Roseville City Council approved an updated massage services ordinance

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

At their May 17 meeting, the Roseville City Council approved in a 3-0 vote the first reading of an update to the Roseville Municipal Code regulating massage services. 

The update brings Roseville's massage services regulations into alignment with state law, and changes the focus of the ordinance to regulating massage businesses, rather than individual massage therapists and practitioners. 

The purpose of the ordinance update is to support the beneficial practice of the healing art of massage, and to give the police department effective tools to combat illicit businesses.

Under the new ordinance, all massage service businesses, whether they're a sole owner/provider, an independent contractor or a larger business with employees, will be required to obtain a permit.  Individual  massage employees will no longer be required to obtain permits from the police department.  The business permits are good for two years, and the fees will remain the same as those currently charged to individual practitioners. 

The businesses, as the permit holders, will be responsible to ensure that all providers meet the minimum requirement of 125 hours of training from an accredited massage school.  CAMTC (state level) certification will not be required, as that certification is still voluntary at the state level.

The businesses will be held responsible to ensure that their operations meet all the health, safety and other requirements of the ordinance.

Sexually suggestive advertising of the business and/or its massage providers will be prohibited. 

Under the new ordinance, massage business permits can be suspended or revoked for certain serious violations, including sexual activity during a massage provided for compensation.  Permit holders with a revoked permit cannot reapply for another massage services permit for 12 months, and another massage service business cannot open in the same location for 12 months after the revocation.

The ordinance will be listed on the City Council agenda for second reading on June 7, and will go into effect 30 days later, on July 7. 

All massage businesses will be asked to submit applications for the new business permits within 60 days of the ordinance going into effect.  If a business owner already holds a valid City of Roseville permit as a massage practitioner, no fees will be due until the expiration date of their current permit.

The new massage ordinance can be viewed here.

The accompanying staff report can be viewed here