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Q: May I run a massage therapy business in my home, if I live in Marion county, indianapolis, Indiana, 46241

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Michael Ray Smith
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  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: I cannot answer your question off the top of my head, but the two areas of possible concern:

(1) Are Indiana massage therapists, in general, subject to laws that would prohibit you from practicing in your home? Sources of possible restrictions include the provisions of the Indiana Code that deal with massage therapists and the rules of the Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy, which is part of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

(2) Are there any restrictions that apply specifically to your home that would prohibit you from practicing massage therapy there? The likely sources of restrictions are the Indianapolis/Marion County zoning regulations and the rules of your homeowners' association (if there is one). If you have a homeowners' association, the rules are likely incorporated into a covenant that might have been referenced in your deed. (If you rent, ask your landlord if there is a homeowners' association.)

Naturally, you can do all the research yourself, but even once you do that, you will not be sure there is not something out there that you didn't find. My recommendation is to consult an Indiana attorney. Even if the attorney also has to research the question, you will be more confident in the answer.

Good luck with your business.

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