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Hotels, Motels and Lodging

A hotel or motel is generally defined as a building or structure:

  1. Kept, used, maintained, advertised or held out to the public to be a place where sleeping or rooming accommodations are furnished to the general public
  2. For less than one week
  3. With or without meals.

In Minneapolis, hotels and motels must be licensed. Before operating a hotel or motel, the owner or operator is required to file an application with Minneapolis Business Licensing for a license to operate.

Hotels and motels are inspected regularly under the Minneapolis Code of Ordinance Chapter 297.

Any concerns of unsanitary appearance or other conditions in the operation of the facility which may constitute a substantial hazard to the public health can be reported online to the Minneapolis Health Department.

Sex trafficking prevention training required annually

Minnesota law requires hotel and motel owners, managers and employees to complete sex trafficking prevention training every year. The initial training under this law was required by November 28, 2018.  

The Minnesota lodging industry is an important partner in preventing sex trafficking. 

Has your business met the training requirements?

The Sex Trafficking Prevention and Response Training is yours to use for free.

The training includes:
Manager and owner training toolkit • Trainee guide • Poster set for display
Guided training presentation • The role of hotels and motels • Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The training was developed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Lodging Association 
to meet the sex trafficking awareness prevention training requirements for most hotels and motels in Minnesota.

Corporate trainings

Businesses may use their own training if:

1. The training has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health. To have your training reviewed
by the Minnesota Department of Health, contact Caroline Palmer at [email protected] or
651-201-5492, or Beatriz Menanteau at [email protected] or 651-201-4154.

2. The training, at a minimum, must include instruction on:

Excluded employees

Some employees are excluded from the sex trafficking prevention training. Employees are exempt if they:

In Minnesota, youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals.

At MDH Sex Trafficking Prevention and Response Training learn about:

Do you have questions? Contact an Environmental Health supervisor by calling 311 (outside Minneapolis call 612-673-3000) or email [email protected].

Bed bugs

Not all guests are welcome! 

Bed bug information for hotels and motels - English, Spanish

Bed bug information for lodging residences - English, Spanish


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Last updated Dec 23, 2020



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