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The City is responsible for the orderly regulation of massage therapists, massage practitioners and massage establishments in the interest of public health, safety and welfare in San Carlos.


  1. If this is a new business in a new location, contact the Planning Division for zoning clearance for your business at or (650) 802-4263.
  2. If this is a new business in an existing location, go to step 3. 
  3. Download the Massage Therapy Information Packet that includes the application for Massage Therapy.  
  4. Calculate Your Fees Based on the Professions Category.
  5. Bring the completed application, items listed below and the fees in person to the Finance Counter at City Hall.
  6. Obtain a Live Scan background check through the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. 

Documents Required with New Applications and Annual Renewals

All of the items below are required for a complete application. Missing documents will delay your application.

  1. Massage business registration application (found in the Massage Registration Packet).
  2. Payment of fees.
  3. List of legal names, addresses and phone numbers of all owners, employees and independent contractors.
  4. Written description of all services to be provided.
  5. Copy of California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) certification of all owners, employees and independent contractors.
  6. Proof of application for Live Scan criminal history background check through the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office – required of all new applicant owners and employees.
  7. Copy of Driver License and/or California ID for all owners, employees and independent contractors.
  8. Copy of Proof of Insurance (No less than $1,000,000).

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