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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.