Hotels and motels

Hotels and motels require a license from the City.


A hotel or motel is a building or structure that is:

  • Kept, used, maintained, advertised or held out to the public to be a place where sleeping or rooming accommodations are furnished to the general public
  • Rented for less than one week, with or without meals
bed and pillows

License application

You must have a license to operate a hotel or motel in Minneapolis. Before operating a hotel or motel, the owner or operator is required to file a for a license to operate.

Download the hotel and motel license application .

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.

Minneapolis at night

Sex trafficking prevention training

Minnesota requires hotels and motels to do annual training.


Hotels and motels are inspected regularly under Minneapolis law.

Read the Minneapolis Code of Ordinance Chapter 297.

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