The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy will be holding a public hearing on April 23, 2015 in Raleigh to discuss its recent proposed amendments to the state’s massage regulations, including new rules which would create a mandatory state license requirement for massage establishments. Click here to read the proposed amendments posted on the Board’s website. Under the Board’s proposal, all massage and bodywork therapy establishments, meaning all premises on which massage and bodywork therapy is practiced, would be required to obtain a state-issued massage and bodywork therapy establishment license. This mandatory license would be in addition to the current individual therapist licensure requirement. Sole proprietors would be exempted from the establishment license requirement, although they would still need to hold an individual therapist license. An establishment license also would not be required for on-site massage performed at the location of the client, or for stand-alone devices, such as chairs, that are operated by the customer. Requirements for establishment licensure would include:
- $20 application fee plus $150 license fee (license fee waived if the applicant is currently a sole practitioner),
- Owner information, including name of owner and type of ownership,
- Proof of property damage and bodily injury liability insurance coverage,
- Criminal history background check,
- The establishment must employ only licensed therapists,
- The establishment must have restroom facilities, and
- The establishment must complete a self-evaluation inspection report showing compliance with the Board’s rules, which include detailed safety and sanitation rules.