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.


Easing of certain restrictions (effective March 26, 2021, at 5 PM)


Effective May 26, 2021, at 5:00 PM, some restrictions on barbershop will be lifted. However, there are still some requirements barbers and barbershops must meet, as explained in the documents below. It's important to note that the requirements are binding on barbershops, and you must follow the requirements.


  • Requirements and recommendations : click here to review a list of things you must do, as well as recommendations. The requirements deal with topics such as:
    • Social distancing and minimizing exposure
    • Face coverings
    • Cleaning and hygiene
    • Monitoring for symptoms
    • Protecting vulnerable populations
    • Combatting misinformation
    • Water and ventilation systems
    • Resources
  • Executive order 204: click here for the executive order that establishes these requirements. Please note that the order discusses requirements for other types of businesses, as well.


Board office is closed to public traffic


The board office will be closed to the public, but the staff is still working. Please contact us for any assistance you need.


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.




Stay in Touch

North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners

7001 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-7000

(919) 814-0640