See more: Health Health permits Permits for massage, tattoo, piercing establishments and practitioners. Services Massage permits Change the owner of your massage establishment The new owner must get a background check. The business may need more permits if remodeling. Work as a massage therapist or practitioner in SF You must hold a valid SF license or certification from CAMTC. You may need other permits. Body art permits Body art permits Get a permit to open a tattoo, body piercing, branding or permanent cosmetic business.