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(a) Permit Required. It shall be unlawful for any Owner of a Massage Establishment, Sole Practitioner Massage Establishment, or Outcall Massage Service to operate that Massage Business at any location in the City without first obtaining a permit for such Massage Business from the Director. In the event that a business owner or operator disclaims that the business is a Massage Business, the Director may hold a hearing to determine whether a permit under this Section 29.25 is required.
(b) Exemptions. The following businesses may provide Massage services without obtaining a Massage Business permit:
(1) Businesses providing Massage services performed solely by physicians, surgeons, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses, or any physical therapists, who are duly licensed to practice their respective professions in the State of California and persons working directly under the supervision of or at the direction of such licensed persons, working at the same location as the licensed person, and administering massage services subject to review or oversight by the licensed person.
(2) Businesses providing Massage services performed solely by barbers or cosmetologists who are duly licensed under the laws of the State of California, while engaging in practices within the scope of their licenses, and limited to the massaging of the neck, face, scalp, hands, or feet of the clients.
(3) Hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, or any other health facilities duly licensed by the State of California, providing Massage services performed solely by their employees acting within the scope of their employment.
(Added as Sec. 1908 by Ord. 269-03, File No. 030995, App. 12/5/2003; redesignated as Sec. 29.10 and amended by Ord. 262-13, File No. 130400, App. 11/27/2013, Eff. 12/27/2013; redesignated and amended by Ord. 72-15 , File No. 141302, App. 5/28/2015, Eff. 6/27/2015; amended by Ord. 272-18, File No. 180757, App. 11/20/2018, Eff. 12/21/2018)