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.
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 services:
- Sunbed and beauty treatments
- Selling nutritional supplements, beverages and cosmetic products
To provide services specialising in fitness training, beauty and sun bed treatments, it would be 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.
Please find link below to general information on working as a self employed person in Ireland.
Guidelines on the safe management of a gym or fitness room can be found here, in section 5.4.
The following is provided for general information purposes only. Further information can be obtained by contacting the relevant competent authorities in the links below.
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 in 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.
The following is provided for general information purposes only. Further information can be obtained by contacting the relevant competent authority for the regulation of cosmetic products in Ireland, the Health Products Regulatory Authority.
Please find link to general information on the procedures required for retailers when selling cosmetic products in Ireland.
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.
Please find link to relevant information on the procedures required.
You may wish to play music in your fitness club.
- In this case copyright music use is licensed per the Irish Music Rights Organisation IMRO Leisure Centre/Gyms tariff (Tariff HLC), which can be accessed at https://www.imro.ie/duallicence/tariffs.php. the IMRO dual licence also includes payment due to Phonographic Performance Ireland.
Please find link below to relevant information on the procedures required for playing music in a business premises.
If employing staff in Ireland you will need to comply with the relevant employment legislation applicable.
The competent authority for providing information on employment rights is the Work Place Relations website.
Please find link to relevant information on employment rights in Ireland.
Please find link to relevant information on the procedures required for opening a fitness club.
- Please find relevant link to additional information for doing business in Ireland on the Business Life Cycle Table (e.g. taxation, health and safety).
- Please find relevant link to information on cross border services : hairdressing