Business Answers About Licensed Facilities


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Do I need a license to practice electrology?

A Department of Health and Human Services license is required for the practice of electrology.

How do I apply for a license to practice electrology?

You may download an application or call the Health Inspection Program's main line at 207-287-5671 for a hard copy. The application requires you to provide information about the applicant’s name, home and mailing address, copy of a certificate indicating satisfactory completion of a 600 hour course of instruction in a school of electrology and provides the department with a notarized copy of certificate of completion from that school of electrology, and a copy of a high school diploma or evidence of equivalent education. You must provide a copy of a water test if you use a well as a water supply and Appendix C in the application for the Onsite Wastewater Disposal System if you are not on a public sewer.

How soon can I open or how soon do I get my license after an application is submitted?

Once the district health inspector has given approval for you to operate your establishment, within 30 days of receipt of a complete application, if there are no outstanding issues, the Health Inspector will inform the Licensing Clerk to issue your license. This generally is within a week once the Health Inspector informs the Licensing Clerk.

How much does a license to practice electrology cost?

Please refer to the fee table located within the application.

What is the minimum age of the person receiving electrology services?

There are no minimum age requirements.

Are licenses transferable to other people?

No. Health Inspection Program licenses are not transferable between individuals.

Can I transfer my out-of-state license to Maine?

The Department of Health and Human Services accepts reciprocity of out-of-state licenses. You must provide the Department with evidence that you have at least 3 years experience as an electrologist, and notarized copies of the license or registration from the issuing state.

Do I need any special training or certification to practice electrology?

All persons licensed to practice electrology must have a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed a 600 hour course of instruction in electrology, and pass an inspection.

Who is my district health inspector?

You may call the Health Inspection Program main line at 207-287-5671 to find out who the inspector is for your town or on the website.

How do I request an inspection?

Once your application has been submitted, your district health inspector will be in contact with you to set up a pre-operational inspection.

If you need a routine inspection, you may contact the district health inspector directly.

How soon can I get an inspection?

This depends on the Health Inspectors schedule as inspections are prioritized. Once the Health Inspector has completed your inspection and given approval to operate, you may operate your establishment. You do not need to wait for the license as your inspection with the approval of the inspector is written on the report. You will generally receive your license within a week after approval. By statute the Health Inspection Program shall issue a license within 30 days of receipt of a complete application, if the establishment is found to comply with rules adopted by the Department.

Who do I speak with if I have technical questions about the requirements to practice electrology?

Your district health inspector can assist you with these questions. You may call the Health Inspection Program main line at 207-287-5671 to find out who the inspector is for your town, or  on the website.

What other requirements should I be aware of?

Other regulations which may affect operation of a body piercing facility include, but are not limited to, Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules; the Drinking Water Rules; and the Internal Plumbing Rules (PDF)Fire Marshall's Office. You should also check with your local municipal officials to see if there are local zoning issues or permits that you must obtain before operating your establishment.

Where can I find the electrology rules?

The Rules for the Practice of Electrology can be downloaded or we can mail you a hard copy. Download a copy of the Rules.

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