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Murrieta Massage Ordinance

Recently, Assembly Bill 1147 was signed by the Governor which revised several requirements for the licensing of massage therapists throughout the state.  The new law identifies the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) as the exclusive authority for the professional licensing and revocation of massage therapists.  The City of Murrieta retains the exclusive authority of permitting and revoking Massage Establishment Permits, where massage business may be located and where outcall massages are allowed within the city.  The owner of the Massage Establishment or designated (and permitted) Massage Manager must be on premises at all times during business hours pursuant to MMC Section 5.18.050 (d)(5)(e).  The City of Murrieta retains the exclusive authority of the permitting and revoking of all Massage Manager Permits.

This new state law became effective on January 1, 2015.  As a result of the new state law, on January 20, 2015, the Murrieta City Council amended the Murrieta Municipal Code, Chapter 5.18, Massage Establishments.  The amended ordinance became effective March 5, 2015.

All Massage Establishments are required to obtain and maintain a current City of Murrieta Business License.  The Business License covers the business and any actual, not contract employees.  CAMTC Certified Massage Therapists who are employed as independent contractors at an establishment are still required to obtain a City of Murrieta Business License.

All Massage Establishments shall maintain a current roster of all employees, including independent contractors who work at the establishment.  A list of the employees will be required at the time of business license renewal.  Please see sections 5.18.050 (D)(3) and (D)(8); and 5.18.060 (E) of the Murrieta Municipal Code.

All Massage Establishments which are located within a residence must also possess a valid City of Murrieta Home Occupation Permit as required in 5.18.050 (H).  Please contact the Planning Department at (951) 461-6061 if you have any questions about the permit.  You may also obtain an application online at WEBSITE.  Your Business License will not be renewed unless you possess a valid Home Occupation Permit.

Listed below is a spreadsheet of the requirements for each permittee or licensee and any fees associate with the new Massage Establishment ordinance.

Another change is MMC Section 5.18.030 (C) which now prohibits Freelance Massage.  The purpose for the change is to give preference to local businesses.  Outcall massage is allowed only if the massage therapist is affiliated with a permitted Murrieta Massage Establishment, either as an employee or private contractor.  Section 5.18.050 (G)(6) requires all appointments for outcall massages to be booked or arranged by the massage establishment, not the therapist directly.

If you currently possess a Business License and Massage Technician Permit with the City of Murrieta as a Freelance Massage Technician and are not affiliated with a Murrieta Massage Establishment your license will not be renewed pursuant to MMC Section 5.18.090 of the amended ordinance.

If you have a Massage Permit issued by the city and do not possess a license issued by the CAMTC, your Murrieta Massage Technician permit will expire on December 31, 2015.  Between now and this date, you must obtain a valid Massage Therapist License from the CAMTC in order not to be in violation of both state law and the Murrieta Municipal Code.  Information on the state certification process can be obtained from their website at

Lastly, attention must be brought to California Senate Bill 1193 which was signed by the Governor on September 24, 2012 and added section 52.6 of the California Civil code.  This state law addresses the problem and crime of Human Trafficking by requiring certain businesses to post a notice informing the public of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888 and the California Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) at (888) 539-2373 at certain businesses throughout the state.  Subsection 12 of this code specifically requires Massage Establishments to post the fliers in a conspicuous place at their business.

Lieutenant Mark Reid

(951) 461-6329

Click on the link to view the Murrieta Municipal Code and review the Massage Ordinance.