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Massage Therapy Businesses License Overview

After January 1, 2019, Massage Therapists operating in the City of Cedar Rapids shall obtain a license from the City of Cedar Rapids per Chapter 59, Massage Therapy Business License of the City Municipal Code. This Chapter states that no person shall perform Massage Therapy without a valid and current License to Perform Massage Therapy issued by the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy. Anyone exempt from provisions of Iowa Code 152C shall be exempt from the requirement to have a valid Massage Therapy License. Upon request of the City Manager, all individuals providing Massage Therapy shall provide a copy of their State Massage Therapy License.

Licensing

The fees for a Massage Therapy Business License in the City of Cedar Rapids are set by City Council Resolution. The fees will be paid when an Application for a License is filed. The licensing period for 2019 will begin on January 1, 2019 and will end on February 28, 2019. During the 2019 licensing period, existing businesses will not pay a fee to obtain a City of Cedar Rapids Massage Therapy Business License. After March 1, 2019, licenses will be $60. This includes three background checks. Additional background checks are $10 each.

An applicant may be exempted from the City of Cedar Rapids License and renewal process if the applicant provides proof that they have a valid Massage Therapy Business License from another Iowa municipality that engages in a similarly rigorous application, review, and renewal process and the applicant provides a copy of the license to the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Proof of the licensure must be made once every two-year period.

Application

Applications will be taken to the City Clerk's Office located at 101 1st Street SE on the first floor of City Hall. The application will be made on forms provided by the City Clerk's Office and will include the business name, the address of the property to be used as a Massage Therapy business, and documentation establishing the applicant's control of the premises on which the business will be located, which shall be in the form of a lease, deed, or other document that establishes the applicant's control. 

At the time of the application, the applicant will provide the most current information requested below in a list format to be maintained at all times concerning the applicant, owner, manager, and all employees, agents, contractors, and other persons, who are or will be present on the premises to perform Massage Therapy. The Applicant will be required to designate a Registered Manager for the Massage Therapy Business. This individual must be a resident of the State of Iowa and the applicant will need to provide an address and phone number for this person. If an applicant or licensee intends to operate a Massage Therapy Business in multiple locations, a separate application is required for each individual location.


Information requested:

-  Name and address for each individual.

-  Current State of Iowa Massage Therapy License number for all individuals who are or will be present 
    on the premises to perform Massage Therapy.

-  License number of a valid and current government issued photo ID for each individual.

-  Description of all crimes, including the time, place, date, and disposition for which these individuals have 
   been charged or convicted of criminal offenses for the past ten years. Traffic violations do not need to be     
   included.

-  Descriptions of all municipal or state civil infractions, including the time, place, date and disposition for
   which these individuals have been a party to for the past ten years.

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IF ALL MATERIALS ARE SUBMITTED. IF ANY BLANKS ARE LEFT EMPTY OR MATERIALS ARE NOT SUBMITTED, APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND RETURNED BACK TO THE APPLICANT.  



Useful Links 

City of Cedar Rapids Clerk's Office

Chapter 59: Massage Therapy Business License

Massage Therapy Business Documents

Massage Therapy Business Application Checklist

Massage Therapy Business Application

Change of Information

Typed List Example

Registered Manager's Consent










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