Massage Permits

Massage Establishment Permits (MEPs) are required for any person wishing to open or operate a business with massage services. 

On June 25, 2019, the City of Temecula adopted an ordinance that amended Chapter 5.22 (Massage and Massage Establishments) of the Temecula Municipal Code.  The amended ordinance contains many changes that may impact your operations as well as the process for renewing your massage establishment permit.

Before You Submit

  1. Prospective applicants should review the City of Temecula's massage ordinance prior to applying for Massage Establishment Permit
  2. Review and complete our Massage Establishment Permit Application (incomplete applications will not be accepted)
  3. Non-CAMTC applicants, managers, and operators must complete a Live Scan prior to the submission of this application. Non-CAMTC applicants, managers, and operators who have previously submitted a Live Scan do not need to submit a new Live Scan.

Submitting Your Application

  1. Prior to submitting the application, applicants should verify that they have all of the required paperwork.
  2. Business License will review the Massage Establishment Permit (MEP) application upon submittal. If cleared, applicants will proceed to the Planning counter.
  3. Planning will process the MEP application (or renewal) and review the application for completeness. Payment will be required.
  4. Police will review the contents of the application to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the application.
  5. Planning will continue to process a MEP, if approved by the Police Department/all requirements are met.
  6. Building & Safety/Fire will require tenant improvement permits, or a Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy for all new locations or changes in ownership. Renewals without any ownership or location changes will not be required to obtain a new occupancy certificate. See below for additional information on separate approvals.
  7. Business License will review the finalized application. Payment will be required. A copy of the business license and MEP will be mailed within a few weeks.

 Separate Approvals

All businesses within the City of Temecula are required to obtain building permits and occupancy for their space. This can be achieved in one of two ways:

  1. If construction is occurring, a building permit will be required
  2. If no construction is occurring, a non-construction certificate of occupancy permit will be required (this applies to all ownership, name, and location changes, too). 

Note: Massage Establishments that have change ownership, name, or location must apply for a new Massage Establishment Permit.

More Information


For more information, contact the Planning Department at 951-694-6400 or the Police Department Massage Coordinator, Charles Oden, at 951-696-3186.