the type of license issued.
- B. Salons shall have enough equipment, materials, supplies, tools, and instruments to ensure infection control and safety for the public and employees.
- C. A salon shall ensure the salon has:
1. No change
2. If the salon is a cosmetology or hairstyling salon, at least one shampoo bowl and one hair dryer, which may be a blow dryer; and
3. If the salon is an aesthetics or nail technology salon, at least one sink in addition to the restroom and dispensary sinks.
- D. A salon shall ensure aestheticians, cosmetologists, hairstylists, and nail technicians have enough equipment, materials, supplies, tools, and instruments to provide services, control infection, and disinfect between clients
R4-10-404. Mobile Services
- A. If mobile services are provided as an extension of a licensed salon the mobile service shall advertise using the licensed name of the salon. The licensed salon owner and manager shall ensure that the mobile services comply with the Board’s statutes and rules.
1. A salon providing mobile cosmetology, hairstyling, nail technology, or aesthetics services shall ensure licenses are posted as required under R4-10-111.
2. A salon shall make client appointments through the licensed salon using an appointment book that lists the appointments and locations where services are performed.
3. Mobile services are subject to inspection by the Board at any time.
4. If a retrofitted mobile vehicle is used to provide mobile services, the salon owner and manager shall ensure that the vehicle has the same equipment as specified by R4- 10-403 and complies with safety and infection control requirements specified by R4-10-112.
- 5. If mobile services are provided in a location other than a retrofitted mobile vehicle, the salon owner and manager shall ensure that equipment is disinfected before use and stored as specified in R4-10-112.
B. If a retrofitted motor vehicle is used exclusively as a mobile facility that is dispatched from a business address, the owner and manager of the mobile facility shall:
1. Comply with all salon requirements;
2. Comply with all infection control and equipment requirements;
3. Maintain a complete and current list of appointment locations at the business address and display the list in a location listed on the salon application that is available to an inspector at all times when the retrofitted motor vehicle is open for business; and
4. Comply with other statutes and rules of the Board.
R4-10-405. Shampoo Assistants
- A. People who are not licensed by the Board may be hired as shampoo assistants to shampoo and apply cream rinse to an individual’s hair, comb the hair to remove tangles, and remove rollers and clippies.
- B. Shampoo assistants shall not apply conditioners, reconstructors, hair color, permanent wave solution or neutralizer, or remove rods, tint, relaxers, or other
- solutions from the hair.