Opening Your Salon Step Three: Obtaining Your Salon and Vendor's License

In Columbus, all salons are licensed by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology (OSBOC). You are not permitted to open your business until approved by a OSBOC inspector.

Thus, because it takes about 30 days to process your application, it is strongly encouraged that you complete your Application for Salon Licensure as early as possible. If you have any questions, contact the OSBOC at (614) 466-3834. 

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!