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A-Z License Applications

Amusement Mechanical Device: Mechanical, electronic, and video games for customers to play with a coin or token. Each machine must have a license. Here are a few examples.

Amusement, (Arcade) Place of: Any place that has three or more amusement mechanical devices (arcade machines).

Asphalt Shingles and Roofing Material: A business that makes asphalt shingles or roofing materials.

Bed and Breakfast:  Overnight lodging and breakfast in a private home to guests for a fee.

Billboard Erector:   Installing, fixing, or removing billboards.

Block Event: A temporary gathering of people in the street or an alley. This license is for commercial block events.  A separate permit is required for National Night Out or residential block events.

Body Art Establishment: A business offering tattooing and/or body piercing. The state requires each tattooist and body piercer to get a license.

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.

Bodywork, Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Commercial: A business offering massage services to customers. A license is not required for medical massage services.

Bodywork, Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Home-based and/or Single Operator: A business offering massage services

Building Wrecker: Tearing down buildings.

Butcher Shop: The sale of meat, poultry, and/or fish. 

Car Wash: A business with equipment to wash cars and trucks.  This includes self-service car washes. A license is not required for a repair garage or a gas station with a car wash. 

Carnival: A traveling show with acts, games, vending machines, or amusement rides.

Caterer: A restaurant or business preparing and/or serving food at an event. The customer pays for all food and expenses. There is nothing available for individual sale. A license is not required for delivery of food such as box lunches or pizza.

Charitable Gambling: A permit for licensed gambling groups and nonprofits. Gambling includes paying games of chance for money.

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.

Cocktail Room: A microdistillery that sells the distilled spirits they make for drinking at their brewery. 

Coffee Shop: A restaurant that serves coffee and light meals. You may also have food for carryout or delivery. If there are 13 or more seats, you need a restaurant license. If there are 12 or fewer seats, you need a food manufacturer license.

Commercial Animal Care Provider: (Formerly known as Pet Shop.) The sale, grooming, breeding, or any other care of animals, reptiles, fish or birds. 

Community Kitchen: A commercial kitchen used by community members or businesses. This includes using the kitchen for cooking classes.

Confectionery: The sale of ready-to-eat snacks and drinks. The following businesses have confectionary licenses:

Congregate (Institutional) Food Service: Meals served in a group setting.  This includes child care centers, hospital cafeterias, schools, or senior living facilities. 

Courtesy Bench: Any bench near the street used by the public. 

Dance Hall: A place where people pay to dance.

Dancing School: A school where people pay to learn dance.

Donation Collection Bin: A container for the public to donate items to reuse or recycling.

Dry Cleaner: Cleaning and dying of clothing with chemicals other than water.  

Dry Cleaning Pick Up Station: A business that accepts clothing to launder, dry clean, dye, or iron for a fee. Pick up stations do not need a license.

Duct Cleaner:   Cleaning air circulation or exhaust systems.

Entertainment, Place of: A business offering entertainment to the public. Examples include

A Place of Entertainment license is not required for the following:

Event Food Sponsor Permit: Food and drinks served to the public at community events need an Event Food Sponsor Permit.

Market Managers are responsible for:

Your Event Food Sponsor Permit includes one free Short-Term Food Permit.

A permit is not required for vendors who only serve non-hazardous drinks from a keg, bottle or can, without ice and without garnish.

Exhibition, Temporary Market, Flea Market: A temporary sale of arts, crafts, antiques or secondhand goods.

Extended Hours of Operation: Any business that is open later than their legal hours.

Farmers’ Market: A market where growers can sell their goods to customers. Each Vendor must have a Seasonal Food Permit.

Licenses are not required for the following Exempt Vendors: 

Poultry Processors - Farmers selling their own poultry slaughtered at an MDA inspected facility. No extra ingredients.  Register at the State of Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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. 

Fire Extinguisher Servicing: Testing, fixing, and charging portable fire extinguishers.  

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.

