New Massage Establishments

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The City of San Marcos requires all new massage therapists to be CAMTC certified. The city also requires that all new establishments meet distance requirements, zoning restrictions and be in compliance with the city's cap for new massage establishments. 

An interactive map has been developed to show existing massage establishment locations, restricted areas for new massage establishments, and eligible zones and sites for potential future massage establishments.

In addition to getting a business license, a massage establishment must also obtain a massage establishment license and be in compliance with San Marcos Municipal Code Chapter 5.44, which includes specific operating requirements prior to opening for business.  The City of San Marcos recommends that all prospective massage establishments contact San Marcos Business Licensing prior to signing a lease or doing any tenant improvements.

A Massage Establishment Application can be submitted in person or by mail to the following address:

City of San Marcos
Attn: Business License Officer
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069

For more information or questions about new massage establishments, contact San Marcos Business Licensing at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3101 or

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