The board is closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus and communicating with public-health authorities. We strongly urge you to review information about COVID-19 on the following websites:
If board regulations are creating a difficulty related to COVID-19, please contact us. We will review your concerns and determine what options exist. Our goal is to protect public health.
Barbershops reopening with restrictions
Effective May 22 at 5:00 PM, barbershops can reopen. However, there are some requirements they must meet, as explained in the documents below. It's important to note that the requirements are binding on barbershops, and you must follow the requirements.
License renewal deadline has been delayed to July 31
Last week, the General Assembly passed and Governor Cooper signed a bill to give state agencies authority to take certain limited actions to assist individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Based on that legislation, the board filed rules to delay the renewal deadline for licenses (barbershop, registered barber, apprentice barber, barber school, and barber instructor) from May 31 to July 31, 2020. The board took this action because it recognizes that licensees have been out of work for several weeks, and they may only come back to work just before the May 31 deadline.
There are a few things to keep in mind:
We appreciate the licensees who already renewed. Your license will still have the same expiration date as barbers who haven’t renewed, so you aren’t at any disadvantage because you renewed early.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the board office.
Board employees are working remotely, but office is closed to public traffic
The board staff will be primarily working remotely to make sure that illness doesn't jeopardize our ability to respond to your questions and to continue providing services. Please note the following:
How shops can control spread of the novel coronavirus
The board’s existing rules and statutes are designed to disinfection procedures. Please make sure you follow our regulations at all times to help control the spread of the virus. We also encourage you to consider the following when providing barber services:
Many barbers have asked about their eligibility for unemployment. Although the board doesn't administer unemployment, the Division of Economic Security and the Governor's Office have indicated that independent contractors and self-employed workers will be eligible for federal unemployment benefits beginning Friday, April 24. (They won't be eligible for state unemployment benefits at this time.) For more information, please go to the Division of Economic Security website.
Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. It's possible that barbershops and barber schools could qualify, depending on the circumstances.
For more information, please see Governor Cooper's press release. (Please note that the board is passing on this information as an aid to barbershops and schools. We won't be able to answer questions about whether your business will qualify, nor can we guarantee that shops or schools are going to be able to get assistance.)
Frequently asked questions
We have a page with questions we frequently receive from barbers and members of the public. You can see our FAQs by clicking here.
Emergency and temporary rulemaking (for schools)
The board has adopted emergency rules to assists schools with options for online education and to extend deadlines for reporting requirements. The rules will be in effect from March 27 to June 14, 2020, as long as there's a governor-declared state of emergency in effect. To see the rules, please click here.
The same rules have been proposed as temporary rules, with the opportunity for public comment until May 8, 2020. For more information on the rules and how to comment, please click here or see our News page under "Rulemaking."
The board has canceled the April, May, and June exams. A letter to all applicants is going out this week with information about why we're canceling them and how we're limiting any negative impact on applicants. You can read a copy of the letter by clicking here. Once we can begin scheduling exams again, we will schedule as many additional exam days as needed to eliminate any backlog.
If your license or temporary permit (permission to work) will expire as a result of the cancellation, please contact us and we can see what options exist for you.
If you're opening a new barbershop, we strongly recommend that you use our online application rather than a paper application. That option will limit any delay because of additional processing time, especially if our staff is limited due to illness. The application is available on our Forms page.
In addition, we have an option for shops to receive a consent order to operate while they're waiting for an inspection. This option helps us make sure that you can operate even if the inspector isn't available (possibly due to illness). If you need a consent order and have submitted an application, please contact us.