Food Cart:  The sale of pre-packaged or ready-to-eat foods from a movable cart. There are three types of food cart licenses.

Food Distributor:  The sale of pre-packaged foods.

Food Manufacturer (Restaurant, Small): Preparing and serving foods for dining in, carry out or delivery. There are 12 or fewer seats for customers. 

Food Shelf: A nonprofit organization that gives food to people in need. 

Food Truck: A truck cooking and selling food. 

Fuel Dealer: The sale of fuel such as firewood, coal, or oil. Licenses are not required for

Gambling, Charitable: A permit for licensed gambling groups and nonprofits. Gambling includes paying games of chance for money.

Garbage Hauler: Collection and disposal of solid waste. The license is called Solid Waste Hauler.

Gas Fitter: Installing and repairing gas burning equipment and systems.

Gasoline Filling Station: The sale of gasoline or other fuels to the public­­­.

Going Out of Business Sale: The sale of merchandise due to a business closing or a disaster such as fire or water.

Grocery: The sale of food and food accessories. This may include

Some grocery stores also sell household items. 

Grocery, Accessory Use: A grocery store that sells only specialized types of foods.  This can include imported food stores, gift shops or department stores.

Grocery Truck: A grocery truck selling groceries.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, HVAC Class A: Cleaning air circulation or exhaust systems and supervising the work of others.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, HVAC Class B (Duct Cleaner): Cleaning air circulation or exhaust systems.

Horse and Carriage Livery Services: A horse-drawn carriage for hire.  

Hotel / Motel: A business that rents rooms for overnight lodging.

Innovative and Emerging Small Business Pilot Program: Businesses that currently are not allowed in Minneapolis.

Institutional/Congregate Food Service: Meals served in a group setting.  This includes child care centers, hospital cafeterias, schools, or senior living facilities. 

Laundry: A place to wash or clean clothing. This includes self-service laundries, launderettes, and laundromats. If a business provides both laundry and dry cleaning, you only need a Dry Cleaning License.

Laundry, Pick Up Station: A business that accepts clothing to launder, dry clean, dye, or iron for a fee. Pick up stations do not need a license.

Limited Mobile Food Vendor: The sale of prepackaged food from a truck parked curbside on a street. Items may include:

Limited Mobile Food Vendor, City Parks: The sale of prepackaged food from a truck only in city parks. Items may include:

Liquid Waste Hauler: Collection and disposal of liquid waste into public sewers.

Liquor Catering: A food catering business that serves alcohol at events. Submit your Liquor Catering Notification Form at least 24 hours before your event. 

Liquor: Changes to a Current License:

Lodging Establishment: A building that rents sleeping accommodations for of one week or more. Must have five or more beds. This includes fraternity and sorority houses.

Lodging Establishment with Food/Board: A lodging establishment with meals provided to residents.

Market Distributor: The sale or resale of prepackaged foods at farmers markets.  This includes farmers who sell produce purchased from a wholesaler.

Market, Farmers: A market where growers can sell their goods to customers. Each Vendor must have a Seasonal Food Permit.

Licenses are not required for the following Exempt Vendors: 

Poultry Processors - Farmers selling their own poultry slaughtered at an MDA inspected facility. No extra ingredients.  Register at the State of Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Market Manufacturer: The sale of ready to eat foods at farmers markets.

Market, Public: (Farmers’ Market): A market where growers can sell their goods directly to the consumer. A Seasonal Food Permit is required. 

Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Commercial: A business offering massage services to customers. A license is not required for medical massage services.

Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Home-based and/or Single Operator: A business offering massage services

Meat Market (Butcher Shop): The sale of meat, poultry, and/or fish. 

Microdistillery/Off Sale Distilled Spirits: The sale of distilled spirits for drinking offsite the business. See Minnesota Statute 340A.22. 

Mobile Food Store: A grocery truck selling groceries.

Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor: A food truck preparing and selling food. 

