Massage Center

A Massage Center license is required of any person or company that operates a business that offers or performs massage for members of the public or of a private club.

Exempt from licensure are athletic, lodging, recreational, religious or social organizations that offer the above services, as incidental provisions upon their premises. For this purpose, "incidental" means that the cost of providing such facilities, and any income generated from their use represents less than 15% of the gross revenues generated by the organization at the premises.

Also exempt from licensure are establishments operated by licensed medical (or dental) professionals that offer massage services.

Code Requirements

Guidance relating to Massage and Massage Centers is contained in the Maplewood City Code, Chapter 14, Article XX. All license holders are required to be familiar with the provisions of this Chapter and with applicable Minnesota Statutes and federal regulations.

Apply for a License

Application for a Massage Center license has been transitioned to an online licensing system (Accela) and is available for access via the Citizen Access portal.

The following document(s) may be required to be submitted with this application:

  • Certificate of Insurance (see SAMPLE)
  • Each owner/partner/officer with >5% interest in the business and establishment manager must complete a Supplemental application and undergo a background investigation. This application is also available through Accela under Massage Center Supplement Application. A background investigation consent form will also need to be emailed to

Guide to Using the Citizen Access Portal

Please use the reference guides below to assist you in registering for an account and applying for a license. If you need additional assistance please contact us at 651-249-2005. 

Expiration / Renewal

License term(s) run September 1 through August 31, annually. Renewal must occur on or before date of expiration.


All license fees can be found on the city's fee schedule