City of Hollister, MO
Taney County
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Section 615.010 Policy.

[CC 1983 §53.010]
It is hereby declared that the business of operating massage establishments as defined herein is a business affecting the public health, safety, and general welfare.

Section 615.020 Definitions.

[CC 1983 §53.020]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section:
EMPLOYEE
Any and all persons, other than the masseurs or masseuses, who render any service to the permittee, and who receives compensation directly from the permittee, and who have no physical contact with customers and clients.
MASSAGE
Any methods of pressure on or friction against or striking, kneading , rubbing, tapping, pounding, vibrating or stimulating of the external soft parts of the body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical or electrical apparatus or appliance with or without such supplementary aids as rubbing alcohol, liniment, antiseptics, oils, powder, creams, lotions, ointments or other similar preparations commonly used in this practice.
MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENT
Any establishment having a fixed place of business where any person, firm, association or corporation engages in or carries on or permits to be engaged in or carried on any of the activities mentioned above.
MASSEUR or MASSEUSE
Any person who, for any consideration whatsoever, engages in the practice of massage as herein defined.
PERSON
Any individual, co-partnership, firm, association, joint stock company, corporation or combination of individuals of whatever form or character.
RECOGNIZED SCHOOL
Any school or institution of learning which has for its purpose the teaching of the theory, method, profession, or work of massage, which school requires a resident course of study not less than seventy (70) hours to be given in not more than three (3) calendar months before the student shall be furnished with a diploma or certificate of graduation from such school or institution of learning following the successful completion of such course of study or learning and which school has been recognized and approved by the State of Missouri.

Section 615.030 Permit Required.

[CC 1983 §53.030]
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, conduct or carry on or to permit to be engaged in, conducted or carried on, into any premises in the City of Hollister the operation of a massage establishment as herein defined, without first having obtained a permit from the Police Department.

Section 615.040 Filing and Fee Provision.

[CC 1983 §53.040]
Every applicant for a permit to maintain, operate or conduct a massage establishment shall file an application with the Chief of Police and pay a filing fee of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) which shall not be refundable.

Section 615.050 Application for Massage Establishment Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.050]
A. 
The application for a permit to operate a massage establishment shall set forth the exact nature of the massage to be administered, the proposed place of business and facilities therein and the name and address of each applicant. In addition to the foregoing, any applicant for a permit shall furnish the following information:
1. 
Written proof that the applicant is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
2. 
Two portrait photographs at least 2" x 2", and finger prints.
3. 
Business, occupation, or employment of the applicant for the three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application.
4. 
The massage or similar business license history of the applicant; whether such person, in previously operating in this or another City or State under license, has had such license revoked or suspended, the reason therefor, and the business activity or occupation subsequent to such action or suspension or revocation.
5. 
Any criminal convictions, except minor traffic violations.

Section 615.060 Masseur or Masseuse Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.060]
Any person, including an applicant for a massage establishment permit, who engages in the practice of massage as herein defined shall file an application for a masseur or masseuse permit with the Chief of Police upon a form provided by said Chief of Police and shall pay a filing fee of five hundred dollars ($500.00) which shall not be refundable.

Section 615.070 Application Form for Masseur or Masseuse Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.070]
A. 
The application for a masseur or masseuse permit shall contain the following:
1. 
The name and residence address.
2. 
Social Security number.
3. 
Applicant's weight, height, color of hair and eyes, and fingerprints.
4. 
Written evidence that the applicant is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
5. 
Business, occupation, or employment of the applicant for the three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application.
6. 
Whether such person has ever been convicted of any crime except minor traffic violations. If any person mentioned in this Subsection has been so convicted, a statement must be made giving the place and court in which the conviction was obtained and the sentence imposed as a result of such conviction.
7. 
The name and address of the recognized school attended, the date attended and a copy of the diploma or certificate of graduation awarded the applicant showing the applicant has successfully completed not less than seventy (70) hours of instruction.

Section 615.080 Notice of Hearing.

[CC 1983 §53.080]
When an application is filed for a massage establishment permit under this Chapter, the Chief of Police shall fix a time and a place for a public hearing where applicant may present evidence upon the question of his/her application. No less than ten (10) days before the date of such hearing, the Chief of Police shall cause to be posted a notice of such hearing in a conspicuous place on the property in which or on which the proposed massage establishment is to be operated. The applicant shall maintain said notice as posted for a required number of days.

Section 615.090 Issuance of Permit for a Massage Establishment.

