State of Rhode Island
The two sites listed below will link you to the laws governing massage therapy licensing and practice. Please read them through to understand how the States view and regulates our profession. If you have questions the American Massage Therapy Association Government Relations office or we here at you local chapter may be able to help you.

Massage Therapy Practice Act

Rules and Regulation for Licensing Massage Therapists

Massage Therapy Examining Board
meetings dates

Resources for small businesses

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website – in both English and Spanish — is full of information and tools for the entrepreneur and small business owner.
  • The RI SBA District Office Resource Guide is available on-line.
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  • The RI Secretary of the State’s Business Portal and RI Division of Taxation websites have useful information for businesses.
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Rhode Island Municipalities
This list is a work in progress.

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The Bristol town website listed has two references to massage therapy practices in their zoning laws. You will have to contact the town clerk for the appropriate paper work and check with the zoning board. It also appears you may need to be approved by the planning board. Massage therapists are allowed to practice in zones L,G,D,W and M. (M has this restriction “Uses permitted only upon approval of the zoning board are denoted with an “S” for a special use permit.”) Further investigation will be needed to figure out where those allowed zones are.

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Central Falls:
This ordinance is very extensive consisting of sections a-z. If you can jump through all the hooped required to get an establishment license in this city good luck. It would appear Central Falls does not want any type of massage establishment in their city.

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The Coventry website is very helpful the first link below provides information on what you need to do to apply for a business license. The second link provides the ordinance information for massage therapy establishments.

The city of Cranston has an extensive ordinance for massage therapy establishments. This link will provide you with all the information you will need to establish a business. Bring your massage license, Cranston’s ordinance distinguishes between massage therapy businesses and body work businesses.

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East Greenwich:
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East Providence:
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References found regarding massage on the Exeter town website refer to doing massage out of ones home. You would need to contact the town clerk and look into the zoning laws for Exeter. This link is to the one reference to massage in the zoning ordinance.

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Hopkington still refers to massage businesses as massage parlors and regulations fall under adult entertainment. You will find references to massage in Section 36. – Adult entertainment use selections h&i.

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Little Compton:

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New Shoreham – Block Island
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North Kingstown:
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North Providence:
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North Smithfield:
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This link will guide you through the permitting process.
This link will connect you to Chapter 130: Body Works Services

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Providences reference to massage therapy establishments falls under their ordinance regulation for Body Works Services, in which it states that massage therapist are exempt from this particular ordinance. This link is for ARTICLE XII. – BODY WORKS SERVICES. It is best to familiarize yourself with this ordinance. Be sure to take your massage therapy license with you when applying for a business license.

The link below also offers zoning information for massage practices.

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South Kingstown:
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Warwick has long been a city that has made it difficult to establish a massage therapy business, although it can be done. Be prepared for some frustration.

West Greenwich:
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West Warwick:
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