Establishment and operation of a nail salon
Interior construction
Conclusion of a construction contract
- The assignment of the construction to an interior designer constitutes a work contract under which a contractor agrees to perform the interior construction and a nail beautician agrees to pay remuneration for the result of such work (Article 664 of the Civil Act).
Precautions to take for the interior construction

Checklist for the interior construction 

Has the construction of ceilings, walls, built-in furniture, counters, etc. been completed? 

Has the construction of beauty facilities been completed? 

Have sanitary facilities (water supply and drainage and toilet facilities) been inspected? 

Has the construction (piping and positioning) of the air-conditioning system been completed? 

Has connection to the gas pipe of city gas (Korea Gas Corporation) been completely installed? 

Is the capacity of electrical work (wiring and electric lights) sufficient? 

Are there any issues with waterproofing, plastering work, tiles, glass, wallpapers, curtains, and flooring work? 

Has signboard construction (external and internal notice boards, menu, etc.) been completed? 

Warranty for defects
- Where any defect is found in the completed subject matter of a work or in a certain part of the subject matter of a work which has been finished before the completion of all the work, the nail beautician who ordered the work may demand the contractor to repair and rectify such defect within a specified period. However, this shall not apply if excessive costs are required for correcting a minor defect (Article 667(1) of the Civil Act).
- A nail beautician who has ordered the work may claim compensation in lieu of, or together with, correction of the defect and in such case, he or she may refuse to make payment for the construction until the other party pays compensation for damages (Article 667(2) and Article 536(1) of the Civil Act).
※ Trade name
√ Anyone who wishes to run a nail salon may freely choose his/her name or other names as his/her trade name (Article 18 of the Commercial Act).
√ An act of causing confusion with another person's commercial facilities or activities by using marks (including the methods of the sales of goods or service provision and the overall appearance of the place where services are offered such as signboards, appearances, and interior decorations) identical or similar to, another person's name, trade name, or emblem, or any other mark indicating another person's business, which is widely known in the Republic of Korea or an act of inflicting damage to distinctiveness or reputation attached to another person's mark without good cause shall be deemed as an act of unfair competition, and the perpetrator may be held liable for damages and be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than three years or by a fine not exceeding KRW 30 million (Article 2 Subparagraph 1(b) and (c), Article 5, and Article 18(3) Subparagraph 1 of the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act).
※ Applications for the registration of a trade name is available at the Internet Registrar of the Supreme Court (www.iros.go.kr).