Massage Therapy

NOTE TO CONSUMERS: Every massage therapist working in the Town of Los Gatos must have either a valid and current California Certification or a valid and current permit from the Police Department. They must also each have a business license. If you use the services of a massage therapist in Town, including foot massage, please ask to see their state certification ID card or their Police Department Permit ID card before agreeing to a service. Please also look for their business license which should be prominently displayed at the establishment. This is to protect you! Please notify the Police Department if you believe someone is practicing massage without the proper certifications at 408-354-8600.


The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) accepts applications for state certification for massage therapist and massage practitioner. Please visit the CAMTC for information and an application. You must either be certified by CAMTC or permitted by the Police Department in order to practice massage therapy in the Town of Los Gatos. You must also obtain a business license from the Town whether you are certified by the State or permitted by the Town.

Massage Therapy Ordinance

The Town of Los Gatos has adopted an ordinance regulating massage therapy establishments. The ordinance language can be found in Chapter 14 of the Los Gatos Municipal Code.

Massage Therapy Ordinance - Permit Process

A person desiring to practice massage therapy in the Town of Los Gatos must submit an application to obtain a permit to practice massage therapy. The permitting process, which is outlined in the Town Code has several steps:

  • Completing an Application
  • Participating in a Background Check (Fingerprinting, Criminal History Check, and Photograph)
  • Documenting Required Education (300 Hours)
  • Providing a Copy of Insurance
  • Paying Permit Fees
  • Obtaining a Business License

Contact Information

The Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department is located at 110 E. Main Street. Any member of the police records staff can assist you in beginning the application process during business hours, Monday - Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Taxi Permit

Business License Applications are available online. The license tax due can be determined based on the type of business activity. Those businesses which are based on retail sales, wholesale, manufacturing and/or jobbing have taxes based on sliding scale. All other businesses have taxes based on flat fees as set forth in Town Code Sec. 14.20.115. Flat-fee based businesses are pro-rated, by quarter, from the date of application to the end of the year.

Please visit our Business License Page for more information:

Below is a link to the current application:

Taxicab Company

CCW Permit

The Chief of Police is given the statutory discretion to issue a license to carry a firearm to residents within the community (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code 26155).

In order to qualify for a license to carry a firearm, the applicant must meet certain requirements,

  • Be a resident of the Town of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department (Penal Code §26150; Penal Code § 26155).
  • Be at least 21 years of age (Penal Code § 29610).
  • Fully complete an application that will include substantial personal information. Much of the information in the application may be subject to public access under the Public Records Act.
  • Be free from criminal convictions that would disqualify the applicant from carrying a firearm.
    Fingerprints will be required and a complete criminal background check will be conducted.
  • Be of good moral character (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code § 26155). The applicant shall provide at least three letters of character reference.
  • Show good cause for the issuance of the license (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code §26155).
  • Pay all associated application fees. These fees are set by statute and may not be refunded
    if the application is denied.
  • Provide proof of ownership or registration of any firearm to be licensed.
  • Be free from any psychological conditions that might make the applicant unsuitable for carrying a firearm (Penal Code §26190).
  • Complete required training (Penal Code § 26165).

The application process for a license to carry a firearm shall consist of two phases. Upon the
successful completion of each phase, the applicant will advance to the next phase until the process is completed and the license is either issued or denied.

If there are questions regarding the application process, contact Sergeant Kalipo Kauweloa via email or by telephone at (408) 354-6848.