Tanning Device Registration
To help prevent injury and skin cancer caused or promoted by ultraviolet radiation
emitted by tanning devices, the State of Wisconsin (through the Department of Health Services
[DHS]) regulates tanning devices. All persons who possess or
operate devices available to the public for the purposes of artificial light skin tanning
must obtain a permit from DHS. This includes devices in hotels, motels, fitness
centers and apartment or condominium complexes. Permits are not required by
individual home owners or phototherapy units in medical offices. Tanning Device
Permits obtained by DHS expire annually on June 30th. All permit holders are
required to inform the department of any change of the information given on the
application form, and no permit issued is transferable.
Wisconsin Tanning Device/Facility Statute and Administrative Code:
255.08 - Wisconsin Tanning Statute (once on this page, scroll down to the
specific 255.08 section on Tanning Facilities)
- DHS 161
Administrative Rules. www.legis.state.wi.us (PDF,
- DHS 161 Appendix A
: This is a table of skin types which is to be used by the operator to determine the
appropriate tanning times for each client. www.legis.state.wi.us
(PDF, 5 KB)
Instructions for Registering Tanning Devices:
To register tanning devices: Fill out the Application for
Registration of Tanning Beds - F-47337 (PDF,
and return with the $10.00 permit fee to the Wisconsin Department of Health
Services, Division of Public Health, Tanning Device Registration, Room B157, P.O. Box
2659, Madison, WI 53701-2659.
- Medications and Other Agents That Increase
Sensitivity to Light . This includes over-the-counter supplements which may
cause increased sensitivity. It is the operators responsibility, under the law, to
determine whether a client is taking medicine or supplements which may require alteration
of the tanning times.
- Management of Waste Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Bulbs.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the US EPA require that lamps used in
tanning beds, which may contain mercury, are disposed of in an approved manner.
- Warning Sign (PDF,
Wisconsin Statutes require that a warning sign appear in each area where each tanning
device is used and readable by the customer. The copy provided here in a PDF file
may be downloaded and printed. Tanning device operators may
copy and use this sign to meet that requirement. Do not reduce the
size of this sign beyond the regular 8 1/2 x 11" size.
- There is a new 10% federal excise tax on indoor Tanning services contained in the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR
3590). See the
IRS website for details. (exit
DHS) Taxes on Form 720 are to be sent to: Dept of the Treasury, IRS,
Cincinnati, OH 45999-0009.
William Balke, Tanning Supervisor
Sandra Anible, Tanning Program Assoc.
Division of Public Health
Radiation Protection Section
P.O. Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659
Fax: (608) 267-4799
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August 28, 2013