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Brick Passes New Ordinance to Regulate Massage Businesses

Massage. (Credit: Hamza Butt/Flickr)

Massage. (Credit: Hamza Butt/Flickr)

Brick officials have passed a new ordinance which regulates massage businesses in town, replacing an older ordinance that has become outdated, officials said.

Under the measure, which passed unanimously by the township council Tuesday night, massage businesses must register with the township clerk and provide the clerk with a copy of a state-issued massage license.

Additionally, the ordinance states that any person employed by a massage business must also possess a license and file it with the clerk’s office. The businesses must carry at least $10,000 in liability insurance per claim and an additional $10,000 in insurance for each employee. Brick will charge a licensing fee of $200.

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The regulations do not apply to physicians’ offices or those with other medical credentials, such as chiropractors and physical therapists.

A business owner who is out of compliance will be subject the township’s general penalty ordinance, which provides for monetary fines and up to 30 days in the county jail.