The city significantly tightened its Massage Ordinance in July 2011, after a number of south metro massage therapy businesses were implicated in prostitution scandals. At the time, the Burnsville Council made a number of changes:
- Prior to July 2011, only the license holder (presumably the business owner) had to submit to a criminal background check and provide proof of training. After the change, these requirements extended to all of their employees and contractors as well.
- Required training hours increased from 100 to 500.
- As per the updated ordinance, business owners could be penalized if they knowingly employed a therapist with a history of prostitution or sex-related convictions.
- Business owners who have lost their license —in Burnsville or a neighboring city —are not be able to obtain a license at all.
- Regular inspections and a comprehensive set of standards as to "what conditions are acceptable."
- Adding in a requirement detailing "appropriate body coverings for employees and customers."
- Adding in "operational requirements," mandating appropriate advertising and visibility into the business from the street.
- The city could also impose residency requirements.