Street cafes

Apply for a street cafe license.


A street cafe is a platform on a public road used for seating at a restaurant. It can be an extension of a sidewalk café.

License application

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

Apply for a street cafe license

What to know

Prior to applying for a license, determine if your space is eligible for a street café.

Fill out the Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist

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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If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

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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