February 28, 2006
Eileen Shields, Public Information Officer,
Public Hearing on Changes to Massage Parlor Rules and Regulations
Owners and Practitioners Urged to Attend
San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Department of Public Health will
hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 23, 9:30 a.m., 101 Grove St.,
Room 300, on the proposed modifications and additions to the rules and
regulations for massage establishments and practitioners.
The public hearing is mandated by Section 1926 of Article 29 of the San
Francisco Health Code. All licensed practitioners, facilities owners and
outcall service providers are encouraged to attend.
The hearing will provide the opportunity for DPH staff to review the new
proposed rules and regulations with owners and practitioners and answer
Some of the new regulations include:
- Facilities must be equipped with massage tables. No beds permitted.
- Outside doors may be locked for security purposes. Inside doors
cannot be locked.
- A massage trainee practitioner’s permit will be issued for 90 days.
One 90-day renewal will be allowed.
- Chair massage therapists, previously not mentioned in the original
ordinance, will come under the new regulations.
The Department of Public Health has been regulating massage facilities
and therapists since July, 2004. This is the first set of changes to the
original regulations. The ordinance recognizes that massage is a healing
art and that regulation and enforcement of health and safety standards
for massage is most appropriately conducted by the Department of Public