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Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Licenses and Consumer Services

License Definitions 

Alcohol Related License Definitions
 
Amusement Mechanical Device: Machines or devices that upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, or paper currency; through a fee charged by the establishment; or equipped to permit a free play or game:
 
1. Operate mechanically, electronically, and/or by means of a video display;
 
2. Operate as a game, contest or other amusement and do not have an automatic payoff device for the return of money, coins, merchandise, checks, tokens or any item of value, including pinball machines or mechanical miniature pool tables, bowling machines, shuffleboards, electric rifle or gun ranges, miniature mechanical devices or games patterned after baseball, basketball, hockey and similar games, played solely for amusement and not as gambling devices.
 
Amusement Mechanical Devices also include amusement devices, photo machines, non-commercial recording machines, machine operated target shooting, bowling games, baseball games, and card games. 
 
Each machine must be licensed.
 
Amusement, Place of:   In addition to the Amusement Mechanical Devices license, any place where three or more amusement mechanical devices are used or displayed for use requires a Place of Amusement license. The following are exempt:
 
1. Places that are licensed for on-sale liquor, wine or beer and have three or fewer amusement devices;
 
2. Places where these devices are held in storage or for sale and are not actually used or displayed for use;
 
3.   Places owned or operated by a public corporation.
 
Asphalt Shingles and Roofing Material (Manufacturer of): A business that manufacturers asphalt shingles, roofing materials, or roofing tarvia/asphalt.
 
Bed and Breakfast:   An establishment where short-term lodging in a single family or two-family residence is provided for compensation and breakfast may be served to guests.
 
Billboard Erector/Sign Hanger:   A person who installs, reconstructs, alters, repairs or removes any billboard. 
 
Block Event: A temporary gathering of people held on a blockaded portion of a public street or alley. 
 
Body Art EstablishmentAny establishment where tattooing and/or piercing are practiced. Licenses issued by the state are also required for individual tattooists and body piercers.
 
Body Art Establishment, Temporary Event SponsorA temporary license for a convention (up to 7 days/2 per year) or guest artist event (up to 90 days/4 per year) that is sponsored by a licensed tattooist, piercer, establishment or professional organization. A temporary license is required for the event and for each tattooist/body piercer.
 
Bodywork, Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Commercial: A privately owned place wherein massage is offered or provided to members of the public. 
 
Massage and Bodywork is any method of applying pressure on, or friction against, or rubbing, stroking, kneading, tapping or rolling of the external parts of the human body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance or device with or without such supplemental aids as rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, liniment, antiseptic oil, powder, cream, lotion, ointment or other similar preparation. The practice of massage and bodywork shall not include and is distinct from the practice of medicine, surgery, osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy or podiatry. This includes, but is not limited to many manual therapies, such as massage therapy, Asian bodywork therapies or movement therapies. While these are recognized as separate disciplines, all are subject to the massage and bodywork establishment license ordinance.
 
Bodywork, Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Home-based and/or Single Operator: A privately owned place wherein massage is offered or provided to members of the public. 
 
Massage and Bodywork is any method of applying pressure on, or friction against, or rubbing, stroking, kneading, tapping or rolling of the external parts of the human body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance or device with or without such supplemental aids as rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, liniment, antiseptic oil, powder, cream, lotion, ointment or other similar preparation. The practice of massage and bodywork shall not include and is distinct from the practice of medicine, surgery, osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy or podiatry. This includes, but is not limited to many manual therapies, such as massage therapy, Asian bodywork therapies or movement therapies. While these are recognized as separate disciplines, all are subject to the massage and bodywork establishment license ordinance.
 
Building Wrecker: An individual who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience and technical knowledge to wreck, demolish or tear down any building or structure.
 
Class A Building Wrecker may engage in the business of wrecking, demolishing or tearing down any building or structure regardless of size or height.
 
Class B Building Wrecker may engage in the business of wrecking, demolishing or tearing down buildings not exceeding three stories or 35 feet in height and not exceeding a total of 10,000 square feet of floor area on all floor levels above grade.
 
Butcher Shop: (Licensed as a Meat Market.) A retail food establishment providing manufacturing, processing, preparation, storage, handling or selling of fresh animal products.
 
Animal products: The portions of animals used as food such as, but not limited to, the dressed flesh of cattle, swine, sheep, goats, wild game, poultry, fish, shellfish, shell stock and other edible animals or similar types of foods that are offered for human consumption.
 
Meat food products: Any articles of food or articles that enter into the composition of food that are not prepared meats, but are derived or prepared, in whole or in part, by a process of manufacture from any portion of the carcasses of cattle, swine, sheep or goats.
 
Product wholesaler: Any person who processes meat and meat food products and sells these products or any part thereof at wholesale to be retailed for human consumption. This does not apply to any meat or meat products that are sold at retail on the premises.
 
Car Wash: Premises used primarily for the washing of automobiles. This includes self-service car wash establishments and does not include garages and gasoline filling stations where the washing of automobiles is only incidental to the business, nor premises used for short and intermittent periods. Any business providing hand washing vehicle services is required to obtain a car wash license.
 
Carnival: A group of attractions, whether shows, acts, games, vending devices or amusement   rides,   conducted   independently   or   under   one   or   more managements, that are temporarily set up in a public or private place, accessible to the public, with or without an admission fee. No games of chance or gambling are allowed at a carnival.
 
Caterer: A food establishment providing, preparing, and/or serving food at satellite locations for groups where all food and service expenses are paid by the group and not for individual sale. Retail sale of individual meals is prohibited. If food is delivered to a customer, this is not considered catering (i.e., box lunches, pizza). If food is served and/or reusable utensils are used, a catering license is required. Food Vehicle License is required for a caterer who transports food with a vehicle. Approved food transport containers must be provided.
 
Charitable Gambling: Lawful gambling in Minneapolis is restricted to licensed gambling organizations and nonprofit organizations meeting all state and local criteria. All other gambling is prohibited by law. All nonprofit organizations require an Exempt Lawful Gambling Permit.
 
Children’s Rides:   Any animal used to give rides to children or to power a vehicle used to give rides to children.
 
Christmas Tree Dealers:    The sale, barter, trade or giving away of cut evergreen fir, spruce or other tree of like kind for use as a Christmas tree. This does not apply to ornamental trees having a height of less than 36 inches that are fireproofed and sprayed with a coloring and used by florists for decorative schemes.
 
Circus: A public performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, entertainers and/or trained animals.
 
