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.