Massage Therapist Permit

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Department of Community Services

Building & Code Services

The City of Carmel’s Massage Therapist Permit is now available below.

On February 19, 2007, Council members Ron Carter and Rick Sharp introduced a City Ordinance requiring Massage Therapists to obtain permits to operate within the City limits of Carmel. The permitting process was suggested to the City by the Indiana Chapter of the American Massage Therapists Association as a way to prohibit prostitutes from holding themselves out as legitimate massage therapists.

The ordinance requires that to obtain a Massage Therapist Permit, a person must show that they have graduated from an accredited school requiring at least 500 hours of training. A grace period of 60 days from the date of the ordinance was granted to allow massage therapists to apply for the permit.

This ordinance was passed in response to the shut down of several local establishments committing prostitution posing as a legitimate massage therapy business.

“Massage is a legitimate therapy requiring hundreds of hours of training from accredited institutions. By passing this law, we will be able to prevent prostitutes from claiming to be legitimate massage therapists,” said Mayor Brainard.



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