Pennsylvania’s Salon Suite Statute – New Square Footage Requirements celebrated by IMAGE Studios

January 12, 2023

IMAGE Studios is excited to announce that on November 3, 2022, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 1287 (SB 1287) into law, which sets new regulations for the floor space of licensed salons in the state. According to the new law, a salon operated by one licensed cosmetologist must have a minimum working area of 120 square feet with a minimum width of 10 feet. Additionally, for each additional cosmetologist working in the salon, an additional 60 square feet of space is required.

Previously, a law passed on May 3, 1933, commonly referred to as the “Cosmetology Law,” had been in effect in Pennsylvania. This law mandated that salon facilities in the state must have a minimum of 180 square feet of space, with an additional 60 square feet required for each additional cosmetologist. These square footage requirements made it challenging for salon suites to operate in the state, as they had to be built larger than necessary, increasing the cost of opening new locations and meeting the surging demand for salon suites.

IMAGE Studios founder and CEO Jason Olsen said, “It’s exciting to see the great state of Philadelphia adopt more modern rules and regulations surrounding the salon suite industry after many years of hard work. We’re happy to celebrate all the hard work that went into this huge success. This will ultimately provide more affordable space to beauty professionals who are interested in opening their own salon safely and easily at a salon suite in Pennsylvania.”

In Philadelphia there are over 40 salon suite locations in operation that provide co-working suites to over 1,400 entrepreneurial beauty professionals. The most significant players in the industry include well known brands such as Sola, My Salon Suite, IMAGE Studios, and Phenix Salon Suites. 

IMAGE Studios has numerous locations currently in operation in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with plans to further develop locations in those two cities as well as in Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Allentown. Contact us today to find out what development opportunities are available near you.

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