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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 Establishment & Sole Practitioner Massage Establishment Permit*

*You must have a Massage Practitioner License or CAMTC Certificate in order to obtain a Sole Practitioner Massage Establishment permit.

Step 1.

Bring the following items to the Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Section at 1390 Market St., Suite 210, San Francisco. Refer to the Fee Schedule in the Helpful Links for application and plan check fees.

  1. Completed Massage Establishment Application for a Permit to Operate (pdf)
  2. Letter of intent / business plan with description of services to be provided.
  3. List of massage practitioners
  4. List of names, residential addresses, phone numbers, and photo IDs of the people listed as business owner(s). Types of owners include the following:
    • Corporate officer’s, director’s and stockholders with > 10% of stock
    • Partners, including limited partners
    • Applicant and practitioners operating under the sole practitioner establishment permit
  5. List of previous massage establishment licenses held and if revoked, describe why.
  6. Completed Health permit application zoning referral (pdf)
  7. Completed Fire marshal application and inspection referral form (pdf)
  8. Original copy of your valid massage practitioner permit if you are applying for a Sole Practitioner Massage Establishment permit.
  9. Application fee for massage establishments, sole practitioner massage establisments, or outcall massage services. The check or money order can be made payable to SFDPH (San Francisco Department of Public Health). Bounced check fees are $50.00
  10. Deposit for plan check and hourly rated field consultation during construction is required. See 'Structural Requirements.'
  11. Affidavit (if accessory to massage) (pdf)
  12. Declaration of Healthy and Safe Working Conditions (pdf)
  13. A copy of the lease, rental agreement or, if the applicant owns the premises, a copy of the deed.
  14. Floor plan drawing with dimensions depicting rooms and equipment. Submit 2 sets of floor plans on 11 x 17" paper for brand new establishments only.

Step 2.

Submit Referral background check request form (pdf) to the San Francisco Police Department, other county law enforcement agency, or State certified, background check agency for all owners, partners, corporate officers, and stockholders with > 10% stock holdings.