Tanning businesses

We explain requirements for tanning businesses in Minneapolis.


Tanning businesses provide rooms or booths that have ultraviolet or similar lamps. The lamps are intended for the radiation of any part of the body for cosmetic or non-medical purposes. 

Before you begin

Look at our information about:

License application

In Minneapolis, tanning businesses must be licensed. Before operating a tanning business, the owner or operator must apply for a business license.

Sun Tanning Facility

How to submit application

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services:

  • By email
  • By U.S. mail
  • In person

Contact 311 or Business Licenses if you have questions.


Report complaints about a body art business

Complaints such as:

  • Concerns of unsanitary appearance
  • Other conditions which may be a substantial hazard to public health


Tanning businesses are inspected yearly.

Read Minneapolis Ordinance Chapter 232: Suntanning Facilities


Information on this page should be considered guidelines. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Minneapolis, MN 55415


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