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

 

Procedures required for staff specialising in fitness training, beauty and sun bed treatments 
Procedures required when providing sun bed treatments in a business premises
Selling cosmetic products
Selling nutritional supplements
Permission to play music in a business premises
Employments Rights
Planning and Building requirements
Further information

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 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.

Becoming self-employed

Procedures required when providing sun bed treatments in a business premises

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 Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014, (No. 12 of 2014) was signed into law on 24 June 2014. The legislation is being commenced on a phased basis as set out in the Department of Health's webpage - see link below.

Business owners are required to be aware of the relevant provisions in the Act, when providing the use of a sunbed in a sunbed premises or when selling or hiring sunbeds.

Please find links to relevant information on the procedures required.

Selling cosmetic products

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.

Selling cosmetic products in Ireland.

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.

Please find link to relevant information on the procedures required.

Selling nutritional supplements and beverages

 

Permission to play music in a business premises

You may wish to play music in your fitness club.

Please find link below to relevant information on the procedures required for playing music in a business premises.

Playing music in a business premises

Employments Rights

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.

Employment rights

Planning and Building requirements

Please find link to relevant information on the procedures required for opening a fitness club.

Planning and Building requirements

Further information
  • Please find relevant link to additional information for doing business in Ireland on the Business Life Cycle Table (e.g. taxation, health and safety).