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All businesses that offer tanning facilities for the public in Martin County are required to obtain a permit and are inspected by the Florida Department of Health whether the tanning device is in a tanning salon, gym/fitness center or any other type of business.

All owners/operators, managers and employees that assist customers or operate tanning devices must be trained in accordance with Chapter 64E-17, F.A.C. Tanning facilities may not allow customers to tan more than once within a 24-hour period.

Because the use of indoor tanning devices can have serious health consequences, each client using a tanning device must sign a client registration acknowledging the dangers of the use of ultraviolet light and must agree to wear eye protection which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Minors under the age of 18 years must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian to use an indoor tanning device. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult in order to use a tanning device.

How do I apply for a permit to provide tanning services in Martin County?

Contact us at 772-221-4000, press option 5 and request to speak to an inspector who works in the Program.

Commonly asked questions about tanning:

Where can I find more information, including the laws governing tanning facilities in Florida?
Where can I find results of tanning establishment inspections?

The Department maintains inspection data for tanning facilites.

NOTE: The Florida Department of Health does NOT currently regulate airbrush or spray tanning operations.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. Information on airbrush and spray tanning can be found on the FDA website.