I have obtained and read Columbia County Code Chapter 22 Business Regulations Article IV Massage Service. All requirements of the chapter have been met.
(1) Either the applicant, if a natural person, or the officer with authority to bind the applicant who signs the application, if an entity applicant, must be a state licensed massage therapist and must reside within 50 miles of the premise location of the massage business
(2) Citizenship; residency. A license will be issued only to a person who is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.. Where an applicant is other than a natural person, it must be an entity organized and existing under the laws of the United States or one of its states, an agent of the entity must meet the qualifications set forth herein.
a. Where the applicant for a license is an entity other than a natural person, the application shall be made jointly in the name of the entity
and an officer having authority to bind the entity. Said entity shall be registered to do business in the State of Georgia.
b. Licenses issued to entities must be issued jointly to the entity and all of the other persons required by this section to join in the application.
All respective partners, officers, directors, or members, as applicable, shall be responsible for the actions of the named licensee and the conduct of the licensed business.
(3) The following individuals are not eligible for an operator's license, even if they possess all of the qualifications listed herein.
a. Any person convicted in the last ten years of any offenses involving the use of or threat of force or violence upon the person of another; any offenses involving narcotics, dangerous drugs, or dangerous weapons; any felony involving moral turpitude; any offenses involving sexual behavior, whether felony or misdemeanor, as set out in O.C.G.A. Title 16, Crimes and Offenses, Chapter 6, Sexual Offenses. For the purpose of this subsection, a conviction shall include a finding or verdict of guilty, plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere in a criminal proceeding regardless of whether the adjudication of guilt or sentence is withheld or not entered thereon pursuant to provisions of O.C.G.A. §§ 42-8-60 through 42-8-64, relating to first offenders, or any comparable rule or statute.
b. Any person who has been found to employ any person who is not a licensed massage practitioner under state law and allowing or permitting such person to administer massage in the establishment except as may be allowed by state law.
c. Any person who allows the use of an individual's state issued massage license by an unlicensed person.
d. Any person who has knowingly provided false or forged information to the board of commissioners in obtaining a license under this article.
e. Any person who has used or attempted to use an operator's license that has expired or been revoked.
f. Any person who violates Georgia Rules, Chapter 345, Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, 345-6, Professional and Unprofessional Conduct on the premises.
g. Any person who violates a provision of this article.
To my knowledge, all persons having any ownership interest in or control over the land or building containing the establishment to be operated pursuant to the license being applied for, meet the same character requirements as those set forth for the licensee.
All taxes or fees due to Columbia County and/or the State of Georgia have been paid.
The establishment complies with all applicable building and fire codes and all applicable government laws and regulations.
I certify that to my knowledge all of the information contained within this application is true and correct and that I have truthfully and as completely as possible responded to all questions and requirements of this application.