Board of Barber




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.


Barbershop closures


Effective Wednesday, March 25, at 5:00 PM, the governor has ordered the closure of all barbershops for 30 days. The governor encourages shops to close earlier, but the order is effective on Wednesday at 5:00 PM. Please note that this order is not from the board but rather from the governor.


Below is a list of known previous orders from local jurisdictions. Please note that these orders may remain in effect even after the governor's order expires.


  • Buncombe County barbershops. The supplemental declaration from the county commission refers to spas, and information on the county's website indicates that "spas" includes barbershops, even one-chair barbershops. If you're in Buncombe County and have questions about the applicability of this order to your barbershop, please contact the county.
  • Wake County barbershops. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8:00 AM. Business owners with questions may contact 919-856.7420.


You don't need to notify us if your shop closes temporarily due to pandemic concerns. If you are permanently closed, we ask that you notify us. But a notification isn't required.


Board employees are working remotely, but office is closed to public traffic


Wake County government has issued a stay-at-home order, effective March 27 at 5:00 PM. The board staff will be working remotely to make sure that we respond to your questions and to continue providing services. Please note the following:


  • Mail will be held securely at the State Mail Center until the office can reopen. At that time, we will process mail as quickly as possible. (If you mailed something that will be held at the State Mail Center and requires urgent attention, please send us an email at explaining the situation.
  • Online services, including applications and renewals, will remain available available.
  • We encourage you to contact us by email ( rather than phone for a faster response. Our staff will check messages, including voice mail, but email is the best method of contact.


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."


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.)


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:


  • Though the virus is dangerous and easily transmissible, it isn’t very hardy. Household or standard cleaning agents should be sufficient to kill the virus on surfaces. But make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for disinfection, including leaving the cleaning product on the surface for the required period of time before wiping it up. For a full list of disinfectants that can be used against the virus, please see follow this link from the Environmental Protection Agency. Please keep in mind that some chemicals may have health consequences for your clients, such as children with asthma, so please be attentive to the manufacturer's guidance.
  • Please make sure you are using EPA-registered disinfecting agents for your tools and clippers and that you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • With few exceptions, barbershops must have a sink with running hot and cold water within seven unobstructed feet of the barber chair. The purpose of this requirement is to promote frequent handwashing. Please make sure you wash your hands before and after providing services to each client – both for your protection and theirs – and that you clean all surfaces that you and clients regularly touch between services.
  • Wash you hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. We strongly encourage you to follow the steps outlined by the World Health Organization to properly clean your hands and kill the virus. Click here for a 90-second video demonstration.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Consider making a list of surfaces (counters, handles, clipper handles, chairs, armrests, etc) that need to be disinfected regularly so that you don’t miss any areas.
  • To the degree possible, practice social distancing. Try to avoid having individuals congregating in close proximity in waiting rooms or shared areas.
  • Don’t provide services to individuals who have an infectious disease that you could spread to other clients or loved ones. Encourage you clients to stay at home if they’re sick, and encourage your employees to do the same.




As a reminder, you must renew your permit or license by May 31, 2020. Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to waive or extend this deadline because it's in statute. Although we are working hard to make sure there isn't any disruption in our operations, staff absences due to illness could cause a delay in our response time. Therefore, we strongly urge you to renew your license as soon as possible.




The board has canceled the April and May 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.


New barbershops


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.




  • During any emergency, cybersecurity is a concern. Be cautious with your bank and personal information.
  • The board will never ask you through email to reset passwords, provide sensitive information (such as a social security number), or click a link to pay.
  • Make sure that when you renew your license or pay for board services, you are only on the board’s website domain ( or our licensing vendor’s domain ( If you’re not sure, please feel free to contact us at




  • If you have questions that are specifically about barber regulations and their relationship to COVID-19, please see our contact page for information on how to reach us.
  • If you have questions about COVID-19 that aren't specifically about barber regulations, please see the NCDHHS website.




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North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners

7001 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-7000

(919) 814-0640