• 22 S. State St. Clearfield, UT 84015
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  • M-F 8am to 5pm

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Physical Address
22 South State Street
2nd Floor
Clearfield, Utah 84015

Mailing Address
Davis County Health Department
Environmental Health Services Division
P.O. Box 618
Farmington, Utah 84025

Phone Numbers
(801) 525-5100 :: Main
(801) 525-5119 :: Fax

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except county holidays)

How to obtain a Tanning Facility Permit?

All tanning facilities in Davis County must be permitted and inspected by the Health Department. A Tanning Facility Permit Application must be filled out and a pre-opening inspection made before opening. Facilities must meet the requirements listed in the Tanning Facility Regulation.

Are there any benefits to tanning?

There is little evidence in support of claims promoting tanning as a healthy behavior.  Excessive sun exposure and frequent tanning are cumulative over a individual’s lifetime and increase the risk of developing skin and eye cancers.


What can I do to protect myself in the sun?

Always make sure to apply sunscreen generously when out in the sun for extended periods of time.  Select a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 for minimum protection.  You should also make sure to wear UV-certified sunglasses and a hat that provides to cover for the face, neck, and ears.  When possible, wearing dark-colored, long-sleeved clothing is also another way to reduce your risk of skin damage.   Seek shade whenever possible and avoid being in direct sunlight between 10am-2pm.

Indoor Tanning

How often can I tan indoor and outdoor?

Although tanning indoors more than once within a 24-hour period is prohibited, the Health Department recommends waiting at least 48 hours until the next tanning session.  Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation should be avoided as much as possible.  Seeking shade, wearing sunglasses or hats, and applying sunscreen are effective ways of minimizing exposure to sunlight when outdoors for extended periods of time. 

What is sunless tanning?

Sunless tanning, also known as indoor tanning, is using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan.  Sunless tanning artificially creates UVB and UVA rays to tan the skin.

What are the health effects of sunless tanning?

Sunless tanning can cause skin cancer, including melanoma, allergic reactions, burns, suppression of the immune system, eye damage (including ocular cancers), premature skin aging and wrinkling. Sunless tanning may also exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions.

What conditions increase the hazards of sunless tanning?

Certain populations may be more vulnerable to the hazards of sunless tanning than others.  The following conditions may increase the risks associated with indoor tanning:

  • Those with fair complexions who burn easily
  • Those who frequently have cold sores
  • Those with chronic illnesses such as lupus and vitiligo
  • Those who have compromised immune systems, including children and the elderly
  • Those who are currently pregnant
  • Those who are taking photosynthesizing prescription drugs
  • Those who are taking birth control pills

Are there any safer alternatives to sunless tanning?

Tanning, whether by natural sunlight or through a tanning bed, is your body’s response to skin damage through excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Tanning in any form may increase your risk of developing skin and eye cancers. 

Safer alternatives include spray-on tanning booths and bronzing lotions and cosmetics.

Isn’t sunless tanning safer than tanning through natural sunlight?

Indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. Although tanning beds operate on a timer, the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can vary based on the age and type of light bulbs. You can still get a burn from tanning indoors, and even a tan indicates damage to your skin.  Further, the radiation from tanning lamps is often more direct and more concentrated than is natural sunlight.

I thought sunless tanning was a good way of getting vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important for bone health, but studies showing links between vitamin D and other health conditions are inconsistent. Although it is important to get enough vitamin D, the safest way is through diet or supplements. Tanning harms your skin, and the amount of time spent tanning to get enough vitamin D varies from person to person.

Can my son/daughter tan without parental consent in an indoor tanning facility?

According to the Davis County Tanning Regulations, it is unlawful for any operator to allow a person younger than 18 years of age to use a tanning device unless 1) the minor has a written order from a physician, 2) the minor’s parent or legal guardian appears in person at the tanning facility each time that the minor uses a tanning device, or 3) the minor’s parent or legal guardian signs a consent form that is signed and dated each time the minor uses a tanning device at the facility that includes information concerning the health risks associated with the use of a tanning device.

I want to open up a tanning business, what does the Health Department require to open a tanning business?

To legally operate a tanning facility in Davis County, a current permit must be obtained from the Health Department.  A separate permit is required for each tanning facility and must be displayed in an open public area of the facility.  The fee for each permit is $100.

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