Contractor licenses

You can apply for many types of contractor licenses with the City.

License applications

Asphalt Shingles and Roofing Material : A business that makes asphalt shingles or roofing materials.

Billboard Erector or Billposting

  • Billboard Erector: Installing, fixing, or removing billboards.
  • Billposting: posting notices, posters or advertisements on walls, billboards or digital displays

Building Wrecker : Tearing down buildings.

Duct Cleaner / HVAC Class B : Cleaning air circulation or exhaust systems.

Fire Extinguisher Servicing : Testing, fixing, and charging portable fire extinguishers. 

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Class A : Cleaning air circulation or exhaust systems and supervising the work of others.

Gas Fitter : Installing and repairing gas burning equipment and systems.

Oil Burner Installer : The installation or repair of any oil burner or equipment.

Plumber : Installing and fixing water pipes, faucets and toilets.  If you also have a master gas fitter certificate of competency, you may also install or repair gas burning equipment.

Recycling Salvage Yard : An outdoor area used for storing recyclable or salvage materials, such as recycling centers or garbage dumps.

Refrigeration Systems Installer : Installing and fixing refrigerator equipment.

Residential Specialty Contractor : A person who:

  • Owns or operates the business
  • Negotiates contracts and
  • Works on places with four or fewer living units

This license allows a person to do one of the following:

  • Excavation
  • Masonry
  • Carpentry
  • Interior finishing
  • Exterior finishing
  • Drywall and plaster
  • General installation

Roofers do not need a Minneapolis license. You must have a State of Minnesota license.

If you have a State of Minnesota Residential Building license, you do not need a Minneapolis license. 

Resin Manufacturing : The production of resin. 

Sign Hanger or Painter

  • Sign Hanger: Installing, fixing or removing signs from a building.
  • Sign Painter: painting signs, notices or billboards

Steam and Hot Water Systems Installer : Installing or fixing the following equipment:

  • Steam and hot water heating
  • Cooling and steam piping

Tree Servicing : Cutting, trimming, and removing trees or branches and/or applying pesticides.  If you have a Garbage Haulers license you do not need a license to remove trees from the property.

Here is a list of Licensed Tree Contractors  

If you do not see your license listed, contact us.  

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