Amusement

You need a license to operate a business with amusement devices.

Definition

Amusement businesses sell or operate mechanical, electronic or video games for customers to play with a coin or token.

Here are a few examples:

  • Electric gun ranges
  • Games of baseball or hockey
  • Miniature pool tables
  • Photo machines
  • Pinball machines
  • Recording machines
Arcade game

License application

In Minneapolis, amusement businesses must be licensed. Before operating an amusement business, the owner or operator must apply for a business license.

Amusement Mechanical (Arcade type) Machines - Mechanical, electronic, and video games for customers to play with a coin or token. Each machine must have a license. Here are a few examples.

  • Electric gun ranges
  • Games of baseball or hockey
  • Miniature pool tables
  • Photo machines
  • Pinball machines
  • Recording machines

Amusement, (Place of) - Any place that has three or more amusement mechanical devices (arcade machines).

How to submit application

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services:

  • By email
  • By U.S. mail
  • In person

Before you begin

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

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Contact us

Health Department

Environmental Health

Phone

612-673-3000

Address

Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave S, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-2080

Fax

612-673-3399

Address

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