Cocktail Room: A facility on or adjacent to premises owned by a microdistillery (licensed under Minn. Stat. Section 340A.301 subdivision 6 (c) which produces premium, distilled spirits in total quantity not to exceed 40,000 proof gallons in a calendar year) for the sale and consumption of distilled spirits produced by the microdistillery. Sunday Sales are not permitted. License Type: On-Sale Liquor, Cocktail Room. 
 
Coffee Shop: A food establishment with food preparation and service for carryout, delivery or on-site dining. If there are 13 or more seats, a Restaurant License is required.   If there are 12 or fewer seats, a Food Manufacturer License is required.
 
Community Kitchen: A commercial kitchen that may be used by licensed businesses or community members for cooking noncommercial or exempt foods or cooking classes and/or other related activities. A Food Manufacturer license is required. A Boarding House license may be required.
 
Confectionery: Facilities that sell ready-to-eat, single-service, prepackaged snack items and beverages including, but not limited to, chips, pop, candy, crackers, cookies, pastries, popcorn, sandwiches, milk, yogurt, ice cream, cheese and/or microwavable single-service soups or entrees.   Ready-to-eat, single-serving fruits and vegetables prewashed by supplier may be sold if the facility has a conveniently located hand wash sink. Packaging or repackaging of food is prohibited. If the facility is equipped with an NSF-approved three- compartment ware-washing sink with two drain boards and a hand wash sink conveniently located in the ware-washing area, the following potentially non- hazardous items may be sold: coffee, flavored specialty coffees dispensed from a self-service device, pastries in a self-service display case, and/or candies in bulk containers for self-service. Food products designed for home preparation are not permitted. A commercial-grade microwave oven for self-service reheating of purchased food items is permitted. Potentially hazardous foods must be stored and displayed in approved commercial refrigerators or freezers. Confectionery licenses are often associated with hardware stores, dollar stores, car washes, tobacco shops, hotels, video stores, offices, condominiums or apartment buildings.
 
Congregate (Institutional) Food Service:   A food establishment that serves food primarily to a defined population in a congregate dining fashion and may include commercial child care centers, hospital cafeterias, public and private schools, senior independent living facilities, charitable dining halls, community food service or similar facilities. Institutional food service does not mean home- based daycare businesses, establishments that operate with a City Board and Lodging License or food service operations at group homes, nursing homes, and veteran homes, etc. that are licensed at the county, state or federal level.
 
Construction Related License Definitions
 
Courtesy Bench: Any bench or seat maintained on the public street for the convenience and comfort of persons waiting for buses or other vehicles. 
 
Dance HallA public dance place is any room, place or space in which dancing is open to the public and payment, either directly or indirectly, is charged. Payment may be in the form of a cover charge, admission fee, or club membership, to name a few.
 
Public Dance: Any dance open to the public in which payment, either directly or indirectly, is charged. No public dance shall be held during the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on any weekday or between 2 a.m. and noon on Sunday. All hours of operation are subject to zoning requirements.
 
No intoxicating liquor or 3.2 beer shall be served or consumed in any public dance hall where such public dancing constitutes the principal feature.
 
This license does not apply to any regularly established club, public or private, where public dancing does not constitute the principal feature and the dance floor area does not exceed 2,000 square feet.
 
A Dance School License is required if the following exist: Instruction in the art of dancing or dancing lessons are given and a charge or fee for such instruction is made, paid or received.
No license will be issued to anyone who is under the age of 18 years.
 
Dancing School: Any building, room, enclosure, premise, place or establishment in the city where instruction in the art of dancing or dancing lessons is given and where a charge or fee for such instruction is made, paid or received. A Dance Hall License is required if either one of the following exists:
 
1. Public Dance: Any dance open to the public in which payment, either directly or indirectly, is charged. No public dance shall be held during the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on any weekday or between 2 a.m. and noon on Sunday. All hours of operation are subject to zoning requirements.
 
2. Public Dance Place: A public dance place is any room, place, or space in which dancing is open to the public and payment, either directly or indirectly, is charged. Payment may be in the form or a cover charge, admission fee, or club membership, to name a few.
 
Donation Collection Bin: A receptacle designed to allow the general public to donate unwanted but reusable items for purposes of recycling. Bins must be at least 1000 feet apart unless they are located on the same lot as the non-profit organization they serve.
 
Dry Cleaner/Laundry Licenses: Dry Cleaning is the process of removing dirt, grease, paints, or other stains from wearing apparel, textiles, fabrics, rugs, and similar items, by using non-aqueous liquid solvents, whether flammable or nonflammable.
 
Dry Cleaning Establishment: A place were cleaning or dyeing of clothing or other like materials is accomplished with chemicals other than water and for which   a   charge   is   made.   Licenses   include   Flammable   Dry   Cleaning Establishment and Non-Flammable Dry Cleaning Establishment.
 
Coin Operated Dry Cleaning Machine Plant: Any place where any number of coin-operated dry cleaning machines are installed for use as self-service dry cleaning machines. These may be operated by coin, chip or attendant. Each individual cleaning cylinder shall constitute one machine. Licenses include Flammable Dry Cleaning Establishment and Non-Flammable Dry Cleaning Establishment.
 
Laundry Premises: A place where clothing or other like articles are accepted from the public for washing or cleaning and for which a charge is made. The work must be performed on the licensed premises. This includes self-service laundries, launderettes, and laundromats. License type is Laundry. If a business provides both laundry and dry cleaning services, only a Dry Cleaning License is required.
 
Pick Up Station: A business establishment that accepts from the public clothing to be laundered, dry cleaned, dyed, or pressed for a fee. The laundering, dry cleaning, dying, or pressing cannot be conducted on the premises. No license is required for Pick up Stations.  
 
Duct Cleaner:   An individual engaged only in the business of cleaning air distribution or air exhaust systems provided that no dismantling or replacement of equipment is required other than the installation of necessary cleanout openings. Formerly known as Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Class B.
 
Entertainment Related License Definitions
 
Entertainment, Place ofAny privately owned place where entertainment is offered or given to the public, whether or not a fee is charged for admission or retail sales of property are made on the premises.    Entertainment includes shows, skits, musical revues, children’s theater, dance productions, public dances, musical concerts, opera and the production or provision of sights, sounds, visual or auditory sensations that are produced by any means, including radio,   phonograph,   television,   video   reproduction,   tape   recorder,   piano, orchestra, band, or any other musical instrument, slide or movie projector, spotlight, or interruptible or flashing light device and decoration.
 
