Chapter 5.53


5.53.010    Definitions.

5.53.020    Massage practitioner’s premises.

5.53.030    Exemptions.

5.53.055    Business license required.

5.53.060    Proof of state licensing required.

Prior legislation: Ord. 2656.

5.53.010 Definitions.

A. For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, words and phrases shall have the following meanings:

1. “Massage,” “massage treatment” or “massage therapy” means the external manipulation or pressure of soft tissue of the body of another including, but not limited to, rubbing, kneading, hitting or any other manipulation whether manually or by the use of equipment, machinery, or appliances, with or without the aids of superficial heat, cold, water, lubricants or salts. Massage does not include diagnosis or attempts to adjust or manipulate any articulations of the body or spine or mobilization of these articulations by the use of a thrusting force.

2. “Massage practitioner” means any person giving massages or massage treatments.

3. “Person” means any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

4. “Authorized health care practitioner” has the same meaning as set forth in RCW 18.74.010(7), i.e., a physician, osteopathic physician, chiropractor, naturopath, podiatrist or dentist licensed by the state of Washington; provided, that massage treatments are within the scope of his state license.

B. All references herein in the masculine gender shall include the feminine gender, and the feminine the masculine. All references to the singular shall include the plural, and the plural the singular. (Ord. 3343 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 3253 § 2 (Exh. B), 2017; Ord. 1833 § 2, 1991)

5.53.020 Massage practitioner’s premises.

It shall be unlawful for any person to practice massage unless:

A. The massage is given on the licensee’s business premises or on premises which are exempt from the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 3343 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 3253 § 2 (Exh. B), 2017; Ord. 2696 § 1, 2007; Ord. 1833 § 3, 1991)

5.53.030 Exemptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:

A. Authorized health care practitioners or their employees;

B. Massages given in a private residence when no fee, compensation, or any other consideration is charged or paid, directly or indirectly, for such services;

C. Massage treatments given in a private residence by a massage practitioner who is administering such treatments pursuant to a written prescription from an authorized health care practitioner;

D. Athletic coaches or trainers giving massages while affiliated with public or private educational institutions or athletic organizations;

E. Students enrolled in schools of massage performing therein such practices of massage as are incidental to their course of study;

F. Massage treatments given in any licensed hospital, licensed nursing or convalescent home; or

G. Licensed beauty operators and barbers who perform only such acts of massage as are customarily given in beauty salons and barber shops for purposes of beautification only. (Ord. 3343 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 3253 § 2 (Exh. B), 2017; Ord. 1833 § 4, 1991)

5.53.055 Business license required.

It shall be unlawful for any massage practitioner to engage in business in the city of Lynnwood (“Lynnwood”) without securing and holding a valid business license issued by the business license clerk pursuant to the business licensing procedures set forth in Chapter 5.04 LMC and this chapter. (Ord. 3343 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 3253 § 2 (Exh. B), 2017)

5.53.060 Proof of state licensing required.

Before issuing a business license to a massage practitioner, the director or the director’s designee shall require satisfactory proof that such company or agency possesses a valid state license issued pursuant to Chapter 18.108 RCW, as now existing or hereafter amended, revised, recodified, or reenacted. Revocation or suspension of the state license shall constitute grounds for revocation or suspension of the licensee’s Lynnwood business license. (Ord. 3343 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 3253 § 2 (Exh. B), 2017; Ord. 1833 § 8, 1991)