[CC 1983 §53.090]
A. 
The Chief of Police may issue a permit within fourteen (14) days following a hearing if all requirements for a massage establishment described in this Chapter are met and a license fee in the amount of three hundred dollars ($300.00) per year, beginning July first (1st) each year, is paid to the City Clerk for a business license, and may issue a permit to all persons who apply to perform massage services unless he/she finds:
1. 
The operation as proposed by the applicant if permitted would not have complied with all applicable laws including, but not limited to, the Building, Health, Housing, Zoning, and Fire Codes of the City of Hollister.
2. 
The applicant and any other person who will be directly engaged in the management and operation of a massage establishment has been convicted of:
a. 
A felony.
b. 
An offense involving sexual misconduct with children.
c. 
Obscenity, keeping or residing in a house of ill fame, solicitation of a lewd or unlawful act, prostitution or pandering.
B. 
The Chief of Police in his/her discretion may issue a permit to any person convicted of any of the crimes in Subsection (2) (a), (b), (c), if he/she finds that such conviction occurred at least three (3) years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has had no subsequent convictions.

Section 615.100 Issuance of Masseur or Masseuse Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.100]
A. 
The Chief of Police may issue a masseur or masseuse permit within twenty-one (21) days following application, unless he/she finds that the applicant for the masseur or masseuse permit has been convicted of:
1. 
A felony.
2. 
An offense involving sexual misconduct with children.
3. 
Obscenity, keeping or residing in a house of ill fame, solicitation of a lewd or unlawful act, prostitution, or pandering.
B. 
The Chief of Police in his/her discretion may issue a permit to any person convicted of such crimes if he/she finds that such conviction occurred at least three (3) years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has had no subsequent convictions.

Section 615.110 Revocation or Suspension of Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.110]
A. 
Any permit issued for a massage establishment may be revoked or suspended by the Chief of Police, after a public hearing before the Chief of Police, where it is found that any of the provisions of this Chapter are violated or where the permittee has actual or constructive knowledge of the violation or conviction, or in any case, where the permittee or licensee refuses to permit any duly authorized Police Officer or Health Inspector of the City of Hollister to inspect the premises or the operations herein.
B. 
The Chief of Police, before revoking or suspending any permit, shall give the permittee at least ten (10) days written notice of the charges against him/her and the opportunity for a public hearing before the Chief of Police, at which time the permittee may present evidence bearing upon the question. In such cases, the charges shall be specific and in writing.

Section 615.120 Revocation of Masseur or Masseuse Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.120]
A. 
A masseur or masseuse permit issued by the Chief of Police shall be revoked or suspended after the public hearing before the Chief of Police where it appears that the masseur or masseuse has been convicted of any offenses enumerated in Section 615.100(A), (1 — 3).
B. 
The Chief of Police, before revoking or suspending any masseur or masseuse permit, shall give the masseur or masseuse at least ten (10) days written notice of the examination into his/her conviction record and the opportunity for a public hearing before the Chief of Police, at which hearing the Chief shall determine the relevant facts regarding the occurrence of the conviction.

Section 615.130 Facilities Necessary.

[CC 1983 §53.130]
A. 
No permit to conduct a massage establishment shall be issued unless an inspection by the City Building Inspector or his/her authorized representative reveals that the establishment meets each of the following minimum requirements:
1. 
Construction of rooms used for toilets, tubs, steambaths and showers shall be waterproof with approved waterproof materials.
2. 
Toilet facilities shall be provided in convenient locations. When five (5) or more employees and patrons of different sexes are on the premises at the same time, separate toilet facilities shall be provided. A single water closet per sex shall be provided for each twenty (20) or more employees or patrons of that sex on the premises at any one time. Urinals may be substituted for water closets after one (1) water closet has been provided. Toilets shall be designated as to the sex accommodated therein.
3. 
Lavatories or wash basins provided with both hot and cold running water shall be installed in either the toilet room or vestibule. Lavatories or wash basins shall be provided with soap in a dispenser and with sanitary towels.
B. 
The City Building Inspector shall certify that the proposed massage establishment complies with all of the requirements of this Section of the Chapter and shall give or send such certification to the Chief of Police.

Section 615.140 Operating Requirements.

