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With more people concerned about the harmful effects of tanning in the sun, the indoor tanning business has seen a steady rise. If you start a business that includes a tanning facility, you will first need to get a tanning license.

Who Needs a Tanning Facility License?

A business owner who plans to operate a tanning salon, health club, apartment or condominium complex that includes one or more tanning bed needs to have a tanning license, in addition to other business licenses, permits & tax forms necessary to operate a business in their state.

Even if you don’t charge a fee for customers to use your tanning bed, you are required to have this health license. There are certain sanitary measures you must take to keep the beds clean and free of bacteria, and your city wants to ensure your facility is up to code.

Applying for a Tanning License

Once you’ve applied for any other types of business licenses you’re required to have, fill out your tanning facility license application. You will be required to provide information on:

  • The portion of your building you will use as a tanning facility
  • Type of business your tanning facility is operating with, such as a hair salon
  • The equipment you will use, including manufacturer's name, model number, type, year manufactured, number you will have on site

Your facility will be inspected by a business license professional who will ensure you are using the necessary sanitation processes to keep the machines clean. Expect subsequent visits, as the inspector will want to pop in periodically to make sure you’re continuing to keep the machines clean. This helps keep your customers safe from potential infections that can occur when you do not clean tanning beds in between uses.

You will be required to renew your tanning license annually and pay your renewal fee to keep your status up to date.