Indoor Tanning Facilities Permitting

Effective August 16, 2018, Public Health Law prohibits persons under eighteen (18) years of age from using UV radiation devices.

On August 16, 2018, New York State Public Health Law, Article 35-A was amended to prohibit the use of a UV radiation device by a minor under eighteen years of age. The New York State Department of Health is currently updating Part 72, Subpart 72-1 to reflect this change. Until the regulation is updated, follow Part 72, Subpart 72-1 in conjunction with this new restriction in Public Health Law, Article 35-A. For more information, contact the State or Local Health Department designated as the Permit Issuing Official in your County.


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 prevent tanning access by minors.

Permit Requirements

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 16, 2018, New York State Public Health Law prohibits persons under eighteen (18) years of age from 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 Forms

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Contact Information

Questions related to obtaining a Permit to Operate a tanning facility should be directed to your County's Permit Issuing Official.