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How to Open a Barbershop in Florida

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If you enjoy making people look good and like conversing all day with a diverse group of people, barbering may be the career for you. To open a barbershop in the state of Florida, you must hold a Florida barber's license. This requires 1,200 hours of approved barbering classes and an examination. Your barbershop must have at least one shampoo bowl with hot and cold water. Finally, the barbershop must be licensed and inspected by the state of Florida.

Obtain a barbershop license from the state of Florida. The first step in this process is to fill out the application, which is posted online at Click on "Apply For a License," located in the horizontal navigation bar near the top of the page. Click on the "Barbers" text link. Click on the "Barbershop License" text link. Click on "Apply Using Online Services," if you wish to apply online or click on "Apply Using a Printable Application" if you prefer to mail your application.

Pay the licensing fee of $130 when you file the application. Pay with a credit card if you are applying online, or a check or money order, payable to Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Complete and submit the Master Organization Application. This form can be found online at the website (see Resources).

Hang the license in a prominent location in the barbershop. You can open for business before the inspection.


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at,,, RE/,,, and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.

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