Sample letter for new business

We share an example of a letter to send to the City about your new business.

When you plan to open a new business, you must notify:

  • The Minneapolis City Council Member for the ward where the business will be located
  • Business associations
  • Neighborhood associations

Find the ward and Council Member for your new business

Business associations

Neighborhood organizations

Along with your letter, please send:

  • A copy of your business plan
  • Other supporting documents

Here's a sample notification letter about your new business:

Sample letter 

Date ________________
Council Member _______________
Ward ______
307 City Hall
350 S. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Dear Council Member__________________:
I am planning to open a new ________________ (type of business) called _______________ (name of business) in your ward. I have already arranged to lease the property at _____________________________ (address and or location, e.g., 220 First Avenue on the southwest corner at the corner of Second Street).
(N of business) will include (other specifics about the license and/or premises such as an outdoor seating area in the rear of the building for example). We plan to sell (e.g., menu description: a full menu of American cuisine, for example) in addition to (e.g., serving/selling alcoholic beverages, hosting private events.) We are pursuing a (License Type(s): On Sale Liquor, General Entertainment License). The space includes (any other specifics such as a stage for dinner theater.)
I already have contacted the Zoning, Environmental Health and Licenses Divisions to determine the requirements for opening this business. Please feel free to call me with your concerns or suggestions regarding this project.
Your name
Your business name
Your phone number
Your email address
Attachment: Business plan
CC: Business associations
CC: Neighborhood associations

Request accessible format

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

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Contact us

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






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