Borough of West View, PA
Allegheny County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Borough of West View 3-5-1975 by Ord. No. 1171 (Ch. 80 of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Department of Health — See Ch. 23.

Building construction — See Ch. 116.

§ 176-1
Definitions. 

§ 176-2
License required. 

§ 176-3
Licensing requirements for health clubs. 

§ 176-4
License requirements for massage technicians. 

§ 176-5
Revocation of licenses. 

§ 176-6
Deferred compliance with license requirements. 

§ 176-7
Administration; appeals. 

§ 176-8
Violations and penalties. 

§ 176-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

BODY MASSAGE
The application to the human body by the hands or mechanical apparatus of any touching, stroking, friction, kneading, vibration, percussion, oil or alcohol rubs; any mechanotherapy; the application of any hot or cold packs, heat, cold or salt glows; or the use of any cabinet, tub, shower, sitz, sauna, vapor, steam or any other special type of bath.
HEALTH CLUB
Any establishment which offers service in the form of body massages, baths, exercises or similar services in combination to club members or to the public for a charge, fee or donation, but excluding hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics and the office or quarters of licensed health profession practitioners.
MASSAGE TECHNICIAN
Any masseur (male) and masseuse (female) who administers body massage to any other person for a charge, fee or donation; but excluding persons licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to practice medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy, podiatry, nursing and physical therapy, and barbers, beauticians and manicurists insofar as they deal with the head, hands and feet.
PERSONS
Includes a firm, partnership, association of persons, corporation, organization or any other group acting as a unit.

§ 176-2 License required.

No health club or massage technician may operate or practice within the Borough of West View without a license to so operate or practice, which license shall be issued upon proper application to the Borough Manager, fulfillment of the requirements set forth herein and payment of a fee of $50 per year for a health club and $25 per year for a massage technician. Licenses granted under this chapter shall be renewed yearly and may be revoked for any failure to comply with this chapter.

§ 176-3 Licensing requirements for health clubs.

No health club shall be granted a license to operate until the following requirements are fulfilled:

A. 

All Zoning, Building, Fire, Electrical, Plumbing and Health Codes applicable to the Borough of West View shall be complied with.

Editor's Note: See Ch. 290, Zoning; Ch. 116, Building Construction; and Ch. 164, Fire Prevention. Plumbing and health regulations of the Department of Health of Allegheny County are applicable and enforced in the Borough of West View.

B. 

An application for a license shall include the names of all owners, stockholders and managing personnel, their addresses and occupations, and satisfactory proof that they have not been convicted of any violation of laws proscribing prostitution, obscenity, indecency or pornography.

C. 

Plans and specifications of the quarters proposed to be occupied shall be submitted to the Borough Manager, which shall include details of entrances, partitions, windows, openings, ventilation, plumbing fixtures, water supply and waste and vent connections. Such quarters must be equipped with separate toilet and lavatory facilities for patrons and personnel, and a service sink for custodial services. No part of the quarters may be used for or connected with any bedroom or sleeping quarters.

D. 

All tables, tubs, shower stalls and floors, with the exception of reception and administrative areas, shall be of nonporous materials which may be readily disinfected.

E. 

Closed containers must be provided for wet towels and waste material.

F. 

All equipment, shower stalls, toilets, lavatories, tubs, cabinets and other accouterments of the establishment shall be regularly treated with disinfectants and shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.

G. 

As a condition of receiving a license, the owners and operators of the health club must expressly grant access to health, plumbing, fire, electrical and other authorized Borough inspectors to any part of the quarters of the health club for purposes of inspection at all reasonable times.

H. 

The health club must require and retain on file certificates of good health issued by a licensed physician for all employees practicing any services of the health club. Such certificates shall be renewed every six months.

I. 

No health club shall serve any patrons infected with any fungus or skin infection.

J. 

All personnel shall wash their hands in hot, running water, using proper soap or disinfectants, before giving any service or treatment to each separate patron.

K. 

All towels and tissues and all sheets or other coverings shall be used singularly for each patron and discarded for laundry or disposal immediately after use.

L. 

Nondisposable tools or equipment shall be disinfected after use upon one patron.

M. 

The applicant must have a valid lease or title to the quarters which meet the requirements of this chapter.

N. 

No body massage shall be provided to the genitals of the patron.

§ 176-4 License requirements for massage technicians.

A. 

No person shall be granted a license to practice as a massage technician without satisfactory proof of the following:

(1) 

That the applicant is at least 18 years of age.

(2) 

That the applicant has never been convicted of prostitution, obscenity, indecency or a related crime.

(3) 

That the applicant has a diploma from a recognized school of massage having a curriculum approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, certifying that he or she has completed 400 hours of study in the basic subjects of anatomy, physiology, hygiene, hydrotherapy, technique of massage, clinical internship, contraindications of massage and physical and mechanical exercise. In lieu of the requirements of this subsection, the applicant can furnish equivalent credentials by way of experience and training of at least one year's duration.

B. 

The license shall contain a photograph of the massage technician and shall be carried on the person of the massage technician or conspicuously displayed in the health club wherein the massage technician is employed.

C. 

The application for a license shall contain the name, address, social security number, photograph and fingerprints of the applicant and shall be kept on file in the Borough office. Photographing and fingerprinting shall be done by the West View Police Department.

§ 176-5 Revocation of licenses.

The Borough Manager may revoke the license of a health club or massage technician upon satisfactory proof of any of the following:

A. 

That the licensee does not meet the licensing requirements of this chapter.

B. 

That the licensee has been convicted of prostitution, obscenity, indecency, promoting prostitution, keeping or maintaining a disorderly house or a related crime or offense.

C. 

That the licensee has diagnosed or treated classified diseases, practiced spinal adjustments or prescribed medicines.

D. 

That the licensee is guilty of fraud or willful negligence in the practice of body massage.

E. 

That the licensee is a habitual user of narcotics or other drugs.

F. 

That the licensee has allowed or permitted an unlicensed person to perform body massage.

G. 

That the licensee has provided body massage to the genitals of any patron.

H. 

That the licensee has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or other applicable ordinances of the Borough of West View, any laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any laws of the United States of America. Any violation by an employee of a health club or by a massage technician shall be considered a violation by the health club.

§ 176-6 Deferred compliance with license requirements.

The owner or manager of any health club operating in the Borough of West View as of the effective date of this chapter may apply for and may be granted by the Borough Manager a grace period not to exceed six months in order to comply with § 176-3C and D. With these exceptions, this chapter becomes effective upon all health clubs and proposed health clubs upon enactment.

§ 176-7 Administration; appeals.

A. 

This chapter shall be administered by the Borough Manager or a licensing officer appointed by him.

B. 

An appeal from the denial of a license or the revocation of a license shall be filed with the Borough Manager within 15 days of such action and shall be heard and determined by the Public Safety Committee of Borough Council within 30 days of the filing of the appeal. The applicant or licensee shall be informed in writing five days prior to the hearing of the reasons for the denial or revocation of the license.

§ 176-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-2-1977 by Ord. No. 1191]

Any person who violates this chapter shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of the payment of the fine and costs, to 30 days' imprisonment. In addition, any health club which is found to operate without a current license shall suffer the immediate revocation of its occupancy permit and shall not be permitted to operate.