Emergency shelters

You must have a license to run an emergency shelter in Minneapolis.

Definition

An emergency shelter is a place with sleeping rooms and restrooms for individuals who are homeless. 

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License application

Download the Emergency Shelter license application  . 

Meals

If an emergency shelter serves meals, we also require an institutional food license.

See institutional food

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.

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

Phone

612-673-2080

Fax

612-673-3399

Address

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

Health Department

Environmental Health

Phone

612-673-3000

Address

Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave S, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415