Department of Business and Professional Regulation Sweeps Jacksonville Flea Market for Unlicensed Cosmetologists and Barbers

March 12, 2010

JACKSONVILLE—Yesterday, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, in partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, conducted an unlicensed cosmetology and barber sweep at the Norwood Flea Market in Jacksonville. Department investigators implemented the sweep after receiving numerous complaints about unlicensed activity at the market location. Investigators checked six licenses, issued two citations, one cease and desist and opened four cases against licensed establishments for hiring unlicensed professionals.

Hiring an unlicensed individual can threaten the financial and personal safety of consumers, as well as the livelihood of state-licensed professionals. Unlicensed individuals may not carry workers’ compensation or liability insurance, and consumers may end up paying for injuries on the job. Additionally, unlicensed individuals often underbid licensed professionals, which results in law-abiding professionals losing work to those who do not meet state licensure requirements.

“Consumers are our partners in combating unlicensed activity,” said Interim Secretary Liem. “I would like to thank those who called in these tips and encourage others to do the same.”

The department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit

Soreide Law Group represents cosmetologists and barbers in front of the Florida State Board of Cosmetology.  For more information regarding professional licensing law please visit our website at: or call our office and speak to an attorney at: (888)760-6552.