Get your license
Review the steps to receive and maintain a license. You can find information from the City about:
The State of Minnesota also has information and requirements for trades licenses.
See State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI)
Meet with a Business Licensing customer service representative
Meet with a business licensing customer service representative to go over the requirements for your contractor’s license. You may not work in Minneapolis until you have your license.
See how to get help at the City of Minneapolis service center
Obtain surety bonds
Surety bonds are a promise from a third-party company that if you do not fulfill your contract obligations, they will pay your client. Most public and many private construction contracts require surety bonds. You can obtain surety bonds by contacting a professional surety bond producer, or through the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) if you qualify.
See how surety bonds work
Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota require bonds.
Apply for your Minneapolis competency card
A Certificate of Competency card is proof that the cardholder has the training, experience, and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair, and service equipment.
City of Minneapolis competency cards
Get your insurance
Most trades contractors must have insurance before they can get a license.
See insurance certificate
Review the business license application
You must have a license to provide trade or skilled work services in Minneapolis.
See contractor license applications
Find your license fee
Submit all required documents and fees
Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services
If you have questions, contact: