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Massage Establishments

When to Apply

You are required to obtain an establishment license from the Board of Massage and Bodywork for each location where you are operating a Massage Establishment as defined by 24 Del. C. §5302 and Section 12.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations. Submit an application when any of the following occurs:

  • You own an existing unlicensed massage/bodywork business and this is your first application for establishment licensure.
  • You are opening a new establishment.
  • The ownership of an existing establishment is changing (regardless of whether the name is changing).
  • The name of an existing establishment is changing (regardless of whether the owner is changing).
  • The location of an existing establishment is changing.

The establishment may need other licenses and permits (such as, a business license from the Division of Revenue or permit from the town/city where the establishment operates).

When NOT to Apply

You are NOT required to submit an application for an establishment if you are practicing in any of the following facilities (24 Del. C. §5302 (4)):

  • long-term care facility as defined in 16 Del. C. §1131(4)
  • hospital as defined in 16 Del. C. §1001(3)
  • physician’s office
  • physical therapy facility
  • chiropractic office
  • athletic training facility whether or not they employ, contract with, or rent to massage therapists
  • institution of higher education when a school employee(s) practices massage therapy on its athletic teams
  • currently licensed cosmetology/barbering establishment
  • another business establishment licensed under Title 24 of Delaware law.

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


In addition to submitting the application DELPROS, you must submit:

  • A detailed floor plan or copies of blueprints that includes entrances and exits, length and width of establishment in feet, the total square feet and location of restrooms.
  • If incorporated, the owner must submit a copy of the corporate charter and a statement of the registered agent.
  • A list showing the names, addresses, license numbers and expiration dates for each owner, director, corporate officer, and employee listed on the application


All persons providing professional services in the establishment must hold the appropriate professional license.
There is no fee for this license at this time.
See the Board of Massage and Bodywork License Law and Rules and Regulations for more information.


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