Mobile Food Vendor, Limited: The sale of prepackaged food from a truck parked curbside on a street. Items may include:

Mobile Food Vendor, Limited, City Parks: The sale of prepackaged food from a truck only in city parks. Items may include:

Motor Scooter Leasing: A business that leases or provides motor scooters.

Motor Vehicle Dealers: The sale or offer to sell more than three motor cars or trucks in a 12-month period.  You must have a Motor Vehicle Repair Garage License  if you offer repair services.

Booting (Motor Vehicle Immobilization): A locking wheel boot that prevents a car from moving. 

Motor Vehicle Repair Garage: The repair of cars and trucks.  You do not need a license if your company only

Motor Vehicle Towing/Servicing:

Class A: Private property towing requested by a person who does not own the car; or towing and car starting at the request of the owner. 

Class B: Towing and car starting requested by the car owner.

Class C: Car starting for hire.

Class D: Private towing or car starting, without a fee.

Mobile Vehicle Towing Driver: The driver of a tow truck.

Motor Vehicle Used Parts Dealer: Buying, selling, or storing used, rebuilt, or new car or truck parts.

Off-Sale 3.2 Beer: The sale of 3.2 beer in original packages for drinking offsite the business. Examples: Grocery Store, Convenience Store, and/or Gas Station.

Off-Sale Liquor: The sale of liquor, wine or beer in original packages for drinking offsite the business.  Examples: Liquor Store.

Off-Sale Malt Liquor (Growler): The sale of malt liquor growlers, made at the microbrewery, for drinking offsite the business.  

Oil Burner Installer: The installation or repair of any oil burner or equipment.

On-Sale 3.2 Beer: The sale of 3.2 beer for drinking onsite the business.

On-Sale Liquor: The sale of liquor, wine or beer for drinking onsite the business.

On-Sale Wine: The sale of wine, and beer, for drinking onsite the business.

Parking Lot: Any open air place with 10 or more parking spaces.

Free Parking Lot: A license is not required for parking lots that do not charge a fee. Examples include employee or customer parking lot.

Parking Lot Class C – Temporary Events: A parking lot near the TCF stadium with event parking for up to 15 days per year.

Pawnbroker: A business that

Peddler: Door-to-door sales. Payment and delivery occur immediately. 

Pedal Car Company: Non-motorized vehicles for up to 16 passengers who pedal.

Pedal Car Driver: The person who operates a pedal car.

Pedicab, Company: Nonmotorized, three-wheel bicycles used to carry passengers.

Pedicab, Driver: The person who operates a pedicab.

Pet Shop (Commercial Animal Care Provider): The sale, grooming, breeding, or any other care of animals, reptile, fish or birds. 

Plumber: Installing and fixing water pipes, faucets and toilets.  If you also have a master gas fitter certificate of competency, you may also install or repair gas burning equipment.

Pool Tables: A business that offers pool or billiards for customers. 

Precious Metal Dealer: Buying and selling used items containing precious metals. Jewelry stores or coin shops that buy or trade these items need a license.

Public Market (Farmers’ Market):  A market where growers can sell their goods to customers. Each Vendor must have a Seasonal Food Permit.

Licenses are not required for the following Exempt Vendors: 

Poultry processors - Farmers selling their own poultry slaughtered at an MDA inspected facility. No extra ingredients.  Register at the State of Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Refrigeration Systems Installer: Installing and fixing refrigerator equipment.

Recycling/Salvage Yard: Storage of recyclable or salvage materials. This includes recycling centers and garbage dumps. 

Rental Hall: A building, available for rent, for a private event. A license is not required for theaters or businesses with an alcohol license. A Temporary Rental Hall License is available for places used for four or less days per year.

Residential Specialty Contractor: A person who:

This license allows a person to do one of the following:

Roofers require a State of Minnesota license.

If you have a State of Minnesota Residential Building license, you do not need a Minneapolis license. 

Resin Manufacturing: The production of resin. 

Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Café, and Dining Room: Preparing and serving food to customers. Drinks may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.  If you have 12 or fewer seats, you need a Food Manufacturer license.

