Massage Therapy in California
Regulation of Massage Therapy in California
Most cities in California have their own laws and regulations on the practice of massage therapy. Here are the laws for a few select cities.
If you have a certification from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), you do not need to obtain additional massage certification for each city.1Massage Therapy Act, specifically Government Code section 51034 However, even if you are CAMTC certified, cities still may require you to get a special massage operator permit.
In order to use the titles of Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) or Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP) in California, you must have a CAMTC certification.2Business and Professions Code sections 4600 – 4621
Massage therapists who work for themselves also need to know about general business law.
A related page is Law on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
City of Los Angeles
To perform massage therapy services in the city of Los Angeles, you must have a certification from the California Massage Therapy Council, and comply with various rules.
See other professions at our Guide to Business & Professional Licenses.
The full text of the Los Angeles city ordinances on performing massage therapy is at Los Angeles Municipal Code Sections 103.205 and 103.205.1.
City of Santa Clara
City of San Jose
To perform massage therapy services in the city of Santa Clara, you must obtain a permit from the Chief of Police. See the full law at Section 6.44 of the City of San Jose Municipal Code.