The following are exempt from a Place of Entertainment License: Religious organizations; theaters; dance halls; carnivals; places licensed for on-sale beer, wine or liquor; food establishments with less than 2,500 square feet; or places primarily devoted to the display and sale of radios, phonographs, tape recorders, pianos, musical instruments, records, tapes, moving pictures, televisions or stage equipment.
 
Hours of music for establishments with a food license are restricted between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. All hours of operation are subject to zoning requirements.
 
Event Food Sponsor Permit:: An Event Food Sponsor Permit must be obtained from the Minneapolis Health Department - Environmental Health Division for community events or celebrations that involve dispensing food and/or beverages to the public.  Event Food Sponsors are responsible for collecting and submitting completed Short-Term Food Applications from all vendors at an event, informing vendors when their permits are approved, and ensuring compliance with all food safety requirements at the event. The Event
Food Sponsor Fee includes one free Short-Term Food Permit and an unlimited number of drink vendors pouring only non-potentially hazardous beverages from a keg, bottle or can, without ice and without garnish.
 
Exhibition, Temporary Market, Flea MarketA temporary exhibition, sale, flea market, or show of arts, crafts, antiques or secondhand goods sold at tables, stalls, or booths at a fixed location. A separate license is required for each location. Each market must have a minimum of 10 vendors. Food vendors and agricultural products cannot exceed 25% of all vendors, up to a maximum of 10 per market. A license is not required for the following sales: 1) Receipt of used merchandise donated to a recognized non-profit organization and for which no compensation is paid; 2) Books, magazines, post cards, postage stamps or philatelic material; Philatelic material includes postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history. 3) Goods sold at the public market and farmer’s markets as defined in Chapter 202 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances; 4) Used motor vehicles by licensed dealers; 5) Numismatic related articles, including but not limited to coins, currency, tokens, medals and other such related collectibles if the temporary market exhibition operator is a nationally recognized non-profit numismatic society or association and the exhibition is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.   Numismatic refers to coins, medals, paper money, etc; 6) An exclusive sale of arts and crafts where a commercial block event permit or Park Board permit has been issued for the event and no secondhand goods are displayed for sale. 
 
Extended Hours of Operation: Any business in the City of Minneapolis which is open to the public outside the authorized hours of operation defined by the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances and applicable Zoning districts.  
 
Farmers’ Market: (Licensed as a Public Market.) A city-regulated air place for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products.
 
Farmers Market Distributor: A vendor in a public or municipal market who sells or resells for off-site consumption prepackaged foods that do not require food handling in the market. This includes farmers who sell produce purchased from a wholesaler.
 
Farmers’ Market, Event Food Sponsor Permit:  An Event Food Sponsor Permit must be obtained from the Minneapolis Health Department - Environmental Health Division for community events or celebrations that involve dispensing food and/or beverages to the public. Event Food Sponsors are responsible for collecting and submitting completed Short-Term Food Applications from all the vendors at an event, informing vendors when their permits are approved, and ensuring compliance with all food safety requirements at the event. The Event Food Sponsor Fee includes one free Short-Term Food Permit and an unlimited number of drink vendors pouring only non-potentially hazardous beverages from a keg, bottle or can, without ice and without garnish.
 
Farmers’ Market Exemptions:  The farmers’ market vendors listed below are exempt from licensing requirements and fees. However, before selling exempted farm products in Minneapolis, vendors must be invited to participate in every event and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
Registered Cottage Food Vendors - An individual who prepares and sells home processed food that are not potentially hazardous food directly to the consumer, and meets the requirements of MN Stat 28A.152. Cottage food vendors must register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
Registered Poultry Processors - Farmers selling whole or cut up poultry (no other ingredients added) from their own flock that have been processed at a state "equal to" or USDA facility, or birds processed in an on-farm facility that meets the requirements of MN Rule 1545, are not required to be licensed per MN Stat 28A.15, and must be properly labeled as P.L. 90-492. See fact sheet: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/licensing/inspections/~/media/Files/food/food safety/poultrysales.ashx
These producers must register as an on-farm exempt producer with the MN Department of Agriculture at 651-201-6027. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
Product of the Farm (Market Vendor) - A market vendor who sells products that are grown, raised or harvested on land owned or leased by grower, with no off-farm ingredients, including vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, plants, flowers, honey, maple syrup etc. as recognized by MN Stat 28A.15. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
Product of the Farm (Grower/Farmer) - A grower, farm processor, or a group of growers or farmer processors belonging to a growers' cooperative, or wild-harvester that is principally engaged in the production of farm and wild-harvested products recognized under MN Stat 28A.15. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
Meat Processor - Farmers selling meat from their own animals that have been processed at a state "equal to" or USDA facility, do not add any ingredients, and sell only the inspected meat are exempt from licensing. Questions can be directed to the MDA at 651-201-6027. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
Food Sampling and Demonstration - cooking or preparing food products that include as a main ingredient product sold by the vendor at the farmers' market or community event for promotional or educational purposes as defined in 28A.151. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
For more information visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health/inspections/farmersmarket
Farmers Market Manufacturer:  A vendor in a public or municipal market who sells foods for immediate consumption. No ready-to-eat or foods available for immediate consumption shall be offered for sale, displayed, or sold on the Nicollet Mall extension of the municipal market.
 
Film Permits: Film production or video project in the City of Minneapolis. 
 
Fire Extinguisher ServicingA license is required to service portable fire extinguishers. Servicing includes but is not limited to maintaining, repairing, testing, filling, refilling, charging or recharging. Class A is authorized to service the general public. Class B is limited to service on his/her own fire extinguishers.
 
Fire Extinguisher: Equipment designed for extinguishing fires. Contains a liquid or powder and uses pressure as a propellant. May contain a toxic liquid or powder that vaporizes when exposed to a specific temperature.
 
Portable Fire Extinguisher: A device that contains chemicals, fluids or gases for extinguishing fires and is capable of being readily moved from place to place.
 
