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. 

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

Before you begin

Before you begin, look at our instructions about how to apply for a business license.


Report complaints to Minneapolis 311.

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

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