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How to Open a Beauty School in Texas

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Starting a beauty or cosmetology school in the state of Texas requires that you apply for a business license with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The application must be completed on single-sided 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper that must not be stapled. The application must be completed in black ink and payment for the application must be made by check or money order. The building that the school is housed in must meet minimum standards for size and equipment and classes must be taught by a license stylist.

Obtain a financial statement from a certified public accountant. You can use any certified accountant to prepare the document for you. The cost to obtain the documents will vary depending on the charges assessed by the accountant.

Obtain the floor plan for your location. You can create the floor plan yourself or have an interior designer create your floor plan. The floor plan must show at least 2,200 square feet of space for public beauty schools and 3,500 square feet of space for private schools. The building must also have an office, dispensary, locker room, classroom space and at least 1,200 square feet of laboratory space.

Complete the "Cosmetology School Permit" application. The application must be completed in black ink on standard printer paper. Submit all the required document along with your application including your floor plan, current inspections, course length, school curriculum and your financial statement. The fee for applying for a beauty school license is $700 as of 2011.

Prepare your school location for inspection. You must have your equipment set up and in working order prior to being inspected by the State of Texas Licensing and Regulation Department. You will receive a notification letter prior to your inspection date with the date and time that the inspector will be visiting your establishment. Once your application has been reviewed, and if your location meets all standards and requirements, you will be issued a license to open your beauty school.


Christell York has been writing professionally since 2008 for various websites and offline for "The Houston Press." She specializes in technical, automotive, travel, personal finance and food articles. York has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and is currently seeking an associate degree in baking and pastries at the Art Institute of Houston.

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