Chapter 7.08


7.08.010    Definitions.

7.08.020    License required.

7.08.030    Advertising by unlicensed person.

7.08.040    Exemptions.

7.08.050    License application.

7.08.060    License fee.

7.08.070    Inspection.

7.08.080    Proper conduct required.

7.08.090    Penalty.

7.08.100    Severability.

7.08.110    Effective date.


Ord. 71    09/23/76

7.08.010 Definitions.

(1) “Massage” means the treatment of the superficial parts of the body with or without the aid of soaps, oils or lotions by rubbing, touching, stroking, tapping and kneading, provided no attempt be made to adjust or manipulate the articulations of the spine.

(2) “Massage operator” means a person engaged in the practice of massage.

(3) “Massage business” means the operation of a business where massages are given.

7.08.020 License required.

No person shall engage in or hold themselves out as engaged in the practice of massage without a massage operator’s license issued by Clallam County.

7.08.030 Advertising by unlicensed person.

It shall be unlawful to advertise the practice of massage by a person not licensed by the County.

7.08.040 Exemptions.

This chapter does not apply to:

(1) An individual giving massage in their home to members of their immediate family.

(2) Persons licensed in this State to practice medicine, surgery, drugless therapy, cosmetology, barbering, physical therapy, osteopathy, osteopathy and surgery, chiropractic, podiatry, nursing, or persons working under prescription, supervision, or direction of any such person.

(3) Massage practiced in the athletic department of any institution maintained by the public funds of the State, or any of its political subdivisions.

(4) Massage practiced by the athletic department of any school or college accredited by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools.

7.08.050 License application.

The application for a massage parlor or operator shall be signed by the person in whose name it is taken out and shall give the names and addresses of all persons participating in the ownership and management of the business, the exact location, the number of rooms used and the nature of the massage treatments or services. No license shall be issued until a valid State license has been obtained by the applicant and proof of such valid State license is presented to the County.

7.08.060 License fee.

The license fee for a massage parlor and for each individual massage operator is fixed at the sum of $25 per annum.

7.08.070 Inspection.

Deputy Sheriffs of Clallam County and appropriate State and Federal government officials shall have free access at all times to any massage parlor when such officers are visiting the same in the performance of their duties for the purpose of investigation. It shall be unlawful for the owner, proprietor, manager or person in charge of any massage parlor to refuse admission to such Sheriff’s officers or appropriate State or Federal officials.

7.08.080 Proper conduct required.

All massage parlors shall be conducted with proper regard for the persons patronizing the same. The improper conduct of any person conducting or employed in such establishment or suffered or permitted to remain therein shall be deemed sufficient cause for the suspension or revocation of the license to conduct the same.

7.08.090 Penalty.

Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a penalty of a fine not to exceed $250 and/or imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days in the County Jail.

7.08.100 Severability.

If any section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence or clause or phrase in this chapter or any part thereof is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid or ineffective by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity or effectiveness of the remaining portions of this chapter or any part thereof.

7.08.110 Effective date.

This chapter shall become effective immediately upon signing by the Board of County Commissioners.