Flea MarketA temporary exhibition, sale, flea market, or show of arts, crafts, antiques or secondhand goods sold at tables, stalls, or booths at a fixed location. A separate license is required for each location. Each market must have a minimum of 10 vendors. Food vendors and agricultural products cannot exceed 25% of all vendors, up to a maximum of 10 per market. A license is not required for the following sales: 1) Receipt of used merchandise donated to a recognized non-profit organization and for which no compensation is paid; 2) Books, magazines, post cards, postage stamps or philatelic material; Philatelic material includes postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history. 3) Goods sold at the public market and farmer’s markets as defined in Chapter 202 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances; 4) Used motor vehicles by licensed dealers; 5) Numismatic related articles, including but not limited to coins, currency, tokens, medals and other such related collectibles if the temporary market exhibition operator is a nationally recognized non-profit numismatic society or association and the exhibition is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.   Numismatic refers to coins, medals, paper money, etc; 6) An exclusive sale of arts and crafts where a commercial block event permit or Park Board permit has been issued for the event and no secondhand goods are displayed for sale. 
 
Flower Cart Vendor:   Individuals who sell fresh cut flowers on the public sidewalks or public right-of-way of Nicollet Mall from a non-motorized pushcart. Carts may not use lights or noisemakers such as bells, horns or whistles unless they are battery operated lights with protective shielding for the purpose of illuminating merchandise. Flower carts may not operate between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. on any day. Each individual operating a cart must file a separate application for each separate flower cart. Flower cart locations will be determined by lottery. Applications must be filed by March 1 to be eligible for the lottery. Individuals who sell fresh cut flowers without a cart on public property require a Peddler’s License. Vendors may sell fresh cut flowers from private property without a license if they have written permission from the private property owner.
 
Food Related License Definitions
 
Food Cart Vendor, Indoor: An individual who sells prepackaged or limited ready-to-eat foods from a mobile cart on private property.
 
Food Cart Vendor, Kiosk: An individual who sells prepackaged or limited ready- to-eat foods from a food cart in a kiosk that has direct plumbing on private property.
 
Food Cart Vendor, SidewalkAn individual who sells prepackaged or limited ready-to-eat foods from a mobile cart on public sidewalks and private property in downtown.
 
Food Distributor: A vendor selling or reselling foods to retail establishments for off-site consumption.
 
Food Manufacturer: A vendor preparing and/or selling foods for carry out, delivery, or on-site dining with 12 or fewer seats for customers or a community kitchen.
 
Food Shelf: A food establishment operated by a nonprofit organization where food is collected, stored, or packaged for free distribution to individuals who qualify for food according to need.
 
Fuel DealerA person who sells, offers to sell, or advertises the sale of any fuel. This license does not apply to solicitors, sales persons/dealers.
 
Cash and Carry Fuel Dealer: A person who does not use or operate any vehicles for delivery of fuel.
 
Firewood:     Any kindling logs, boards, timbers or other wood, natural or processed, split or not split, advertised, offered for sale or sold for heating purposes. It is unlawful to transport, store or sell within the city any bark bearing elmwood, ashwood or any wood of a tree that has been infected or infested by an invasive species without having obtained a permit from the Park and Recreation Board.
 
Fuel: Coal, lignite, briquets, coke, firewood, fuel oil, liquid petroleum gas or other similar matter used for heating purposes.
 
Licenses are not required in the following circumstances:
 
1. Gasoline filling stations or service stations selling fuel oil incidentally to its operation where such sales do not exceed 10 gallons and where the fuel oil kept at such station does not exceed 265 gallons.
 
2. Any person who sells firewood solely in packaged form.
 
Gambling, CharitableLawful Gambling in Minneapolis is restricted to Licensed Gambling Organizations and Nonprofit organizations meeting all state and local criteria. All other gambling is prohibited by law. All Nonprofit organizations require an Exempt Lawful Gambling Permit.
 
Garbage Hauler: (Licensed as a Solid Waste Hauler.) An industrial hauler who collects and transports solid waste for the purpose of disposal.  Solid Waste includes building debris, garbage, litter, refuse, and rubbish. Solid waste does not include human excreted matter, sewage or other water-carried waste, toxic and hazardous substances, or yard waste.
 
Gas FitterAn individual person holding a valid certificate of competency issued by the City of Minneapolis who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair and service fuel gas burning equipment and systems.
 
Gasoline Filling Station: A business engaged in the dispensing, handling, or sale of gasoline or other fuels to the public­­­c. A license is not required where tanks or pumps are installed or maintained for private use only. Fees are based on the number of simultaneous fueling stations.
 
Going Out of Business Sale: A sale or offer to sell to the public merchandise of any kind, on hand and in stock, in connection with a declared purpose, as set forth by advertising on the part of the seller that the sale is:
 
Going Out of Business (Regular): Anticipatory to the termination, closing, liquidation, windup, discontinuance, conclusion or abandonment of the business and advertised in the following phrases or in any similar phrases: “Going out of Business Sale,” “Trustee’s Sale,” “Liquidation Sale,” “Executor’s Sale,” “Administrator’s Sale,” “Adjustment Sale,” “Reorganization Sale,” “Creditors’ Committee Sale,” “Assignee’s Sale,” “Receiver’s Sale,” “Loss of Lease Sale,” “Forced out of Business Sale,” “Removal Sale.” A “Removal Sale” is defined as a sale that causes the public to believe that the person conducting the sale will cease and discontinue business at that location, and will then move to another location. These sales are limited to 45 days.
 
Going Out of Business (Fire or Smoke Damage, Actual Disaster): A result of damage or alteration to the merchandise being offered for sale by disaster or other fortuitous occurrence and advertised in the following phrases or similar phrases: “Fire Sale,” “Insurance Salvage Sale,” “Damaged Goods Sale,” “Smoke Sale,” “Water Damage Sale.” License Inspectors will verify date of fire with the Fire Department.
 
Advertise: Any means, whether oral, written, lettered or by picture, used to give notice of intention to conduct a sale, including but not limited to, oral announcement made at the place of sale, by sound truck, radio or television; by written, printed or pictured notice; by newspaper advertisement, magazine advertisement, handbill, printed display, poster, label, price tag, circular, pamphlet or book.
 
Inventory: License Inspectors will verify inventory with the insurance company.
 
Merchandise: All kinds of goods, wares and merchandise usually sold for consumption. This license does not apply to:
 
1. A sale by a regularly established retailer, at its regular place of business, if held for a period not to exceed 15 successive days, excluding Sundays and holidays, during the period of 90 days immediately following actual damage to the merchandise by fire, water, smoke or other chance circumstance;
 
2. If merchandise is taken on consignment directly from insurance companies and there is no advertisement for a sale; or
 
3. Sales conducted by public entities or court ordered.
 
Grocery: A retail establishment that sells such products as staple foods, accessory food items and household goods and maintains a minimum sales floor area of 2,000 square feet. Specialty food stores, filling stations that do not have more than 300 square feet of retail sales floor area, and grocery stores located in the central commercial district or in a shopping center are not required to meet the 2,000 square foot sales floor requirement.
 
