How to apply for a business license

We explain the basics of applying for a business license.

The City of Minneapolis has a complete set of requirements for each type of business license application. Many applications have been updated for your convenience.

Getting started

Tips for success

Start early

Many divisions may need to complete inspections and approvals. 

Follow the checklist

  • The first page of every license application lists everything the City needs.
  • Fill out the entire application to reduce delays. 

Learn the rules

  • Before you sign a lease, ask if it can be contingent on getting your license.
  • Zoning staff can tell you the types of businesses allowed at the location.
    Learn more about Zoning
  • Some building licenses require a floor plan and permits.
    Read about permits

For more information, contact the Minneapolis Development Review Office.


Contact us

Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


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

Service Center hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






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