Building wrecker

See requirements for tearing down buildings.


A building wrecker is a contractor who tears down any building or structure within the city.

Class A building wrecker

A Class A Building Wrecker may tear down any building or structure regardless of size or height.

Class B building wrecker

A Class B Building Wrecker may tear down buildings that are a maximum of:

  • Three stories or 35 feet high
  • 10,000 square feet above grade
machine digging at demolition site

Before you begin 

See How to open a new business


You must provide a surety bond with your application. 

Class A building wrecker

Class A building wreckers need a $50,000 bond from the City.

See Minneapolis $50,000 bond form

Class B building wrecker

Class B building wreckers require a $10,000 bond from the City.

See Minneapolis $10,000 bond form


See Building Wrecker application

Lane use permit

City law only allows two types of contractors to get a permit to put a dumpster on the street:

  • Wrecking contractors
  • Solid waste haulers (garbage trucks)

Apply for a lane use permit


Find your license fee

Submit your application  

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services

If you have questions, contact:

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