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Licence categories and regulations for personal service businesses.

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Business Licence Bylaw outlines the following categories and regulations for businesses that offer personal services:

PLEASE NOTE: You must apply in person for body rub licence categories and must arrive at least 30 minutes before our office closes so we have enough time to process your application.

Body Rub Centre

This category is described as "a premises or any part thereof where members of the general public attend, are invited to attend, or through which they may arrange an appointment to receive the physical external manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body for a fee, including any manipulation of an adult or erotic nature, but not including Health Enhancement Centres."

There are special regulations and application requirements for this category. Edmonton Fire Rescue and the Edmonton Police Service are asked for a recommendation, and Alberta Health Services is notified when an application is submitted for this type of business.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

Regulations

Body Rub Centres must:

  • Maintain a list of all your employees that includes their full name, date of birth, any pseudonyms or aliases, telephone number, and Body Rub Practitioner business licence number
  • Produce the list of employees when it is requested by a Peace Officer
  • Only employ Body Rub Practitioners that have been licensed by the City of Edmonton
  • Only advertise your business using telephone numbers, names, email addresses, and Internet addresses that have been previously provided to the City
  • Display your Body Rub Centre business licence number on any advertisements placed on the Internet, or in any newspaper, magazine, or periodical
  • Ensure that there are at least two employees working in your business whenever it is open to the public

Please make sure you understand these regulations, which are outlined in the Business Licence Bylaw. If you require more information or clarification of these regulations, contact us by calling 311.

Body Rub Practitioner

This category is described as "a person who administers or offers to administer the physical external manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body for a fee, including any manipulation of an adult or erotic nature, but not including Heath Enhancement Practitioners."

There are special regulations and application requirements for this category. The Edmonton Police Service is asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • Your full name, date of birth, and recent Edmonton Police Information Check
  • Two pieces of government-issued identification (at least one must have a photo), that show you are at least 18 years old
  • Proof that you have completed the required information course
  • A list of any pseudonyms or aliases you use and all the websites that are used to promote your services
  • The address of the Body Rub Centre where you will be working
  • Your photograph will be taken by the City when your application is submitted

Regulations

Body Rub Practitioners must:

  • Notify the City if you stop working for your current Body Rub Centre, or start working at a different Body Rub Centre
  • Display your Body Rub Practitioner business licence number on any advertisements placed on the Internet, or in any newspaper, magazine, or periodical
  • Notify the City if there are changes to any of the websites you use to advertise your services

Please make sure you understand these regulations, which are outlined in the Business Licence Bylaw. If you require more information or clarification of these regulations, contact us by calling 311.

Massage Practitioner

This licence category is no longer issued.  New categories now exist to licence this activity.   From January 1, 2012, all businesses and practitioners that manipulate the soft tissues of customers’ bodies through touch will need to tell the City which of the following new licence categories best fit their business:

  • Body Rub Centre
  • Body Rub Practitioner
  • Health Enhancement Centre
  • Health Enhancement Centre (Independent)
  • Health Enhancement Practitioner

For information on the new categories, new regulations and how to update your business licence, please read this notice or call 311 for more information.

Personal Service Shop

This category is described as "providing services related to the care and appearance of the body or the cleaning or repair of personal effects."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Alberta Health Services is notified when an application is submitted for this type of business.

Applicants should review Alberta Health's Personal Services business information for details on health standards and other requirements.

Personal Service Shop (Wholistic)

This licence category is no longer issued.

This category was described as "providing services related to the care and appearance of the body or the cleaning or repair of personal effects," and has included allowing the massaging of the hands, head feet, and face.

If you are currently licensed as a Personal Service Shop (Wholistic), you must follow the regulations of the Massage Practitioners Bylaw until your licence expires. When your licence expires, you will be required to find a new category for your business and new regulations will apply. Please read this notice or call 311 for more information.

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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