Staple foods: Food items intended for home preparation and consumption including meat, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices, bread, breadstuffs, cereals and dairy products.
 
Accessory food items: Nonstaple food items such as coffee, tea, cocoa, carbonated and uncarbonated drinks, candy, condiments and spices.
 
Grocery, Accessory Use: A retail establishment that sells only specialized types of staple foods and accessory foods. This includes but is not limited to imported food stores, gift shops, department stores, and general retail stores that specialize in products other than consumable products. A specialty food store is not a grocery store that sells a wide variety of common staple food items to qualify for government supplemental nutrition programs.
 
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Class A:   An individual holding a valid certificate of competency issued by the City of Minneapolis who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair, service and clean air handling equipment and air distribution systems for heating, ventilation or air conditioning and supervise/direct the work of others engaged in the same.
 
Horse and Carriage Livery Services:   A horse-drawn, two- or four-wheel carriage for hire driven by the owner or designated driver for the recreational transportation of the public. A separate license is not required for each horse. Hours of operation are limited to the hours between 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and subject to the Public Works’ parade, festival and US Bank Stadium event restrictions. Rates shall be posted on the carriage and visual to entering and seated passengers.
 
Hotel / MotelEvery building or structure kept, used, maintained, or advertised as a place where sleeping or rooming accommodations are furnished to the general public for a shorter period than one week, with or without meals.
 
Innovative and Emerging Small Business Pilot Program: Non-Traditional business activity which currently is not authorized in Minneapolis.
 
Institutional/Congregate Food Service: A food establishment that serves food primarily to a defined population in a congregate dining fashion and may include commercial child care centers, hospital cafeterias, public and private schools, senior independent living facilities, charitable charitable dining halls, community food service or similar facilities. Institutional food service does not mean home-based daycare businesses, establishments that operate with a City Board and Lodging License or food service operations at group homes, nursing homes, and veterans’ homes, etc. that are licensed at the county, state or federal level.
 
Laundry Premises: A place where clothing or other like articles are accepted from the public for washing or cleaning and for which a charge is made. The work must be performed on the licensed premises. This includes self-service laundries, launderettes, and laundromats. License type is Laundry. If a business provides both laundry and dry cleaning services, only a Dry Cleaning License is required.
 
Laundry, Pick Up Station: A business establishment that accepts from the public clothing to be laundered, dry cleaned, dyed, or pressed for a fee. The laundering, dry cleaning, dying, or pressing cannot be conducted on the premises. No license is required for Pick up Stations.  
 
Limited Mobile Food Vendor: An individual who sells prepackaged items such as ice cream, pop, candy, and/or potato chips from a vehicle parked curbside on a public street.
 
Limited Mobile Food Vendor, City ParksAn individual who sells prepackaged items such as ice cream, pop, candy, and/or potato chips from a vehicle only in city parks.
 
Liquid Waste Hauler:   An industrial hauler that collects, transports and discharges liquid waste into designated public sewers.
 
Liquor Catering:   On-sale liquor license holders with a State of Minnesota Liquor Catering Permit and a food catering permit may serve food and alcohol at private events.
 
Liquor Licenses
 
Lodging Establishment: A building where sleeping accommodations are furnished regularly to roomers, for a period of one week or more, and having five or more sleeping rooms or five or more beds for rent. Lodging establishments include fraternities and sororities. 
 
Lodging Establishment with Food/Board: A lodging establishment where meals are prepared and/or served to tenants. 
 
Local Produce Markets: Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa farmers/growers or individuals who sell locally produced fruits and/or vegetables grown in their farm/garden at an outside, public market. This includes the sale of flowers, herbs and potted starter produce plants grown locally by farmers. The following are prohibited in the market: food manufacturers or food distributors including sandwich makers, cooking demonstrations, coffee carts, or pastry sellers, for example; vendors selling fruits and/or vegetables purchased from retailers or wholesalers; arts/crafts or other nonfood vendors.   A maximum of five vendors are allowed in the market on any given day. Licenses are available for larger markets or markets desiring other types of vendors and features. For more information, call Minneapolis Environmental Health at 612-673-2301 or 311 or [email protected].
 
Market Distributor: A vendor in a public or municipal market who sells or resells for off-site consumption prepackaged foods that do not require food handling in the market. This includes farmers who sell produce purchased from a wholesaler.
 
Market, Exempt Vendors:  Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa farmers/growers or individuals who sell locally produced fruits and/or vegetables grown in their farm/garden at an outside, public market. This includes the sale of flowers, herbs and potted starter produce plants grown locally by farmers. The following are prohibited in the market:   food manufacturers or food distributors including sandwich makers, cooking demonstrations, coffee carts, or pastry sellers, for example; vendors selling fruits and/or vegetables purchased from retailers or wholesalers; arts/crafts or other nonfood vendors.   A maximum of five vendors are allowed in the market on any given day. Business licenses are available for larger markets or markets desiring other types of vendors and features. For more information, call Minneapolis Environmental Health at 612-673-2301 or 311 or [email protected].
 
Meat Poultry Processor: Farmers selling meat from their own animals that have been processed at a state “equal to” or USDA facility, do not add any ingredients, and sell only the inspected meat are exempt from licensing. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List.
 
Market, Farmer:  (Licensed as a Public Market.) A city-regulated air place for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products.
 
Market Manufacturer:   A vendor in a public or municipal market who sells foods for immediate consumption. No ready-to-eat or foods available for immediate consumption shall be offered for sale, displayed, or sold on the Nicollet Mall extension of the municipal market.
 
Market, Public: (Farmers’ Market):  A city-regulated place for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products.
 
Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Commercial: A privately owned place wherein massage is offered or provided to members of the public. 
 
Massage and Bodywork is any method of applying pressure on, or friction against, or rubbing, stroking, kneading, tapping or rolling of the external parts of the human body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance or device with or without such supplemental aids as rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, liniment, antiseptic oil, powder, cream, lotion, ointment or other similar preparation. The practice of massage and bodywork shall not include and is distinct from the practice of medicine, surgery, osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy or podiatry. This includes, but is not limited to many manual therapies, such as massage therapy, Asian bodywork therapies or movement therapies. While these are recognized as separate disciplines, all are subject to the massage and bodywork establishment license ordinance.
 
