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Massage License

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To qualify for a massage license, one must have either:

  1. A minimum of 300 hours of training from a state certified school of massage and work only for a licensed establishment (site specific) that provides a letter of intent to employ/contract; or 
  2. A minimum of 500 hours of training from a state certified school of massage in order to conduct outcall massage or operate a massage establishment.

Requirements for submitting your Massage Permit Application:

  • Transcripts verifying the minimum number of school training hours. Provide names, addresses and phone numbers of all certified massage schools attended. 
  • Health certificate certifying applicant has been tested and is free of all communicable diseases as listed in application. Tests must be signed by physician and have been completed within 30 days of submitting application. 
  • Two passport photos of the applicant and, if an establishment permit, two passport photos of all owners of the establishment. Passport pictures may be obtained from businesses such as copying centers and photo labs. 
  • Current fingerprints taken by the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Department. Call (760) 836-1603 to schedule an appointment (no walk-in applicants will be fingerprinted). Fingerprinting hours are as follows: Tue., Wed., & Thur. Between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost: $10.00 for fingerprints; $42.00 for Dept. of Justice processing. NOTE; Sheriff’s Department will not accept personal checks. Please pay by cash, cashier check or money order
  • Completed City of Palm Desert Massage Application form


  • Massage Permit - $150.00 to the City of Palm Desert 
  • Massage Establishment Permit - $500.00 to the City of Palm Desert 
  • Other fees such as a Business License or Home Occupation Permit may be required. 
  • If requesting a temporary permit while your application is being processed, please provide a copy of any other massage permits you hold in another city.