Common questions about starting an alcohol business

See answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about starting a new alcohol business.

FAQs and answers

How do I find an alcohol license application?

See New business applications. Our application forms include checklists of what you need to do to get an alcohol license.

How long does it take to get an alcohol license in Minneapolis?

About eight to ten weeks. Note that the timeline:

  • Starts from the day you submit your complete application and pay your fees
  • May vary based on the complexity of your application

Both the City and the State must approve your alcohol application.

Where can I find City rules about alcohol licenses?

See the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Title 14: Liquor and Beer

How does the City enforce these rules?

Inspectors do routine and complaint inspections. They:

  • Use a checklist for enforcement and accountability.
  • Work days, evenings and weekends

What are the penalties if a business violates these rules? For repeat violations?

Penalties include:

  • Warnings
  • Citations
  • Fines
  • License suspension
  • License revocation

How can I find my ward and City Council Member?

Search for your address in Find my ward

Do you have a City Council calendar with meeting dates?

View our meeting schedule

If you attend a public hearing, you may tell the City Council about your new business.  

If have additional questions, contact your license inspector.

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