Massage and Bodywork Establishment, Home-based and/or Single Operator: A privately owned place wherein massage is offered or provided to members of the public. 
 
Massage and Bodywork is any method of applying pressure on, or friction against, or rubbing, stroking, kneading, tapping or rolling of the external parts of the human body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance or device with or without such supplemental aids as rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, liniment, antiseptic oil, powder, cream, lotion, ointment or other similar preparation. The practice of massage and bodywork shall not include and is distinct from the practice of medicine, surgery, osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy or podiatry. This includes, but is not limited to many manual therapies, such as massage therapy, Asian bodywork therapies or movement therapies. While these are recognized as separate disciplines, all are subject to the massage and bodywork establishment license ordinance.
 
Meat Market (Butcher Shop): A retail food establishment providing manufacturing, processing, preparation, storage, handling or selling of fresh animal products.
 
Animal products: The portions of animals used as food such as, but not limited to, the dressed flesh of cattle, swine, sheep, goats, wild game, poultry, fish, shellfish, shell stock and other edible animals or similar types of foods that are offered for human consumption.
 
Meat food products: Any articles of food or articles that enter into the composition of food that are not prepared meats, but are derived or prepared, in whole or in part, by a process of manufacture from any portion of the carcasses of cattle, swine, sheep or goats.
 
Product wholesaler: Any person who processes meat and meat food products and sells these products or any part thereof at wholesale to be retailed for human consumption. This does not apply to any meat or meat products that are sold at retail on the premises.
 
Meat/Poultry Processor – Farmer’s Markets Exemptions:  Farmers selling meat from their own animals that have been processed at a state “equal to” or USDA facility, do not add any ingredients, and sell only the inspected meat are exempt from licensing. As with all events, vendors must be invited to participate and must be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit or Farmers Market Vendor List. 
 
Microdistillery/Off Sale Distilled Spirits: The sale of distilled spirits, to one customer per day, in 375 milliliter bottles by a distillery licensed under Minnesota state statue 340A.22, for consumption off the premises. No brand may be sold at the microdistillery unless it is also available for distribution by wholesalers.
 
Mobile Food Store: The sale of prepackaged groceries, meats, provisions and miscellaneous goods at designated senior citizens' high rise apartments that do not have a licensed grocery-meat market operation on the premises. No sales shall be made from any mobile groceteria upon the city streets, alleys or public way.
 
Mobile Food Vendor Vehicle: A food establishment preparing and/or serving foods from a self-contained vehicle, either motorized or within a trailer on public sidewalks, private property, or curbside on public streets. The vehicle must be readily movable, without disassembling, for transport. Sidewalk and parking lot location are assigned to individual vendors. Street locations are available to all licensed vendors daily on a first-come first-served basis. Vehicles may not be kept, stored, or maintained on a residentially zoned property.
 
Mobile Food Vendor, Limited: An individual who sells prepackaged items such as ice cream, pop, candy, and/or potato chips from a vehicle.
 
Mobile Food Vendor, Limited, City Parks: An individual who sells prepackaged items such as ice cream, pop, candy, and/or potato chips from a vehicle only in city parks.
 
Motor Scooter Leasing: A motor scooter is any motor-driven bicycle used principally for sports or pleasure, driven on the streets of the city. Motor scooter businesses lease or furnish motor scooters for pay or hire for less than 24 hours.
 
Motor Vehicle DealersAny person who sells or offers to sell more than three motor vehicles in a 12-month period. Vehicle sales are limited to the business address only. Sales at any other unlicensed location are prohibited. Separate licenses shall not be required for the employees acting on behalf of licensed dealers.
 
New Motor Vehicle Dealer: Any person who sells or offers to sell, broker, wholesale, auction, solicit, or advertise the sale of new and used motor vehicles for consumer use at retail or for resale to a dealer. Before an auction of a motor vehicle, a licensee shall be required to obtain an auctioneer’s license from the State of Minnesota or Hennepin County or hire a licensed auctioneer.
 
Used Motor Vehicle Dealer: Any person who sells or offers to sell, broker, wholesale, auction, solicit, or advertise the sale of used motor vehicles for consumer use at retail or for resale to a dealer. Before an auction of a motor vehicle, a licensee shall be required to obtain an auctioneer’s license from the State of Minnesota or Hennepin County or hire a licensed auctioneer.
 
Motor Vehicle Broker: Any person in the business of brokering, soliciting, or advertising the brokerage of used motor vehicles.
 
Motor Vehicle Wholesaler: Any person in the business of wholesaling motor vehicles to dealers.
 
Motor Vehicle Auctioneer: Any person who auctions motor vehicles for more than one owner at an auction or offers to sell, solicit, or advertise the sale of motor vehicles at auction. This license shall be in addition to an auctioneer license from the State of Minnesota or Hennepin County.
 
Repair Services: A Motor Vehicle Repair Garage License is required if vehicle repair services are provided.
 
Motor Vehicle Immobilization Service (Booting)A person, firm or corporation who, at the request of a private property owner,immobilizes vehicles that have been placed on a private parking without permission or payment of a parking fee. Vehicle Immobilization is the use of a locking wheel boot that, when attached to the wheel of a vehicle, prevents free, self-propelled movement of the vehicle by the vehicle operator.
 
Motor Vehicle Repair GarageA business engaged in the repair of motor vehicles. Repairs include mechanical repairs, service, maintenance, alterations, diagnostic testing or body work, and/or the addition of equipment, supplies or parts to a motor vehicle. This license does not apply to businesses that:
 
1. Solely provide fuel, check fluid levels, replace filters and other minor services customarily performed by a gasoline filing station or
 
2. Engage exclusively in repairing the motor vehicles of its own fleet.
 
Motor Vehicle Towing/Servicing:
Class APrivate property towing at the request of a person who is not the owner or operator of the vehicle, and vehicle towing and car starting at the request of the owner or agent of the vehicle for hire. A Tow Truck, Class A Driver Permit is required for each driver. 
 
Class B: Towing and car starting at the request of the owner or agent of the vehicle for hire.
 
Class C: Car starting for hire.
 
Class D: Towing or car starting, without compensation, for private or individual purposes.
 
