Starting a Tanning Salon

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Tanning salons provide UV tanning services, including vertical tanning booths and horizontal sunbeds, and most also offer spray tanning using a hand-held applicator or automatic spray tanning booth. Many salons sell tanning-related products and accessories, such as tan prolonger and tan accelerator, along with moisturising and exfoliating creams.

Tanning salons are typically based in traditional high street premises, or are located in beauty salons, health clubs, spas and hotels.

Tanning salons are subject to the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010, which applies in England and Wales and stipulates that it is an offence to allow anyone aged 17 or under to use a sunbed except in certain specific circumstances, such as for medical reasons. Equivalent regulations apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Some local authorities also impose licensing requirements on tanning salon proprietors and require them to hold a Massage and Special Treatments (MST) licence.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a tanning salon. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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