Before you begin, look at our instructions about how to apply for a business license.
- Block Events
- Carnival : A traveling show with acts, games, vending machines or amusement rides.
- Children’s Rides : Amusement rides for children operated by a coin or animal.
- Christmas Tree Dealers : The sale, trade or giving away of any tree used as a Christmas tree. This does not include artificial trees less than 36 inches used by florists for decoration.
- Circus : A traveling show with acrobats, clowns, entertainers and/or trained animals.
- Event Food Sponsor Permit : Food and drinks served to the public at community events need an Event Food Sponsor Permit.
- Farmers’ Market : A market where growers can sell their goods to customers. Each Vendor must have a Seasonal Food Permit.
- Farmers Market Distributor , Spanish The sale or resale of prepackaged foods at farmers markets. This includes farmers who sell produce purchased from a wholesaler.
- Farmers Market Manufactuer : The sale of ready to eat foods at farmers markets.
- Film Permits: Film or video projects in the City of Minneapolis.
- Flea Market : A temporary sale of arts, crafts, antiques or secondhand goods.
- Flower Cart Vendor : The sale of fresh cut flowers on sidewalks or Nicollet Mall from a movable cart.
- Gambling, Charitable: A permit for licensed gambling groups and nonprofits. Gambling includes paying games of chance for money.
- Going Out of Business Sale : The sale of merchandise due to a business closing or a disaster such as fire or water.
- Innovative and Emerging Small Business Pilot Program : Businesses that currently are not allowed in Minneapolis.
- Parking Lot Class C – Temporary Events : A parking lot near the TCF stadium with event parking for up to 15 days per year.
- Rental Hall, Temporary : A building or room rented for private events for fewer than five days per year.
- Seasonal Food Permit , Spanish The sale of food or drinks at farmers markets or three or more community events. You may have two stands for each permit.
- Short Term Food Permit : The sale of food or drink at community events. You may have two stands for each permit. You may operate up to 10 days at one event.
- Street Photographer : The business of taking photographs of anyone on the street or sidewalk.
- Tattoo/Body Art Establishment, Temporary Event Sponsor : A temporary license for a convention or guest artist event. The state requires each tattooist and body piercer to get a Guest Artist License.
- Temporary Expansion of License : Businesses with an on-sale liquor, wine, or 3.2 beer may apply for a permit to:
- Upgrade your entertainment
- Expand your premises
- Stay open later than normal closing time
View our sample outdoor diagram .
Temporary Extended Hours : Any licensed business that does not serve alcohol may stay open than regular hours.
Temporary On-Sale 3.2 Beer (Liquor or Wine ): Charitable, religious, non-profit organizations, microdistilleries and breweries may serve beer (liquor or wine) at an event. A licensed on-sale beer, liquor, or wine business must provide liquor insurance and servers. Example: Fundraising events.