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Permit for your establishment

Outcall Massage Permit

Approved Schools

Program Contact

Phone: (415) 252-3800
Fax: (415) 252-3894

Please Note:

Fees are non-refundable

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 at:
DPH - Environmental Health.
Massage License Program,
1390 Market Street, Suite 210,
San Francisco, CA 94102
You must also notify the Tax Collector.

Massage Program



Obtaining a Permit for a General Massage Establishment or Sole Practitioner Massage Establishment.




Obtaining a Permit for Outcall Massage Service




The Massage Program regulates businesses operating massage establishments in San Francisco to ensure that they maintain a safe and sanitary environment.

Employees of establishments and/or sole practitioners must 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.



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.

Department of Building Inspection Massage Information Page

California Massage Therapy Council



Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding a massage establishment, you may report a complaint to the Environmental Health Branch by calling 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch