Listed below are the applications for a new license or permit. Before you begin, look at our instructions on how to apply for a business license.
License and Permit Applications
Block Event: A temporary gathering of people in the street or an alley. This license is for commercial block events. A Security Plan and Security Personnel. A separate permit is required for National Night Out or residential block events.
Carnival: A traveling show with acts, games, vending machines, or amusement rides.
Children’s Rides: Amusement rides for children operated by a coin or animal.
Christmas Tree Dealers: The sale, trade or giving away of any tree used as a Christmas tree. This does not include artificial trees less than 36 inches used by florists for decoration.
Circus: A traveling show with acrobats, clowns, entertainers and/or trained animals.
Event Food Sponsor Permit: Food and drinks served to the public at community events need an Event Food Sponsor Permit.
Farmers’ Market: A market where growers can sell their goods to customers. Each Vendor must have a Seasonal Food Permit.
Farmers Market Distributor: The sale or resale of prepackaged foods at farmers markets. This includes farmers who sell produce purchased from a wholesaler.
Farmers Market Manufacturer: The sale of ready to eat foods at farmers markets.
Film Permits: Film or video projects in the City of Minneapolis.
Flea Market: A temporary sale of arts, crafts, antiques or secondhand goods.
Flower Cart Vendor: The sale of fresh cut flowers on sidewalks or Nicollet Mall from a movable cart.
Gambling, Charitable: A permit for licensed gambling groups and nonprofits. Gambling includes paying games of chance for money.
Going Out of Business Sale: The sale of merchandise due to a business closing or a disaster such as fire or water.
Innovative and Emerging Small Business Pilot Program: Businesses that currently are not allowed in Minneapolis.
Parking Lot Class C – Temporary Events: A parking lot near the TCF stadium with event parking for up to 15 days per year.
Seasonal Food Permit: The sale of food or drinks at farmers markets or three or more community events. You may have two stands for each permit.
Short Term Food Permit: The sale of food or drink at community events. You may have two stands for each permit. You may operate up to 10 days at one event.
Street Photographer: The business of taking photographs of anyone on the street or sidewalk.
Tattoo/Body Art Establishment, Temporary Event Sponsor: A temporary license for a convention or guest artist event. The state requires each tattooist and body piercer to get a Guest Artist License.
Temporary Expansion of License: Businesses with an on-sale liquor, wine, or 3.2 beer may apply for a permit to
- operate in an area next to their licensed premises and/or
- add entertainment and/or
- operate later than regular hours
Temporary Extended Hours: Any licensed business that does not serve alcohol may stay open than regular hours.
Temporary On-Sale 3.2 Beer (Liquor or Wine): Charitable, religious, non-profit organizations, microdistilleries and breweries may serve beer (liquor or wine) at an event. A licensed on-sale beer, liquor, or wine business must provide liquor insurance and servers. Example: Fundraising events.
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.
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Last updated Oct 9, 2020