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
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.
Hotels and motels are inspected regularly under Minneapolis law.
Sex trafficking prevention training
The Minnesota lodging industry is an important partner in preventing sex trafficking. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Lodging Association created training about sex trafficking awareness prevention.
Training requirements for businesses
Training is required annually. Visit the State resources for the Minnesota lodging industry.
Training topics include
- The role of hotels and motels in preventing sex trafficking
- Support for trafficked youth at Safe Harbor Minnesota
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Other topics
Training materials are available in Somali, Spanish and Hmong.
In Minnesota, youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals.
Businesses may use their own training if the training
- Is approved by the MDH. For approval, contact
- Includes instruction on:
- What sex trafficking is
- How to recognize potential victims of sex trafficking
- How to identify activities commonly associated with sex trafficking
- Effective responses to trafficking situations, including how to report suspected sex trafficking to proper law enforcement officials
Some employees do not need to attend sex trafficking prevention training. This includes employees who:
- Are under the age of 16 years, unless they clean guest rooms
- Work only in a restaurant, providing catering services, or both
- Do not have direct contact with guests or guest rooms
Not all guests are welcome:
Report a concern
To report concerns about a hotel or motel, contact Minneapolis 311.
- Unsanitary appearance
- Other conditions that could be a hazard to the public health