Sidewalk cafes

Sidewalk cafes must be licensed by the City.


A sidewalk cafe is an outdoor area of a restaurant that serves food and drinks to customers.

sidewalk cafe at a small business

License application

In Minneapolis, a sidewalk cafe must be licensed. Before opening a sidewalk cafe, the restaurant owner or operator must apply for a business license.

Apply for a sidewalk cafe license

What to know

We have all the items you need to design and build your sidewalk cafe or street cafe.

Learn about the Sidewalk Cafe and Street Cafe Standards

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

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






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