[CC 1983 §53.140]
A. 
Every portion of a massage establishment, including appliances, apparatus, and personnel shall be kept clean and operated in a sanitary condition.
B. 
All employees shall be clean and wear clean outer garments whose use is restricted to the massage establishment. Provisions for a separate dressing room for each sex must be available on the premises with individual lockers for each employee. Doors to such dressing rooms shall open inward and shall be self-closing.
C. 
All employees, masseurs, and masseuses must be modestly attired. Diaphanous, flimsy, transparent, form-fitting, or tight clothing is prohibited. Clothing must cover the employee's, masseurs' chests at all times. Hemlines of skirts, dresses, or other such attire may be no higher than the top of the knee.
D. 
The private parts of patrons must be covered by towels, cloths, or undergarments when in the presence of employee, masseur, or masseuse. Any contact with a patron's genital area is strictly prohibited.
E. 
All massage establishments shall be provided with clean, laundered sheets and towels in sufficient quantity and shall be laundered after each use thereof and stored in approved sanitary manner.
F. 
Wet and dry heat rooms, shower compartments, and toilet rooms shall be thoroughly cleaned each day the business is in operation. Bathtubs shall be thoroughly cleaned after each use.
G. 
Advertising. No massage establishment granted a permit under provisions of this Chapter shall place, publish, or distribute or cause to be placed, published, or distributed any advertising matter that depicts any portion of the human body that would reasonably suggest to prospective patrons that any service is available other than those services as described in Section 615.020 of this Chapter, or that employees, masseurs, or masseuses, are dressed in any manner other than described in Subsection (C) of this Section, or shall any massage establishment indicate in the text of such advertising that any service is available other than those described services in Section 615.020.
H. 
All services enumerated in Section 615.020 of this Chapter must be carried on in one (1) cubicle, room, booth, or area within the massage establishment. No service enumerated in Section 615.020 of this Chapter may be carried on in any other cubicle, room, booth or area except where such cubicle, room, booth, or area has transparent doors or walls, such that all activity within the cubicle, room, booth, or area is visible from outside the same.
I. 
A massage establishment shall not carry on, engage in, or conduct business on Sunday and on other days shall not carry on, engage in, or conduct business before 8:00 A.M. or after 6:00 P.M.

Section 615.150 Daily Register.

[CC 1983 §53.150]
Every person who engages in or conducts a massage establishment shall keep a daily register, approved as to form by the Police Department, of all patrons, with names, addresses and hours of arrival and, if applicable, the rooms or cubicles assigned. Said daily register shall at all times during business hours be subject to inspection by Health Department officials and by the Police Department and shall be kept on file for one (1) year.

Section 615.160 Inspection.

[CC 1983 §53.160]
The Police Department and the Department of Public Health shall from time to time and at least twice a year, make an inspection of each massage establishment in the City of Hollister, for the purposes of determining that the provisions of this Chapter are complied with. Such inspections shall be made at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner. It shall be unlawful for any permittee to fail to allow such Inspection Officer access to the premises or to hinder such Officer in any manner.

Section 615.170 Transfer of Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.170]
No permit shall be transferable except with the written consent of the Chief of Police and the approval of the Department of Public Health; provided however, that upon the death or incapacity of the permittee the massage establishment may continue in business for a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transfer of permit.

Section 615.180 Applicability of Regulations to Existing Businesses.

[CC 1983 §53.180]
A. 
Holders of any outstanding massage establishment permit heretofore issued under any provisions of law are required to comply with all provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
Applicants for a masseur or masseuse permit may substitute three (3) years' continuous experience as a masseur or masseuse in lieu of the requirement of a diploma or certificate of graduation from a recognized school or other institution of learning wherein the method and work of massage is taught. Such masseur or masseuse must obtain an affidavit attesting to such experience from the owner of the establishment where the continuous three (3) years of experience occurred. If, after diligent effort, the masseur or masseuse is unable to obtain an affidavit from the owner, such masseur or masseuse may submit an affidavit from a person who had first hand knowledge of his/her continuous three (3) years of experience.

Section 615.190 Time Limit for Filing Application for Permit.

[CC 1983 §53.190]
All persons who possess any outstanding permit heretofore issued as either the operator of a massage establishment or as a masseur or masseuse must file for a new permit within six (6) months of the effective date of this Chapter.

Section 615.200 Exceptions.

[CC 1983 §53.200]
This Chapter shall not apply to hospitals, nursing homes, sanitariums, or persons holding an unrevoked certificate to practice the healing arts under the laws of the State of Missouri or to persons working under the direction of any such persons or in any such establishments.

Section 615.210 Enforcement.

[CC 1983 §53.210]
The Chief of Police may, after a public hearing, make and enforce reasonable rules and regulations not in conflict with, but to carry out, the intent of this Chapter.

Section 615.220 Violation and Penalty.

[CC 1983 §53.220]
Every person, except those persons who are specifically exempted by this Chapter, whether acting as an individual, owner, employee of the owner, operator or employee of the operator, or whether acting as a mere helper for the owner, employee or operator or acting as a participant or worker in any way, who gives a massage or conducts a massage establishment without first obtaining a permit and paying a license fee to do so from the City of Hollister, or shall violate any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.