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Health Licensing Office

Health Licensing Office

The State of Oregon's Health Licensing Office (HLO), part of the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, is a central licensing and regulatory office that oversees multiple health and related professions. HLO protects the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers by ensuring only qualified applicants are authorized to practice. HLO reviews and approves applicant qualifications, conducts examinations, inspects thousands of licensed facilities and independent contractors, responds to and investigates consumer complaints, and disciplines licensees who are found in violation of state requirements.

To that end, HLO works with 14 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Boards & Professions

Advisory Council on Hearing Aids
Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board
Board of Athletic Trainers
Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians
Board of Cosmetology
Board of Denture Technology
Board of Direct Entry Midwifery
Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners
Board of Licensed Dietitians
Body piercers, specialty
Body piercers, standard
Earlobe-only piercers
Environmental Health Registration Board
Environmental health specialists
Hair designers
Music Therapy Program
Nail technologists
Natural hair care technicians
Nursing Home Administrators Board
Polysomnographic technologists
Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board
Respiratory therapists
Sex Offender Treatment Board
Tattoo artists
Waste water specialists

Latest News

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Comment period on electrology and tattoo rules runs Oct. 1-28

​​In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2013, creating the Board of Body Art Practitioners, now the Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners, under the Health Licensing Office to allow for regulation and oversight of body piercing, tattooing and electrology. After the bill was passed, a series of Oregon Administrative Rules were put in place to allow the HLO to administer the program, issue licenses, investigate complaints and inspect facilities. (Click headline to read more)

Comment period for proposed BARB rules opens Oct. 1

​​The Health Licensing Office has filed proposed administrative rules for the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board with the Secretary of State that will be published in the Oct. 1, 2016, edition of the Oregon Bulletin. You are invited to review these proposed rules and provide written comments from Oct. 1, 2016 to 11 a.m. Oct. 28, 2016. A public administrative rule hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 28, 2016, at the Health Licensing Office’s Rhoades Conference Room, 700 Summer St. NE Suite 320, Salem OR 97301. Administrative rules are scheduled to become permanent on Jan. 1, 2017. Submit all comments to Anne Thompson at anne.p.thompson@state.or.us or 700 Summer St. NE, Suite 320, Salem, OR 97301. Comments received before Oct. 1, 2016, or after 11 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2016, will not be considered.

HLO preparing to move in early 2017

​The Health Licensing Office is preparing to move into a new building early next year. We will remain in Salem, but we will be located on Tandem Avenue, off the Salem Parkway. The move is currently scheduled for early 2017 and will require us to be closed to the public for two or three days. As soon as we have more details, we will post them here, as well as on our HLO Facebook page and the Board of Cosmetology Facebook page. If you are planning to come to see us in the winter or spring for examinations, applications or renewals, be sure to check our website or our Facebook pages to confirm our address and that we will be open.

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