Motor Vehicle Used Parts DealerAny person engaged in the business of buying, selling, or storing any combination of used, rebuilt, or new motor vehicle parts. This includes any person engaged in the business of crushing, shredding, or shipping motor vehicle hulks. A hulk is a major portion of a motor vehicle or a whole motor vehicle. This license does not apply to any person engaged solely in the business of buying, selling, or shipping scrap iron or used metal in the course of reprocessing   such   materials   for   use   in   smelters,   foundries   or   other reprocessing plants.
 
Off-Sale 3.2 BeerThe sale of 3.2 beer in original packages in drugstores, general food stores and exclusive liquor stores for consumption off or away from the premises where sold. 3.2% malt liquor is malt liquor containing not less than .5% alcohol by volume or more than 3.2 % alcohol by weight. Examples: Grocery
Store, Convenience Store, and/or Gas Station.
 
Off-Sale Liquor:   The sale of liquor, wine or beer in original packages by exclusive liquor stores for consumption off of the premises. The main entrance of the establishment must be 2,000 feet away from the main entrance of any existing off-sale liquor establishment unless it is located in the B4 zoning district. Examples: Liquor Store and/or Wine Shop.
 
Off-Sale Malt Liquor (Growler)The sale of malt liquor in 64-ounce containers, commonly known as growlers, by a brewery licensed under Minnesota state statute 340A.301, for consumption off the premises. Effective August 2010, food license is no longer required for this license. A State of Minnesota Wholesaler’s/Manufacturer’s Intoxicating Liquor License is required. Brewers are limited to producing less than 3,500 barrels of malt liquor per year. Example: Microbrewery.
 
Oil Burner InstallerAn individual holding a valid certificate of competency issued by the City of Minneapolis who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair or service any oil burner or oil burner equipment. An oil burner is any device designed to burn fuel oil having a flash point of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, as determined by the Tag Closed Tester, in accordance with the method of test adopted by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM Designation 5-56-21) and having a fuel tank or container with a capacity of more than 10 gallons connected to this device. Oil Burner Equipment includes oil burners as defined above and all tanks, piping, pumps, control devices and accessories connected to such burners. Exceptions include portable burners not requiring a connection to a flue, such as oil stoves, oil heaters and oil lamps equipped with a wick, or a mechanical device of which the movement is essential to flame adjustment.
 
On-Sale 3.2 Beer*:   The sale of 3.2 beer for consumption at the licensed premises. Examples: Beer Bar, Restaurant.
 
On-Sale Liquor*:    The sale of liquor, wine or beer for consumption at the licensed premises. Examples: Bar, Tavern, Nightclub, Restaurant.
 
On-Sale Wine*: The sale of wine (with the option of beer) for consumption at a licensed premises. Example: Restaurant.
 
*On-Sale Licenses include a food license.
 
Parking Lot: Any open air place with 10 or more parking spaces used for the parking or storing of motor vehicles.
 
Commercial Parking Lot: A parking lot that charges a fee for parking or storing motor vehicles.
 
Free Parking Lot: A parking lot for which no fee is charged for parking or storing motor vehicles and is operated for the benefit of persons who are employees, members, customers, patrons, clients, or visitors. A license is not required.
 
Parking Lot Class C – Temporary EventsA commercial parking lot located in the geographical area near the TCF stadium that may charge customers a fee for event parking for up to 15 days per year.
 
Pawnbroker: Any natural person, partnership or corporation, either as principal, or agent or employee thereof, who
 
1. Lends money on deposit or pledge of personal property or other valuable thing,
 
2. Deals in the purchasing of personal property or other valuable things on condition of selling the same back again at a stipulated price, or
 
3. Lends money secured by chattel mortgage on personal property, taking possession of the property or any part thereof so mortgaged. This also includes buying personal property previously used, rented or leased, or selling it on consignment.
 
Peddler: Individuals who offer merchandise for sale from door to door, including house to house, business to business, street to street, or any other type of place to place movement. Delivery and payment occur immediately. See Solicitor, Transient Merchant, Youth Fundraiser.
 
Pedal Car Company: The business of operating one or more commercial pedal car vehicle(s) for profit or not for-profit. A pedal car is a non-motorized, four (4) or more wheeled bicycle-like vehicle that is human powered, transports passengers on bicycle-like seats, and is propelled by five or more passengers not including the operator. A pedal car may not be power assisted.
 
Pedal Car Driver: Any person who is responsible for the safe operation of a commercial pedal car. Must be at least 18 years old. A Minneapolis Pedal Car Driver License is required.
 
Pedicab, Company: Pedicab businesses provide pedicabs for hire for the recreational transportation of the general public.
 
Pedicab, DriverAny person who operates, drives, or propels a pedicab which is a nonmotorized, three-wheel bicycle used to carry passengers.
 
Pet Shop: A business that offers the sale, grooming, breeding, treating, exhibition, or any other form of care for hire of any animal, reptile, fish or bird. Mobile Pet Shop: A motor vehicle used for the sale, grooming, breeding, treating, exhibition, or any other form of care for hire of any animal, reptile, fish or bird. A mobile pet care vehicle does not include a motor vehicle used solely for transporting animals, reptiles, fish or birds. No sales of animals, including reptiles, fish, birds or bait, shall be permitted from the vehicle.
 
No person shall bring into his/her place of business, into the city, or have in his/her possession for sale or otherwise any animal which is vicious, diseased, exotic or wild by nature. This license shall not apply to veterinarians or to persons or places selling only frogs, fish, worms or reptiles for use as live bait for fishing, or to scientific or educational institutions licensed by the State of Minnesota Livestock Sanitary Board.
 
PlumberAn individual who provides or offers to provide the following: (1) Connections with the water pipes, water mains, branch sewers, main sewers, drains or other service pipes of the city; (2) Repairs, additions or alterations of any pipe, tap, stopcock, water closet or any other fixture connected with or designed to be connected with the water works or sewer system with the city; (3)Installation, alteration or repair of any atmospheric burner; (4) Installation, alteration or repair of any power burner that does not exceed 100,000 BTUs; (5) Installation, alteration or repair of fuel gas piping, combustion air piping, fuel gas venting or gas burner equipment; (6) Installation, alteration or repair of any power burner equipment, provided the contractor employs a person holding a valid Master Gas Fitter Certificate of Competency issued by the City of Minneapolis. At no time may a plumber contractor install, alter, or repair any environmental burner. Items (3), (4), (5) and (6) do not apply to a contractor licensed only as a Gas Fitter Contractor.
 
Pool Tables: A commercial establishment or room for the playing of pool or billiards whether or not a fee is charged. 
 
