Tanning is a result of skin injury and damage. It is the response when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The skin produces extra pigment to protect itself against the UV radiation and this pigment makes the skin look darker. Exposure to UV radiation increases your health risks.
The purpose of the Tanning Facilities Program is to license (permit) and inspect commercial tanning facilities, as well as increase the public's knowledge of the hazards of indoor tanning, minimize user injuries and limit tanning access by minors.
For information on obtaining a Permit to Operate a tanning facility, contact the state or local health department currently designated as the Permit Issuing Official in your area.
Tanning Access by Minors
Effective August 15, 2012, New York State regulation prohibits persons under seventeen (17) years of age from using UV radiation devices. It requires that persons seventeen (17) years of age have a parent or legal guardian sign a consent form before using UV radiation devices. Persons eighteen (18) years of age or older must provide a driver's license or other photo identification, issued by a government entity or educational institution, before using UV radiation devices.
Required Information and Consent Forms
- Tanning Hazards Information Sheet
- Tanning Facility Statement of Acknowledgement Form
- Tanning Facility Parental Consent Form
- Warning Sign, available in both English and Spanish in Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Part 72, Subpart 72-1 Tanning Facilities
- 21 CFR 1040.20, Sunlamp products and ultraviolet lamps intended for use in sunlamp products
- United States Food and Drug Administration - Information about skin tanning, UV exposure and UV emitting products
- New York State Department of Health Information on Skin Cancer
Bureau of Community Environmental Health & Food Protection
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Albany, New York 12237