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OVERVIEW ON THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS REGULATED BY POLICE(UPDATED MARCH 2017)S/NSubject MatterExempted MassageEstablishment (ME)Category (Cat) IIMassage Establishment (ME)Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Provisional Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Application/Registration Procedures1Application icenceNote: A 6-month grace period isgiven for the licensee to upgradeto a Cat I ME licence by meetingall the Cat I ME licensing criteria.Failing to do so may result in therevocation of the licence issued.2FeesNo payment is required.Licence fee is 525 for a year.Licence fee is 525 for a year.Licence fee is 525 for a year.3Criteria for ApplicantRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredAt least 21 years old at the timeof application.For a foreigner, he must hold avalid work permit or employmentpass.Licensing CriteriaNote: Sunk Investments eg renovation, purchase of equipment, rental of premise will not be regarded as grounds for a licence to be granted.Applicants should ensure that they have obtained the necessary ME licence/approval before starting the use or renovation works on the premise. Applicants are not requiredto submit any supporting documents at the point of application. However, the applicant may be requested to submit the supporting documents as required by the LicensingOfficer during the application process.1

S/N4Subject MatterLocationNote: All locations to operate a(Exempted, Cat II, Cat I orProvisional Cat I) massageestablishment are subjected tothe approval of the PoliceLicensing & RegulatoryDepartment.5Certification ofmasseuses/therapistsExempted MassageEstablishment (ME)Permitted premises includeshophouses, HDBneighbourhood centres, privateshopping centres, commercialcomplexes and hotels.Category (Cat) IIMassage Establishment (ME)To be situated away fromresidential areas, hospitals,schools and places of worshipNote: Cat II MEs are not allowedto operate within HDB residentialestates, including HDBcommercial complexes.Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Provisional Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Permitted premises includeshophouses, HDBneighbourhood centres, privateshopping centres, commercialcomplexes and hotels.Permitted premises includeshophouses, HDBneighbourhood centres, privateshopping centres, commercialcomplexes and hotels.NAAt least 80% of themasseuses/therapists are to havethe required certificationrecognised by the PoliceLicensing & RegulatoryDepartmentAt least 80% of themasseuses/therapists are to havethe required certificationrecognised by the PoliceLicensing & RegulatoryDepartmentAt least 80% of themasseuses/therapists are to havethe required certificationrecognised by the PoliceLicensing & RegulatoryDepartmentNote: Only certificatesrecognised by Police Licensing& Regulatory Department wouldbe considered.6CaseTrust(Consumers Association ofSingapore)NANAAccreditation by CaseTrustLetter of Acceptance fromCaseTrust7Capital Investment of at least 50,000/- in renovations, assetsor rental;NANARequiredRequiredNote: Applicants should ensurethat they have obtained thenecessary licence/approvalbefore starting any renovationworks on the premise.8Minimum of 2-year lease OR at2least 100m of floor areaNANARequiredRequired9All employees to have companyissued uniforms at all timesNARequiredRequiredRequired2

S/NSubject MatterExempted MassageEstablishment (ME)Category (Cat) IIMassage Establishment (ME)Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Provisional Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Operating requirements and Licensing Conditions(It is an offence under the Massage Establishment Act if the following requirements/conditions are not complied with accordingly)10Operating hoursNo restriction10am to 11pmNo restrictionNo restrictionOnly citizens, permanentresidents of Singapore andMalaysians with valid workpermits are allowed to work in theestablishment.Only citizens, permanentresidents of Singapore andMalaysians with valid workpermits will be considered for anemployee application to work inthe establishmentNo restrictionNo restrictionNote: The employment of foreignnationals is subjected to the quotadecided by the Ministry ofManpower.Note: The employment of foreignnationals is subjected to the quotadecided by the Ministry ofManpower.NA.Registration is required.Registration is required.Registration is required.No approval is required fromPolice Licensing & RegulatoryDepartment for employees to workin the Exempted ME.Note:Online approval for theregistration of all employees mustbe obtained from the PoliceLicensing & RegulatoryDepartment before they can beemployed to work in the ME.Note:Online approval for theregistration of all employees mustbe obtained from the PoliceLicensing & RegulatoryDepartment before they can beemployed to work in the ME.Note:Online approval for theregistration of all employees mustbe obtained from the PoliceLicensing & RegulatoryDepartment before they can beemployed to work in the ME.If an employee is to be deployedto work in different branches of acompany, a separate approval isto be obtained for each branch,i.e. one approval/application perbranch.If an employee is to be deployedto work in different branches of acompany, a separate approval isto be obtained for each branch,i.e. one approval/application perbranch.If an employee is to be deployedto work in different branches of acompany, a separate approval isto be obtained for each branch,i.e. one approval/application perbranch.All employees must be above theage of 18 years.All employees must be above theage of 18 years.All employees must be above theage of 18 years.(The Licensing Officerreserves the right to imposeshorter operating hours forresidential locations wherethere are law and order issuesor concerns over socialdisamenities.)1112Staff EmploymentRegistration of Employees(including admin staff, cleaner,cashier, masseuses , therapists,etc) working in the massageestablishment3

