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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

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Statute Text

Article - Business Occupations and Professions
(a)   Except as provided in §§ 5–302 and 5–303 of this title and subsection (b) of this section, a person may not practice cosmetology, provide esthetic services, provide hair services, or provide nail technician services in any place other than:
(1)   a beauty salon that holds a beauty salon permit; or
(2)   a barbershop that holds a barbershop permit issued under Title 4 of this article.
(b)    (1)   A licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, hairstylist, or nail technician may practice cosmetology and provide services in:
(i)   a facility in which beautification–oriented medical services, authorized by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, are provided;
(ii)   the residence of an individual confined to the residence by reason of a physical or mental infirmity;
(iii)   an assisted living facility as defined in § 19–1801 of the Health – General Article;
(iv)   a hospice facility defined in § 19–901(c) of the Health – General Article;
(v)   a nursing home as defined in § 19–1401(e) of the Health – General Article; or
(vi)   a hospital as defined in § 19–301 of the Health – General Article or a similar institution.
(2)   To practice in any of the locations specified in this subsection:
(i)   the licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, hairstylist, or nail technician shall be sponsored by a beauty salon in which the cosmetologist, esthetician, hairstylist, or nail technician is authorized to practice;
(ii)   the patron to whom the services are rendered shall be a customer of the beauty salon; and
(iii)   the services shall be rendered by appointment through the beauty salon.