Health Club Licensing
The Health Club industry is regulated by federal, state and local authorities throughout the country. Both state and local authorities have unique licensing laws and application requirements for this industry. Furthermore, given the nature of the health club industry, a number of other licensing requirements may apply, including a sales tax permit, a food license, or even a music license! LicenseLogix will help you make sure that you are operating in compliance with the law. We can provide comprehensive research on your health club licensing requirements and prepare error-free application packets, minimizing time-consuming and costly delays.
Federal, state, and local laws regarding the Health Club industry are primarily focused on consumer protection. As such, the Attorney General or Office of Consumer Protection generally issue licenses for this industry. Almost all Health Club license applications require a surety bond in order to secure any advance payments made by members under contract. In addition, applications often require additional items, including proof of insurance, sample membership contracts, financial statements, a site plan, or an inspection of the premises.
The majority of states issue Health Club licenses or registrations. However, in certain states, local health departments may require a license as well. While these applications can be relatively simple, many are just as arduous as state applications.
Ramifications of Non-Compliance
Health Clubs operating without a license or with an expired license may be subject to various penalties. Likewise, a health club selling membership contracts before opening is usually required to obtain a Pre-Opening Sales Permit or it may be subject to penalties as well. In August 2011, Maryland’s Attorney General began cracking down on unlicensed Health Clubs issuing multiple cease-and-desist orders and imposing civil fines.
How we help your business:
- We stay up-to-date with changing health club license requirements and forms so you can focus on the job at hand.
- We complete license applications efficiently and correctly, allowing your in-house staff to save valuable time struggling to obtain the proper licenses.
- Once your license has been issued, we ensure that you remain compliant with all health club licensing laws.
More Resources:- International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
- National Independent Health Club Association
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