There are risks associated with overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and booths as there are with overexposure to sunlight. Tanning facility staff will advise you about the maximum exposure time for the particular device you will use, the operation of emergency shutoff controls, the requirement for protective eyewear, and the location of personal hygiene facilities. Tanning bed surfaces and protective eyewear must be sanitized between uses.
Additional information about indoor tanning can be found in the Indoor Tanning Brochure (PDF 3,612 KB).
Tanning facilities must only allow customers to tan only once within a 24 hour period. 64E-17.002(2)(m) F.A.C.
There are currently more than 900 tanning facilities with over 4,000 tanning devices that are licensed by Florida county health departments. County Health Departments inspect tanning facilities twice per year to verify their safe and sanitary operation.
Airbrush and Spray Tanning
The Florida Department of Health does not currently regulate airbrush or spray tanning operations.
The Florida Department of Health regulate tanning facilities that use tanning devices that emit electromagnetic radiation of wavelengths between 200 and 400 nanometers. There are many devices that are ultraviolet free, which are used to create the appearance of a tan. Currently the Department does not work with these types of products or devices. The most asked about products are airbrush tanning and spray-on tanning. These products use dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which interacts with the skin to produce a bronze color. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates and approves the chemicals used in alternative tanning methods. Aditional airbrush and spray tanning information can be found on the FDA website.
Florida tanning facility operation requirements are found in Chapter 64E-17, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)(41K PDF) and 381.89, Florida Statutes (F.S.). Federal performance requirements for ultraviolet (UV) light equipment are found in Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 1040.20. If you wish to open a tanning facility or add tanning devices to your current business, you must obtain an operational license. County health departments monitor facility's operation through regular inspections to assure that required sanitary standards are maintained. County health departments must inspect and approve facilities as a prerequisite to granting an operating license.
Apply for a License
Licenses for tanning facilities are issued by the Department of Health's county health departments. The first step to obtaining a tanning facilities license is to contact the Environmental Health section of the county in which the facility will be operating and consult with an Environmental Specialist. Once you have consulted with the Specialist, submit all of the necessary paperwork including a drawn plan of the facility, a completed license application (13K PDF), and operating and safety procedures to Environmental Health along with the required license fee. The fee is based on the number of tanning devices in your facility. The health department can help you calculate the correct fee for your facility. Tanning Facility licenses are renewed annually.
Provide the county health department with a plan of the tanning facility you intend to operate. The plan should show barrier walls or other devices that will shield the view of waiting customers and passersby from UV light. The plan should also include the location of restrooms. The plan does not have to be an architect or engineer drawing, however, the plan must be drawn to scale. See 64E-17.OO2, F.A.C.
TrainingAll owners/operators, managers and employees that assist customers or operate tanning devices must be trained. 64E-17.OO4, F.A.C.
The Florida Department of Health recognizes the following approved training courses:
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- American Tanning Institute
- International Smart Tan: 517-784-1772 or 800-652-3269;
- Marver Corporation, Inc.: (239)936-2232
- National Tanning Training Institute: (480)281-6747
- Regulatory Consultants Inc.: (800)533-9017
- Suntanning Association for Education: (800)536-8255
- Suntan Supply: (800)994-8484
- Tanning Dynamics: 888-826-7297
The following links are pdfs and open in a new window.
- Chapter 64E-17, F.A.C. (41K PDF) Florida tanning facility operation requirements
- Application for Tanning Facility License (13K PDF)
- Approved Tanning Facility Sanitizer Listing (43K PDF)
- Medications and Food that cause Photosensitivity (12K PDF)
- Tanning facility injury report (28K PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs; 48K PDF)
- Florida Tanning Facilities Listing Request Form (11K PDF)
381.89 F.S. (opens in new window), the Florida Statute regulating tanning facilities, Florida State Legislature Web Site.
21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 1040.20, (opens in new window) The US Federal Code specifying performance standards for sunlamp products and ultraviolet lamps for use in sunlamp products, US Government Printing Office Web Site.
The Department maintains inspection data for Tanning Facilities.
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