Barbershop, hair salon or nail salon
Get your license
Review the steps to receive and maintain a license.
You can find information from the City about:
Connect with a small business consultant
Building a relationship with a small business consultant can be a crucial step in your journey as an entrepreneur. The Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) is able to connect you to business training, support and advice for opening your business.
Get small business technical assistance
Understand the requirements
Barbershops, hair and nail salons are licensed by the State of Minnesota.
License for barbers, barbershops and barber schools
Cosmetology salon license
- You must have a cosmetologist salon license to offer hair services.
- If your business offers skin services or nail services but does not offer hair services, you must apply for one or both of these:
- Esthetician salon license
- Nail technician salon license
The state requires a salon to have a Designated Licensed Salon Manager (DLSM) on site.
Tasks to do before submitting your license application
You will need to gather many items before you are ready to complete your application with the state.
- Current professional liability insurance
- Worker’s compensation insurance
- Diagram of barbershop or salon floor plan
- Certificate of Occupancy from the City
Request Sewer Availability Charge (SAC)
You may have to pay a fee for the waste water from your business.
- Apply for your SAC fee early. This fee can be expensive.
- After you apply, the Met Council will send you a SAC determination letter in 10 to 15 days. This letter will tell you your SAC fee.
- Apply online for your SAC fee
Find out if you qualify for the City's SAC deferral program for small businesses.
Review and consider all requirements when starting your business.
Tell your new neighbors about your business
Contact your council member, neighborhood organization and business association for your business location to:
- Promote and create interest in your business
- Network with local residents and leaders
- Learn about resources they may offer small businesses
Send an email to your:
After you open
Find out what to do once your business is open and running.