Council praised for sunbed bylaw
Auckland will be the first city in the country to license sunbeds and slap an age restriction on their use.
Auckland Council will require commercial sunbed businesses to comply with a new code of practice including restricting use to those 18 years and over.
The requirements are part of a new health and hygiene bylaw passed by the council last week.
Operators of other services that risk burning the skin, including laser and pulsed-light treatments, will also need licences to operate.
The Cancer Society praised the move. Auckland and Northland chief executive John Loof says the council is ‘‘leading the way’’.
‘‘Melanoma, the fourth most common cancer in New Zealand, is potentially preventable, because more than 90 per cent are caused by UV exposure from the sun and sunbeds. While we can’t control people’s sun exposure, we now can expect greater control over their use of sun beds.’’
Businesses that ‘‘risk breaking the skin’’ such as hair removal, manicure/pedicure and exfoliation – are also covered.