Rubbish Hauler: Collection and disposal of solid waste. The license is called a Solid Waste Hauler.

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.

Secondhand Goods Dealer: Selling used personal items, that do not include cars or trucks.  A license is not required for the following:

Shooting Gallery: A place for shooting guns at a target. Shooting galleries for only by military or police departments do not need a license.

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.

Short-Term Rental Hosting Platform: An internet program that provides booking services for short-term rental property owners and guests.

Sidewalk Café: An outdoor area of a restaurant that serves food and drink to customers.

Sidewalk Food Cart Vendor: Prepackaged or ready-to-eat foods sold from a non-motorized cart on public sidewalks or private property in downtown.

Sign Hanger: Installing, fixing, or removing signs from a building.

Solicitor, Individual: An individual who gets orders for future delivery of goods or services. 

Solid Waste Hauler:  Collection and disposal of solid waste.

Special All Night Bowling, Pool or Billiards: A business may be open for up to 24 hours per day. You must have an on-sale liquor, wine, or beer license and a bowling or pool hall license.

Special Late Night Food: Any business with an on-sale liquor, wine, or beer license may serve food later than regular hours.

Steam and Hot Water Systems Installer: Installing or fixing the following equipment:

Street Café: An outdoor area of a restaurant, located in an unrestricted parking lane, that serves food and drink to customers.

Street Photographer: The business of taking photographs of anyone on the street or sidewalk.

Sun Tanning Facility: A place that uses ultraviolet lamps for cosmetic tanning.

Swimming Pool: Any structure that contains water for swimming by the public.  Each pool, hot tub or whirlpool needs a license. This includes hotels, health clubs, apartments and public pools.

Taproom: A brewer who sells malt liquor they produce for drinking at the business.  

Tattoo/Body Art Establishment: A business offering tattooing and/or body piercing. The state requires each tattooist and body piercer to get a license.

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.

Taxi Driver: The driver of a taxicab.

Taxi Driver: Duplicate or replacement license.

Taxi Driver: Transfer license to another service company. 

Taxi Service Company: A company that provides the following for a fleet of taxicabs:

Taxicab: A car or van used for transporting passengers for a fee. 

Taxicab: Car to car license transfer

Taxicab: Company to company license transfer

Taxicab: Medical transport vehicle

Taxicab: Person to person license transfer

Taxicab: Wheelchair accessible vehicle / age waiver

Temporary Expansion of License: Businesses with an on-sale liquor, wine, or 3.2 beer may apply for a permit to

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.

Theater: A place for live performances or movies.

Tobacco Dealer: The sale of tobacco and tobacco products in retail stores and exclusive tobacco stores. 

Tow Truck:

Class A: Private property towing requested by a person who does not own the car; or towing and car starting at the request of the owner. 

Class B: Towing and car starting requested by the car owner.

Class C: Car starting for hire.

Class D: Private towing or car starting, without a fee.

Tow Truck Driver: The driver of a tow truck.

Transient Merchant: The sale of goods at a temporary location.

Transportation Network Company (TNC): Ride-share apps which connect passengers to drivers and manage payments.

Tree Servicing: Cutting, trimming, and removing trees or branches and/or applying pesticides.  If you have a Garbage Haulers license you do not need a license to remove trees from the property.

Valet Parking: Car parking for customers.

Vending Machines: A machine that provides snacks or drinks after inserting money or a credit card. Bottled and canned soda machines do not need a license. Food licenses may have two free vending machines.

Vending Machines: Adding a new machine

Vending Machines: Annual license renewal list

Video Permits: Film productions or video projects in the City of Minneapolis.

Wrecker of Buildings: Tearing down buildings.

Youth Fundraising: Groups with individuals age 17 or under, participating in fundraising programs.  You must register with the City of Minneapolis. There is no fee.  Examples include public or private schools, scouts, community sports, etc.  

Last updated Jun 30, 2020

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