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Tanning

Environmental Health Services

Just like sunlight, tanning beds and booths can increase your risk of skin cancer, if exposure is not limited. Tanning facilities are not limited to traditional tanning salons. Fitness centers, apartment complexes, or any other facility that offers tanning to the public are required to obtain a Tanning Facility License. The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Environmental Health Services inspects tanning facilities in Brevard County twice per year to verify their safe and sanitary operation. Inspectors verify that exposure limits are enforced, equipment operates as designed, there is proper sanitation, and the facility is operated by staff that has completed an approved training course.

Tanning facility staff will advise you about the maximum exposure time for the particular equipment you will use, the operation of emergency shutoff controls, the requirements for protective eyewear, and the location of personal hygiene facilities. Tanning bed surfaces and reusable protective eyewear must be sanitized between uses.

Per Chapter 64E-17.002(2)(m), Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), tanning facilities are required to allow customers to tan only once within a 24 hour period.

It is important to note that certain medications, cosmetics, and foods are potential photosensitizing agents that may increase sensitivity to ultraviolet light that may result in phototoxic or photoallergic responses. Please review the Florida Department of Health indoor tanning facts brochure for more information on indoor tanning.

New tanning facility applicants must submit a completed application with the appropriate fee (call 321-633-2100 for fee information), a signed applicant statement, operating and safety procedures (example provided), a copy of liability insurance and limits (if the facility carries such insurance), proof of operator certification and a floor plan of the tanning facility (drawn to scale) with the following information:

  • Location of all tanning devices that emit electromagnetic radiation of wavelengths between 200 and 400 nanometers (include name, model number and serial number of device)
  • Location of protective partitions (permanent and portable)
  • Location of emergency shutoff control
  • Location of override timer control
  • Location of sanitary facilities

Tanning facilities should also be familiar with Title 21, Part 1040.20, Code of Federal Regulations, which provides information on sunlamp products and ultraviolet lamps intended for use in sunlamp products.

For more information on tanning facilities in the State of Florida, please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/tanning-facilities/index.html.