Tanning

Kentucky law requires that the Kentucky Department for Public Health and local health departments monitor tanning facilities. The law is designed to protect the public from exposure to ultraviolet rays, which can cause skin cancer, as well as to inform the public about the dangers of tanning.

Kentucky tanning facilities must comply with three requirements:

  • Parental consent: All children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when using a tanning bed. Children older than 14 but under age 18 must have written parental consent before using a tanning bed. Tanning salons are required to keep all consent forms on file.
  • Signs: All tanning salons must post a sign to inform consumers about the dangers of overexposure to tanning beds, the need for protective eyewear and potential reactions to the UV light from tanning beds.
  • Registration: All tanning salons must register with the local health department and pay a $20 permit fee each calendar year.

Monitoring in Northern Kentucky

The Health Department inspects all tanning salons in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties to ensure that they comply with the regulations. If you own a tanning salon and would like to register, please contact the Health Department or call 859-341-4151, or you can submit this form.

More information

Kentucky Department for Public Health

Kentucky regulations