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.
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.
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.
Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota require bonds.
- See if you need a City of Minneapolis bond
- Read State of Minnesota bond requirements
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.
Get your insurance
Most trades contractors must have insurance before they can get a license.
Review the business license application
You must have a license to provide trade or skilled work services in Minneapolis.
Submit all required documents and fees
If you have questions, contact:
Review and consider all requirements when starting your business.
Tell your new neighbors about your business
Contact your council member, neighborhood organization, and business association where your business will be located.
- Promote and create interest in your business
- Network with local residents and leaders
- Learn about resources they may offer small businesses
Send an email to your:
After you open
Find out what to do once your business is open and running.
Expand your business
The City offers financing to help you cover costs of expansion, such as equipment.
Renew your business license
Your business license must be renewed every December. We will send your renewal information in the mail 30 days before it is due.