Massage Therapy & Bodywork

The city issues licenses to businesses and therapists wanting to provide massage therapy or bodywork services or to operate a massage therapy or bodywork establishment in Oakdale. 

Application Requirements: New License

Application Requirements: License Renewal

License holders wishing to renew their license must re-apply annually. The license renewal process may take up to four weeks to complete.

Licensing Process

Once a completed application packet has been received by city staff, applicants will undergo a background investigation conducted by the Oakdale Police Department, and a report will be submitted to the City Council. The licensing process may take up to eight weeks for new applicants.

Please note: Beginning in 2023, there have been changes to the background investigation process for this license. Any applicant that has not been through and passed the background investigation process in the previous license term will be subject to the background investigation process for the current term which carries a $375 fee. These background investigations will be processed every other year per individual (meaning not based on the year, but when the individual passed the investigation last).  All new applicants (whether main applicant or supplemental applicant) will be subject to the background investigation process the first time they apply and every other year thereafter.

License Term

The term for new licenses is October 1 through September 30.


Not all persons and business entities are required to obtain a massage license to practice. 

  • Practitioners who are supervised by medical professionals licensed by the state to practice medicine, surgery, osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy, or podiatry, provided the massage is administered in the regular course of medical treatment.
  • Beauty culturists licensed by the state, provided that the massages are limited to the head, hand, neck, and feet.
  • Barbers licensed by the state, provided that massages are limited to the head and neck. 
  • Students participating in an educational massage therapy program at an accredited college providing therapeutic massage therapy under the direct supervision of a licensed massage therapist/bodyworks therapist, or licensed health professional under which massage is within the scope of their practice.

City Code

View City Code on Massage Therapy and Bodywork (PDF)