Ordinance Regulating Massage Establishments Approved
Fresno County Board of Supervisors approves ordinance regulating massage establishments
FRESNO, CA., Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has approved an amendment to the County Ordinance Code, providing for the regulation and enforcement of massage establishments within County boundaries. Addition of this amendment aims to protect public health, safety and welfare by providing orderly regulation of businesses that lawfully provide massage therapy services, and discourage illegal activities carried out under the guise of massage therapy.
“This is a necessary step to help ensure that our communities, residents and businesses are protected against criminal activity,” says District 4 Supervisor and Board Chairman, Buddy Mendes. “The safety of our County is always the top priority, and this action gives our Deputies and departments the tools they need to keep crime out.”
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with other County departments, developed the proposed regulations and a permitting process for massage businesses located in the unincorporated areas of the County. The ordinance will be used in coordination with local municipal jurisdictions who already have a permitting and enforcement process in place.
“Aligning our regulations with those enacted by the cities enables us to provide consistent enforcement throughout all areas of the County,” says Fresno County Sheriff, Margaret Mims. “This ordinance is critical to protecting the County from those seeking out unregulated areas in which to exploit others and engage in criminal activity.“
The adopted ordinance includes the following:
- Requires that a massage establishment premises must conform to all land use and zoning requirements.
- Establishes a permit process, requiring lists of all massage therapists, and each therapist’s state certification, and requires background checks of the business owners.
- Establishes an appeal process for permits that have been denied, or that have been revoked.
- Establishes operating requirements for massage establishments, including written lists of services available, display of massage therapist certifications, maintenance of records of services provided, prohibitions on drugs or alcohol at massage establishments, massage conduct requirements, lighting requirements, sanitation requirements, and hour of operation limitations.
- Establishes that investigating officials of the County and the State have the right to inspect massage establishments.
- Establishes regulations for massage therapists performing out call massage services (providing massage services for compensation at a location other than at a permitted massage establishment).
- Establishes a permit suspension and revocation process.
- Establishes criminal and administrative penalties for violations of the ordinance.