Community Planning & Economic Development

Business Licenses & Consumer Services
350 S. 5th Street, Room 1
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2080
Fax: (612) 673-3399


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Apply for a Business License

Applications for all licenses are available on our website.   Each application has a complete set of requirements. Before you begin, look at the following.

  1. Take your completed application to the Minneapolis Development Review Office. Parking is available.
  2. A License Inspector will review the application, inspect the premises, and contact you.
  3. If you have any questions, contact a License Inspector.

Tips to help you succeed

  1. Start early.  Many divisions may need to complete inspections and approvals. 
  2. Follow the checklist.  The first page of every license application packet lists everything we need.  If you fill out the entire application, this will reduce delays. 
  3. Learn the rules.  Before you sign a lease, ask if it can be contingent on getting your license.  Zoning staff can tell you the types of businesses allowed at the location.  You may need to give us a floor plan.  You may also need other permits for building, plumbing or mechanical work.  For more information, call or visit the Minneapolis Development Review Office.


Contact Business Licenses.
For reasonable accommodations, or alternative formats, call or email 311. People who are deaf, or hard of hearing, can use a relay service to call 311 at 612- 673-3000.TTY users can call 612- 673-2157 or 612- 673-2626.
Para asistencia 612- 673-2700. Yog xav tau kev pab hu 612- 637-2800. Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.


Last updated Aug 22, 2019



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People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-263-6850.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 

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