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Tanning Bed Operators

Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013

The Act regulates the selling and marketing of tanning services and ultraviolet light treatments for tanning. It is illegal to sell, offer, advertise, or market tanning services to youth under age 18. The Act came into effect on May 1, 2014.

Businesses or individuals within the City of London and the County of Middlesex who sell or offer tanning bed services or treatments are required by law to notify the Middlesex-London Health Unit to register as a tanning bed operator. Additionally, a business license is required if your Tanning Bed business is located within the City of London.


Owner/Operator Responsibilities

Operators must be aware of their responsibilities under the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013:

  • Ask for identification
    Ask for identification from anyone who appears to be under the age of 25 years and ensure that no one under the age of 18 is offered or sold tanning services.
  • Provide written notice
    Provide written notice of the business name, address and telephone number to the Middlesex-London Health Unit, prior to offering services.
  • Cease all advertising and marketing
    Cease all advertising and marketing targeted to youth under 18 years old.
  • Post signs
    Post the required health warning and identification signs.
Under 18

Download our Tanning Bed Operator Compliance Information Session (PDF 706KB) presentation slides to learn more about your responsibilities as a Tanning Bed Operator.

  • Protective eyewear
    Require the use of protective eyewear and provide instructions on proper use.


If you have any questions, please contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

Date of creation: May 2, 2014
Last modified on: May 17, 2023