Massage Therapy License

The City requires a license to practice massage in Hopkins (Hopkins City Code Section 1185). Any person licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practices does not need a massage license from the City of Hopkins, provided that person has shown proof of licensure to the City Clerk.

License fee

  • Annual: $100 (expires June 30 of every year—apply for renewal at least 60 days before your license expires)
  • Background investigation: $50 (first-time applicants only)


  • 18 years or older
  • Diploma or Certificate of completion of 500 or more hours from a recognized school of Message Therapy*
  • Proof of minimum hours of course work in the following areas*:
    • 150 hours in the theory and practice of massage, including but not limited to Swedish, Esalen, Shiatsu, and/or foot reflexology techniques
    • 100 hours of anatomy and physiology, including but not limited to skeletal and muscular structure and knesiology
    • 8 hours of hygiene and sanitation
    • 30 hours of business practices and ethics.
  • *or an applicant may also be eligible for a limited-renewal massage therapist license if the applicant meets both of the following:
    • submits proof of having completed at least 100 classroom hours of instruction in the practice of massage therapy
    • has practiced massage therapy for compensation for at least 2 years during the 5-year period immediately preceding the date of the application.
    This limited-renewal license may be renewed two times after initial application, giving the applicant three years to meet the licensing requirements. Additional course work must be completed, as well as any other requirements which may be in effect at the time of application.

A license will not be issued to an applicant who has been convicted of any crime directly related to the occupation and has not shown competent evidence of sufficient rehabilitation and present fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a licensee (as prescribed by Minnesota Statute Section 364.03, Subd. 3).

Code of Ethics

By: The National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Massage therapists and bodyworkers in the exercise of professional accountability will:

  1. Accurately inform clients, other health care practitioners, and the public of the scope and limitations of their discipline and have a sincere commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those who seek their professional services.
  2. Provide treatment only when there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client. The therapist will acknowledge the limitations of and contraindications for massage and bodywork and refer clients to appropriate health professionals. Licensees will abide by all laws governing the practice of massage and bodywork and act only within their legal scope of practice.
  3. Represent their qualifications honestly, including education and professional affiliations, and will provide only those services which they are qualified to perform.
  4. Consistently maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, striving for professional excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and by continued education and training. Licensees will conduct their business and professional activities with honesty and integrity.
  5. Safeguard the confidentiality of all client information, unless disclosure is required by law, court order, or absolutely necessary for the protection of the public. Client rights will be respected. Licensees will respect the inherent worth of all persons and refuse to unjustly discriminate against clients or other ethical health professionals.
  6. Respect the client's right to an informed and voluntary consent regarding care and treatment, and obtain the informed consent of the client or the client's advocate before providing treatment. This includes a record of written and verbal consent to treatment.
  7. Respect the client's right to refuse, modify, or terminate treatment, regardless of prior consent given.
  8. Provide draping and treatment in a way that ensures the safety, comfort and privacy of the client.
  9. Exercise the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause.
  10. Respect the contribution and expertise of colleagues in massage therapy and bodywork and other disciplines as essential to excellent health care.
  11. Respect the client's choices between alternative and traditional health care.
  12. Always be responsible not to engage in sexualizing behavior. The therapist will respect the boundaries and integrity of each person and therefore not engage in any sexual conduct or activities, even if the client attempts to sexualize the relationship.
  13. Avoid any interest, activities, or influences which might conflict with their obligation to act in the best interest of their clients and the profession. Respect the client's boundaries with regard to privacy, disclosure, exposure, emotional expression, beliefs, and reasonable expectations of professional behavior. Therapists will respect the client's autonomy.
  14. Refuse any gifts or benefits, in excess of acceptable gratuity, which are intended to influence a referral, a decision or a treatment.


  • Return with appropriate fee to:
    Hopkins City Hall
    1010 1st St S
    Hopkins, MN 55343