Massage Establishment Licence

A Massage Establishment licence is required if any premises is used or intended to be used for the reception or treatment of persons seeking massage. Massage is defined as the act of rubbing, kneading, or manipulating the human body or any part of it, by a person (whether or not using any hand-held equipment), for the purpose of relaxing muscle tension, stimulating circulation, increasing suppleness or otherwise.

Licence Conditions:

  • Hours of operation shall be from 7 am to 11 30 pm daily (Category 1 (Provisional) & Category 1)
  • Hours of operation shall be from 10 am to 11 30 pm daily (Category 2 (Provisional) & Category 2)
  • The licensee shall maintain a register of employees and must submit to the Police or Licensing Officer for inspection as and when required. When an employee leaves the company, the employee’s record must be kept by the licensee for at least one year after the last day of employment.
  • No locking device for doors of the massage or treatment rooms
  • All rooms shall be numbered
  • Rooms used by employees for administration matters should have a ‘No Entry’ sign
  • Rooms for massage must be clear or any permanent or temporary objects or structures, so that there is clear view of the room when the door is opened
  • There must be no warning device installed in the licensed establishment that could be used to alert the employees of the arrival of enforcement officers.
  • The licensee shall ensure that at least 80% of masseuses/therapists have the required certification recognized by the Licensing Officer.
  • The licensee shall ensure that each trainee masseuse/therapist obtains the certificate recognized by the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department within 6 months, to be calculated cumulatively, from the date of first registration
  • The lighting in the massage rooms is to be sufficiently bright for the licensee and/or supervisors to be able to observe the action of the masseuse
  • The licensee or the supervisors shall conduct daily briefing to all employees that no sexual services are allowed within the licensed establishment
  • The licensee shall ensure that there are no indecent advertisements of the licensed establishment.

Fees and validity:

  • A licence fee of $525 per licence
  • Validity period: 1 years from date of issue
  • Processing time: 21 working days

Where to apply?

  • Online via GoBusiness Licensing issued by Singapore Police Force (SPF)

Category 1 (Provisional)

  • Places to operate: HDB shop houses, shopping centres and hotels
  • Nationality of employees: Singapore citizens, PR & Malaysian with valid work passes only
  • Minimum establishment floor area: At least 100 meter square
  • CaseTrust certification: Letter of Acceptance

 Category 1

  • Places to operate: HDB shop houses, shopping centres and hotels
  • Nationality of employees: Singapore citizens, PR & any foreign nationality with valid work passes
  • Minimum establishment floor area: At least 100 meter square
  • CaseTrust certification: Accreditation

Category 2 (Provisional) & Category 2

  • Places to operate: Areas away from residential areas, schools, and places of worship
  • Nationality of employees: Singapore citizens, PR & Malaysian with valid work passes only
  • Minimum establishment floor area: At least 50 meter square

*You must apply for Category 1 (Provisional) or Category 2 (Provisional) license first before you can apply for a new Category 1 or Category 2 massage establishment

Licence Criteria:

  • Company that is registered with ACRA and is the Management Director, Director, Secretary or Chief Executive Officer
  • Be a fit and proper person, e.g. free from criminal records
  • At least 21 years old

Licence Conditions:

  • Hours of operation shall be from 7 am to 11 30 pm daily (Category 1 (Provisional) & Category 1)
  • Hours of operation shall be from 10 am to 11 30 pm daily (Category 2 (Provisional) & Category 2)
  • The licencee shall maintain a register of employees and must submit to the Police or Licensing Officer for inspection as and when required. When an employee leaves the company, the employee’s record must be kept by the licensee for at least one year after the last day of employment.
  • No locking device for doors of the massage or treatment rooms
  • All rooms shall be numbered
  • Rooms used by employees for administration matters should have a ‘No Entry’ sign
  • Rooms for massage must be clear or any permanent or temporary objects or structures, so that there is clear view of the room when the door is opened
  • There must be no warning device installed in the licensed establishment that could be used to alert the employees of the arrival of enforcement officers.
  • The licensee shall ensure that at least 80% of masseuses/therapists have the required certification recognized by the Licensing Officer.
  • The licensee shall ensure that each trainee masseuse/therapist obtains the certificate recognized by the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department within 6 months, to be calculated cumulatively, from the date of first registration
  • The lighting in the massage rooms is to be sufficiently bright for the licensee and/or supervisors to be able to observe the action of the masseuse
  • The licensee or the supervisors shall conduct daily briefing to all employees that no sexual services are allowed within the licensed establishment
  • The licensee shall ensure that there are no indecent advertisements of the licensed establishment.

Employee Registration

Employee registration is required prior to working in the licenced Massage Establishment.

Documents required:

  • Valid work pass + relevant recognised certification

Fees?

  • $17 per employee
  • 21 days for processing