§ 29.1.


For the purposes of this Article:

“CAMTC” means the California Massage Therapy Council as defined in the California Business and Professions Code § 4600(e), or any successor agency.

“City” means the City and County of San Francisco.

“Convicted” means having pled guilty or having received a verdict of guilty, including a verdict following a plea of nolo contendere, to a crime.

“Director” means the Director of Public Health or any individual designated by the Director to act on his or her behalf.

“Massage” means any method of pressure on or friction against, or stroking, kneading, rubbing, tapping, pounding, vibrating, or stimulating of the external soft pads of the body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical electrical apparatus or appliances, with or without such supplementary aids as rubbing alcohol, liniments, antiseptics, oils, powder, lotions, ointments, or other similar preparations.

“Massage establishment” means a fixed place of business where more than one person engages in or carries on, or permits to be engaged in or carried on, the practice of massage.

“Massage practitioner” means any individual who, for any monetary consideration whatsoever, engages in the practice of massage. “Massage practitioner” shall include both general massage practitioners and advanced massage practitioners, as provided in Section 29.2.

“Non-profit organization” means any fraternal, charitable, religious, benevolent, or any other nonprofit organization having a regular membership association primarily for mutual social, mental, political, and civic welfare, to which admission is limited to the members and guests and revenue accruing therefrom to be used exclusively for the benevolent purposes of said organization and which organization or agency is exempt from taxation, under the Internal Revenue Laws of the United States as a bona fide fraternal, charitable, religious, benevolent, or non-profit organization.

“Outcall massage service” means any business, not permitted as a massage establishment or solo practitioner massage establishment under the provisions of this Article, wherein the primary function of such business is to engage in or carry on massage not at a fixed location but at a location designated by the client or customer.

“Permittee” means the owner, proprietor, manager, or operator of a massage establishment, outcall massage service, or solo practitioner massage establishment.

“Person” means any individual, partnership, firm, association, joint stock company, corporation, or combination of individuals of whatever form or character.

“Recognized school for massage” means any school or institution of learning which teaches the theory, ethics, practice, profession, and work of massage, which requires a resident course of study of not less than 100 hours to be completed before the student shall be furnished with a diploma or certificate of graduation, and which has been approved pursuant to California Education Code Sections 94301 et seq., or, if said school or institution is not located in California, has complied with standards commensurate with those required in said Sections 94301 et seq. and has obtained certification under any similar state approval program, if such exists.

“Solo practitioner massage establishment” means a fixed place of business where a person holding an advanced massage practitioner permit engages in or carries on, or permits to be engaged in or carried on, the practice of massage. Said fixed place of business may be shared by two to four advanced massage practitioners, or two to four advanced massage practitioners and one or more health or healing arts practitioners, except as otherwise provided pursuant to Section 29.14(e).


(Added as Sec. 1900 by Ord. 269-03, File No. 030995, App. 12/5/2003; redesignated and amended by Ord. 262-13, File No. 130400, App. 11/27/2013, Eff. 12/27/2013)


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