Massage Therapy Regulations

NOTE TO CONSUMERS: Every massage therapist working in the Town of Los Gatos must have either a valid and current California Certification or a valid and current permit from the Police Department. They must also each have a business license. If you use the services of a massage therapist in Town, including foot massage, please ask to see their state certification ID card or their Police Department Permit ID card before agreeing to a service. Please also look for their business license which should be prominently displayed at the establishment. This is to protect you! Please notify the Police Department if you believe someone is practicing massage without the proper certifications at 408-354-8600.

The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) accepts applications for state certification for massage therapist and massage practitioner. Please visit the CAMTC for information and an application. You must either be certified by CAMTC or permitted by the Police Department in order to practice massage therapy in the Town of Los Gatos. You must also obtain a business license from the Town whether you are certified by the State or permitted by the Town.

Massage Therapy Ordinance
The Town of Los Gatos has adopted an ordinance regulating massage therapy establishments.  The ordinance language can be found in Chapter 14 of the Los Gatos Municipal Code.

Massage Therapy Ordinance - Permit Process
A person desiring to practice massage therapy in the Town of Los Gatos must submit an application to obtain a permit to practice massage therapy.  The permitting process, which is outlined in the Town Code has several steps:
  • Completing an Application
  • Participating in a Background Check (Fingerprinting, Criminal History Check, and Photograph)
  • Documenting Required Education (300 Hours)
  • Providing a Copy of Insurance
  • Paying Permit Fees
  • Obtaining a Business License
Contact Information
The Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department is located at 110 E. Main Street. Any member of the police records staff can assist you in beginning the application process during business hours, Monday - Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.