Opening Your Barber Shop Step Three: Obtaining Your Barber Shop and Vendor's Licenses

In Columbus, all barber shops are licensed by the Ohio Barber Board. Your application must be submitted to the Board at least 15 days prior to the date you open your business.

To obtain your Barber Shop License, please complete the application here. You will need your License # and those of any additional barbers with whom you will be partnering with or leasing chairs to. Also, the application has a diagram included where you will identify the location of all sinks and their relation to your chairs.

Acquiring Your Vendor's License:
Additionally, for tax purposes, you are required to obtain an ST-1 Vendor's License through the Ohio Department of Taxation. You can apply for your license at the Ohio Business Gateway.

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Ohio law requires any person or business making retail sales of tangible personal property or taxable services to register for a vendor's license. The state offers several different types of vendor's licenses, depending on your business type. Please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation website, listed below, for more information. You can do this at your final step(!)Registering Your Business with the Columbus Income Tax Division.

Last, you must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service. You can do so online at How to Apply for an EIN.

A note from your Small Business Concierge: Please note this page is currently a work in progress. As requirements change we will update the site. Therefore, if you identify any missing, inaccurate, or otherwise unnecessary information, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. I promise to promptly reply to you!