ORS 687.021¹
Practice of massage without license prohibited
  • operation of massage facility without permit prohibited
  • injunction against violation

(1) A person may not:

(a) Engage in or purport to engage in the practice of massage without a massage therapist license issued by the State Board of Massage Therapists under ORS 687.051 (Qualifications of applicants).

(b) Operate a massage facility or purport to operate a massage facility without a permit issued by the board under ORS 687.059 (Massage facilities), unless the person is an individual massage therapist who is working out of the individual’s home.

(c) Advertise that the person engages in the practice of massage unless the person is licensed under ORS 687.051 (Qualifications of applicants) or holds a permit under ORS 687.059 (Massage facilities).

(d) Use the word “massage” in a business name unless the person is licensed under ORS 687.051 (Qualifications of applicants) or holds a permit under ORS 687.059 (Massage facilities).

(2) The board may exempt by rule a type of massage facility from the prohibition in subsection (1)(b) of this section if the board finds that requiring a permit for that type of facility is not necessary to regulate the practice of massage therapy or to protect the health and safety of the public.

(3) The Attorney General, the prosecuting attorney of any county or the board may maintain an action for an injunction against a person violating this section. An injunction may be issued without proof of actual damages sustained by a person. An injunction does not relieve a person from criminal prosecution for violating this section or from any other civil, criminal or disciplinary remedy. [1955 c.492 §2; 1971 c.650 §36; 1977 c.507 §2; 1979 c.89 §2; 1985 c.82 §2; 1989 c.841 §2; 1997 c.626 §3; 1999 c.537 §6; 2013 c.409 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 687—Massage Therapists; Direct Entry Midwives, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors687.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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