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Forms & Applications

Fee Schedule of Licenses, Permits, Fines & Service Charges

San Francisco Health Code, Article 29

Related Documents

2013 Report on Licensing and Regulation of Massage Establishments in San Francisco

Massage Legislation Presentation

Massage License Exemption Memo (pdf)

Massage Program Rules & Regulations (pdf)

Massage Licensing Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Program Contact

Main Number: (415) 252-3882
Fax: (415) 252-3842

Please Note:

Bounced check fees are $50.00

We Do Not Accept Cash

Police Background check expires after three (3) months

You are responsible for paying your yearly license fee. If you have a change of address or wish to cancel your permit, you need to inform us in writing. Address to:
DPH- Environmental Health.
Massage License Program,
1390 Market Street, Suite 210,
San Francisco, CA 94102.

Massage Program

The Massage Program regulates businesses operating massage establishments in San Francisco to ensure that they maintain a safe and sanitary environment. Businesses that employ only practitioners certified by the California Massage Therapy Council are exempt from local permit requirements.

Employees of establishments and/or solo practitioners must be also be licensed by the Program as massage practitioners unless they are certified by the California Massage Therapy Council.

Principal Activities and Services

  • Permit and regulate massage establishments.
  • License massage practitioners that are not certified by the California Massage Therapy Council.
  • Conduct annual inspections of massage establishments.
  • Respond to citizen complaints regarding unsanitary conditions.
  • Review and approve plans for new construction or major remodeling.

Permits and Practitioner Licenses

Reporting Requirements

Establishments who employ only state certified practitioners are exempt from permit requirements. Operators of exempt establishments must fill out the Declaration of Exemption from Massage Permit Requirements Form and provide copies of the state certification for all practitioners. State certified massage practitioners are exempt from San Francisco practitioner license requirements.

Obtaining a Massage Practitioner License

Massage practitioners, except state certified practitioners and licensed healthcare practitioners, are required to obtain a permit from the Department of Public Health. Home-based massage practitioners must obtain a practitioner permit. Click on the type of permit(s) that you need and follow the instructions.

General and Advanced massage practitioner

Trainee practitioner

Obtaining a Massage Establishment Permit

Massage establishments, except massage establishments which employ or use only state certified practitioners or non-profit organizations, are required to obtain a license from the Department of Public Health. If your establishment does not meet exemption qualifications, click on the type of permit(s) that you need, and follow the instructions.

General massage establishment

Solo practitioner massage establishment

Outcall massage service

Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding a massage establishment, click here.

Related Agencies

Planning Department - Contact for more information if you wish to make a complaint regarding a home-based massage establishment. Call (415) 588-6377.

California Massage Therapy Council