Retail businesses

You need a license for a retail business that provides vehicle services. Examples include a car wash, gas station, car dealer and repair garage.

Before you begin, look at our instructions on how to apply for a business license.

Learn how to apply for a business license

License applications

  • 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. 
  • Gas Station - The sale of gasoline or other fuels to the public­­­.
  • Motor Vehicle Dealers - A business that sells cars or trucks. If you offer repair services, you must have a license for a Repair Garage .
  • Repair Garage - A business that repairs cars and trucks. This includes service, maintenance, diagnostics and body work. You do not need a license if your company only:
    • Provides fuel, checks fluid levels, replaces filters and does other minor services (i.e., gas station)
    • Repairs cars and trucks of your own private fleet
  • Used Parts Dealer - Buying, selling or storing used, rebuilt or new car or truck parts.

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Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Inspector Julie Casey



City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 1
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






Public Service Building 
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415