Riverside Police Department
All massage technicians and all massage establishments are required to comply with the city of Riverside Massage Ordinance (Riverside Municipal Code Section 5.52). Subsequently, approvals for massage technician certificates of registration approvals and massage establishment permits are granted subject to compliance with this ordinance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS(Click on a question for an answer)
I am a massage technician/massage practitioner and want to work in the City of Riverside. Do I need a certificate of registration?
I am a massage technician and I currently hold a state license issued by the California Massage Therapy Council. Do I still need to apply for a City of Riverside certificate of registration?
The holder of a valid
state license for massage is exempt from the
However, the state license holder must
provide the following information to the
fourteen (14) days prior to providing a massage:
(1) A copy of a valid certificate
issued by the California Massage Therapy
Council; (2) the name and address of the
massage establishment where the massage
technician will be working; and (3)
identification and contact
I am a massage technician and I currently hold a Riverside County Massage Technician Permit. Do I still need to obtain a certificate of registration?
The fees for the applications/renewals are as follows:
New Application (per owner)
$919 plus applicable DOJ Fingerprint fee
NOTE: Every massage technician employed by the establishment must hold a valid City of Riverside Certificate of Registration or a valid certificate issued by the California Massage Therapy Council.
$217 plus applicable DOJ Fingerprint fee
NOTE: Massage technicians who hold a valid certificate issued by the California Massage Therapy Council are exempt from paying any application fee.
Is a business license tax certificate required?
Yes, anyone conducting business within the City of Riverside must maintain a business license tax certificate as outline in the City municipal code. More information regarding business license tax certificates can be found at http://www.riversideca.gov/finance/license.asp.
Am I required to renew my Massage Technician Certificate of Registration and/or Massage Establishment Permit every year?
Yes. Applications for renewal must be submitted prior to the expiration of the previously issued Massage Technician Certificate of Registration or Massage Establishment Permit. If the yearly fee is not paid on time, the account will become delinquent and will subsequently be closed. Please note that the city of Riverside will not re-activate a delinquent account once it has been closed. Once the account is closed, the applicant will need to re-apply and pay the new applicant fees to obtain a Certificate of Registration or Massage Permit within the city of Riverside. Be advised that practicing massage without a valid Certificate of Registration and/or operating a massage establishing without a valid Establishment Permit is a violation of the Riverside Municipal Code and is punishable by law.
Yes. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Riverside Police Department Vice Unit at (951) 353-7614.
Chief of Police Sergio G. Diaz
4102 Orange St
Riverside, CA 92501
10540 Magnolia Av
Riverside, CA 92505
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