S/NSubject MatterExempted MassageEstablishment (ME)Category (Cat) IIMassage Establishment (ME)Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Provisional Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Submission of supportingdocumentsSubmission of supportingdocumentsSubmission of supportingdocumentsFor Malaysian employees, thelicensee has to submit a copy ofthe employee’s work permitFor all foreign nationals, thelicensee has to submit a copy ofthe employee’s work permit.For all foreign nationals, thelicensee has to submit a copy ofthe employee’s work permit .The licensee is not required tosubmit any qualificationcertificates of the employee forthis application.The licensee is not required tosubmit any qualificationcertificates of the employee forthis application.The licensee is not required tosubmit any qualificationcertificates of the employee forthis application.The qualification certificates ofmasseuses, therapists and/orfoot-reflexologists are onlyrequired to be submitted as one ofthe supporting documents for anapplication to operate a massageestablishment and a licencerenewal application.The qualification certificates ofmasseuses, therapists and/ orfoot-reflexologists are onlyrequired to be submitted as one ofthe supporting documents for anapplication to operate a massageestablishment and a licencerenewal application.The qualification certificates ofmasseuses, therapists and/orfoot-reflexologists are onlyrequired to be submitted as one ofthe supporting documents for anapplication to operate a massageestablishment and a licencerenewal application.Validity of Employee ApprovalThe approval for employment in aME as a masseuse, therapistand/or foot reflexologist is valid forup to one year and is tagged tothe expiry date of the employee’smedical screening result.Validity of Employee ApprovalThe approval for employment in aME as a masseuse, therapistand/or foot reflexologist is valid forup to one year and is tagged tothe expiry date of the employee’smedical screening result.There is no expiry date for allother employments i.e. manager,cleaner, cashier etc. A one- timeapproval is given to employeesworking in positions other than asa masseuse, therapist and/or footreflexologist.There is no expiry date for allother employments i.e. manager,cleaner, cashier etc. A one- timeapproval is given to employeesworking in positions other than asa masseuse, therapist and/or footreflexologist.4

S/NSubject Matter13Annual medical health screeningfor employees who will beworking as masseuses,therapists and/or footreflexologistsExempted MassageEstablishment (ME)NACategory (Cat) IIMassage Establishment (ME)All employees who will be workingas masseuses, therapists and/orfoot reflexologists would need toundergo and pass the annualmedical health screening.The DSC medical screeningnumber is a compulsory field forthe registration of employees whowill be working as masseuses,therapists and/ or footreflexologists.Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)NAProvisional Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Prior to the upgrading to a Cat IMEAll employees working asmasseuses, therapists and/or footreflexologists are required toundergo and pass their medicalscreening.The DSC medical screeningnumber is a compulsory field forthe registration of employees whowill be working as masseuses,therapists and/ or footreflexologists.Renewal of Employee Approval/Medical Screening ResultRenewal of Employee Approval/Medical Screening ResultThe Police Licensing & RegulatoryDepartment will send a renewalnotice informing the licensee tosend his employee for anotherround of medical screening, 2months prior to the expiry of themedical screening result of anemployee working as amasseuse, therapist and/or footreflexologist.The Police Licensing & RegulatoryDepartment will send a renewalnotice informing the licensee tosend his employee for anotherround of medical screening, 2months prior to the expiry of themedical screening result of anemployee working as amasseuse, therapist and/or footreflexologist.If the new medical screeningresult is obtained before theexpiry of the existing medicalscreening resultIf the new medical screeningresult is obtained before theexpiry of the existing medicalscreening resultLicensees are not required tosubmit any application or toupdate the Police Licensing &Regulatory Department on thenew screening numbers. ThePolice Licensing & RegulatoryDepartment will automaticallyprocess the Employee RenewalLicensees are not required tosubmit any application or toupdate the Police Licensing &Regulatory Department on thenew screening numbers. ThePolice Licensing & RegulatoryDepartment will automaticallyprocess the Employee Renewal5

S/N14Subject MatterLayoutExempted MassageEstablishment (ME)NACategory (Cat) IIMassage Establishment (ME)Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Provisional Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)application. No payment isrequired.application. No payment isrequired.Upon Lapse of the MedicalScreening ResultUpon Lapse of the MedicalScreening ResultEmployees, working asmasseuses, therapists and/or footreflexologists, are not allowed tocontinue to work in the ME oncetheir existing medical screeningresults have lapsed and are notrenewed on time.Employees, working asmasseuses, therapists and/or footreflexologists, are not allowed tocontinue to work in the ME oncetheir existing medical screeningresults have lapsed and are notrenewed on time.Licensee will have to submit freshapplications to re-register hisemployees via LicenceOne usingthe new medical screeningnumbers obtained.Licensee will have to submit freshapplications to re-register hisemployees via LicenceOne usingthe new medical screeningnumbers obtained.To be compliedTo be compliedTo be compliedLocking devices are not allowedto be installed for the doors ofthe massage or treatment roomsRooms used by staff eg restroom and office should haveproper signages with a No entrysign to prevent unauthorisedentry by customersAll rooms shall be numberedand the numbering should beshown on the layout planRooms for massage must beclear of permanent or temporaryobjects or structures, such aspaintings or screens, so thatthere is a clear view of therooms when the doors areopened.6

S/NSubject MatterExempted MassageEstablishment (ME)Category (Cat) IIMassage Establishment (ME)Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)Provisional Category (Cat) IMassage Establishment (ME)15Serving of alcohol in the MENo restrictionNot allowedAllowedAllowed16Admission of customers basedon their ageNo restrictionNo person below the age of 18years shall be permitted to enterand remain in the establishmentunless approval is granted by theLicensing Officer.No restrictionNo restriction17Separate facilities for male andfemale clientsNARequiredNANA18Male bodyworkmasseuse/therapist to providemassage to female clientsNo restrictionNot allowedAllowedAllowed7

Massage Establishment (ME) Category (Cat) I Massage Establishment (ME) Provisional Category (Cat) I Massage Establishment (ME) 4 Location Note: All locations to operate a (Exempted, Cat II, Cat I or Provisional Cat I) massage establishment are subjected to the approval of the Police