Opening a Fitness Club

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authorities listed below.

No specific qualification is required and you do not need to apply for a licence to operate a fitness club in this country, however additional services such as sunbeds and supplements are regulated. Detailed below is an overview of the administrative procedures involved for a business intending to establish a fitness club in Ireland, and aiming to provide the following additional regulated services:

  • Sunbed and beauty treatments
  • Selling nutritional supplements, beverages and cosmetic products

Procedures required for staff specialising in fitness training, beauty and sun bed treatments

To provide services specialising in fitness training, beauty and sun bed treatments, it is advisable that staff have completed a recognised course of study and training in order to carry out this work.

If the persons working at a fitness club are self-employed, it would be important to be aware of the procedures required for working as a self-employed person in Ireland.

Guidelines on the safe management of a gym or fitness room can be found in the HSA’s, Safe Hospitality guide (section 5.4).

Procedures required when providing sun bed treatments in a business premises

The use of sunbeds in Ireland is regulated under The Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014, (No. 12 of 2014) through the Department of Health.

Business owners are required to be aware of the relevant provisions within the Act and are required to notify the Health Service Executive when providing the use of a sunbed or when selling/hiring sunbeds. This notification process can be done through the online portal system.

Please find links to relevant information on the procedures required.

Selling cosmetic products

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is the competent authority for the regulation of cosmetic products in Ireland.
Their aim is to ensure all cosmetics on the Irish market are safe and compliant with legal requirements. They identify and address cosmetic product safety issues, in conjunction with the HSE, so that a cosmetic product will not compromise the health and safety of the consumer or the user of a product. We have further information listed on the selling cosmetics section of the website.

Selling nutritional supplements and beverages

Any food business that proposes to sell or distribute nutritional supplements and beverages is required to register their business with the relevant environmental health office of the HSE. Further information can be found with the Selling nutritional supplements and beverages section.

Further information

Becoming an employer / Hiring staff - Workplace Relations

Reps Ireland

Health and Safety Authority

Playing music in a business environment

Planning and Building requirements