S.C. Code Regs. 17-20 - Barbershop Requirements; Applications for Inspection and Registration and Shop License

A building that is to be used for a newly established barbershop or a shop reopening for business shall be separate and apart from any residence or building or room used for housing purposes. A newly established barbershop must comply with all applicable state, federal and local laws, regulations, ordinances and codes. There shall be at least 5 feet of space between each barber chair from center to center of each chair, and sufficient space from each chair to the wall of shop, front and rear to allow for the adequate and safe provision of services.

Each barber shall be provided with a cabinet, constructed of such material that it may be easily cleaned, consisting of adequate space for clean freshly laundered towels, and each barber shall be provided with an adequate container for discarding soiled towels; each barber chair shall be mechanically workable and have a good grade of upholstery which is unbroken, torn or ripped. Each shop shall have within said shop or building adequate toilet facilities; each shop shall have smooth finished walls ceiling and floor; be well lighted and ventilated; no exposed pipes; and a barbershop or a room to be used for a barbershop shall be separate and apart from any other room which is used for any other purpose by a substantial partition or wall of ceiling height separating such portion used for a barbershop. Barbershops shall have a working, easily accessible fire extinguisher.

All new shops opening, and any established barbershop moving to a new location shall be deemed a new shop, shall file an application for inspection and registration with the Board fifteen days prior to opening. No new shop shall be operated until all fees are paid and shop shall have passed inspection. Shop license shall not be transferable to a new owner or to a new location.

If a new or reopened shop meets the above requirements, a person who is the holder of a current certificate of registration as a registered barber may obtain an application for a shop license from the Inspector or write this office. All applications for shop license must be on file in the office of the State Board of Barber Examiners at least fifteen days prior to the date when a shop will be complete and ready for inspection.

The Board should be immediately notified should a shop not be ready for inspection by the date stated on the application.


S.C. Code Regs. 17-20
Amended by State Register Volume 41, Issue No. 05, eff. 5/26/2017; State Register Volume 46, Issue No. 05, eff. 5/27/2022.

Please notify this office immediately should this shop not be ready for inspection as stated on the application that same will be complete and ready for inspection in order to save additional expense.

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