Precious Metal Dealer: Any person, partnership or corporation, either as principal or agent, who engages in the business of buying or selling secondhand items containing precious metals, including but not limited to jewelry, watches, coins, eating utensils, candlestick holders, decorative objects and ingots. An ingot is a metal that is cast into a shape suitable for further processing. Precious metal includes gold, silver and platinum. Jewelry stores or coin shops that buy or trade items containing precious metals require a license.
 
Public Market (Farmers’ Market)A city-regulated air place for the selling and buying of farm products and other market related products.
 
Refrigeration Systems Installer: A person holding a valid certificate of competency issued by the City of Minneapolis who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair and service refrigeration equipment and systems. Refrigeration equipment is any part of a refrigeration system that includes any combination of parts in which a refrigerant is circulated for the purpose of extracting heat.
 
Recycling/Salvage Yard: All places, other than enclosed buildings, used for storing or keeping recyclable or salvage materials. This includes but not is limited to, recycling centers and garbage dumps. A license is required if any part is within the City of Minneapolis unless the handling of recyclable materials is only incidental to one’s business. 
 
Rental HallA building, facility, room, or portion thereof, that is rented, leased or otherwise made available to any person or group for a private event, not open to the general public, whether or not a fee is charged. A license is not required if:
 
1. The premises are licensed under Title 14 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances (Liquor Code);
 
2. A theater is operating within the scope of the license;
 
3. The hall has legal occupancy of fewer than 50 persons;
 
4. The purpose of the event is for bona fide religious or political activities; or
 
5. The hall is at an elementary, secondary, vocational or trade school, college or university, church, or affiliated with the Minneapolis Park Board or the City of Minneapolis.
 
A Temporary Rental Hall License may be granted for rental halls that are used for fewer than five days per year. Applications must be received at least 14 days before the event.
 
Residential Specialty ContractorA person who, as a prime contractor or subcontractor:
 
1. Owns/operates a residential specialty contracting business;
 
2. Undertakes, offers to undertake, or agrees to perform any building contracting;
 
3. Negotiates or offers to negotiate a building contract with an owner;
 
4. Solicits or otherwise endeavors to procure a building contract from an owner;
 
5. Works on one to four dwelling units.
 
This license authorizes an individual to perform one of the following disciplines:
 
Excavation: Excavating, trenching, grading, site grading.
 
Masonry/concrete: Drain systems, poured walls, slabs and poured-in-place footings.
 
Carpentry: Rough carpentry, finish carpentry, doors, windows and skylights, porches and decks (excluding concrete footings), wood foundations, drywall installation (excluding taping and finishing).
 
Interior finishing: Floor covering, wood floors, cabinet and countertop installation, insulation and vapor barriers, interior or exterior painting, ceramic, marble and quarry tile, wallpapering, ornamental guardrail and installation of prefabricated stairs.
 
Exterior finishing: Siding, soffit, fascia and trim, exterior plaster and stucco, painting, rain carrying.
 
Drywall and plaster: Installation, taping, finishing, interior plaster, painting, wallpapering.
 
Roofing: Roof coverings, roof sheathing, roof weatherproofing and insulation, repair of roof support system, but not construction of new roof support system. Roofers are required to obtain a State of Minnesota license. Contact the Department of Labor and Industry for further information.
 
General installation specialties: Garage doors and openers, pools, spas and hot tubs, fireplaces and wood stoves, asphalt paving and seal coating, exterior plaster and stucco, ornamental guardrail and prefabricated stairs.
 
Individuals who have a State of Minnesota Residential Building license are not required to obtain a Minneapolis license.
 
Resin Manufacturing: The making or production of resin. 
 
Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Café, and Dining Room:   A food establishment with 13 or more seats and no beverage alcohol. If an establishment has 12 or fewer seats, a Food Manufacturer License is required.
 
Restaurant, delicatessen: An establishment that sells ready-to-eat foods, in bulk or individual servings, primarily for consumption off the premises, and is not a fast food restaurant.
 
Restaurant, sit down: An establishment engaged in the preparation and retail sale of food and beverages, which is characterized by table service to customers and is not a delicatessen restaurant, fast food restaurant or nightclub.
 
Restaurant, fast food: An establishment whose design or principal method of operation includes five or more of the following characteristics. In addition, any restaurant with a drive-through facility shall be considered a fast food restaurant if:
 
1. A permanent menu board is provided from which to select and order food;
 
2. Customers pay for food before consuming it;
 
3. A self-service condiment bar is provided;
 
4. Trash receptacles are provided for self-service bussing;
 
5. Furnishing plan indicates hard finished stationary seating arrangement;
 
6. Most main course food items are substantially prepared or cooked on premises and packaged in individual, non-reusable containers.
 
Rubbish Hauler:  (Licensed as a Solid Waste Hauler.) An industrial hauler who collects and transports solid waste for the purpose of disposal. Solid Waste includes building debris, garbage, litter, refuse, and rubbish. Solid waste does not include human excreted matter, sewage or other water-carried waste, toxic and hazardous substances, or yard waste.
 
Sales Related License Definitions
 
Seasonal Food Permit: The sale of food and drink at multiple community events throughout the year. A maximum of two stands are allowed to operate for each permit.
 
Secondhand Goods DealerAny natural person, partnership, or corporation, either as a principal or agent or employee thereof, whose regular business includes selling or receiving tangible personal properties, excluding motor vehicles, previously owned, used, rented or leased. Class A: 400 or more transactions per year. Class B: 399 or fewer transactions per year. A license is not required for the following:
 
1. Garage, yard or estate sales held on private property of the seller or property owned, leased or rented by a charitable organization, where (a) the occupant owns the items offered for sale and none of the items were purchased for resale or consignment, (b) the owner conducts the sale and receives the proceeds, (c) sales do not exceed 72 consecutive hours, and (4) there are no more than two sales in any 12-month period.
 
2. Sales of books, magazines, postcards, postage stamps or philatelic material. Philatelic   material   includes   postage   stamps,   revenue   stamps,   stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.
 
3. Sales by licensed precious metals dealers, pawnbrokers, used auto parts dealers, exhibitors or municipal market operators.
 
Shooting GalleryAny public place or range for shooting and discharging firearms at a target for which a fee is charged. Shooting galleries or ranges maintained or operated by any military organization, police department or school and not available to the general public are exempt. Applicant must be a resident of Hennepin County and a registered voter for at least one year. If the applicant is a partnership, all members must be residents of Hennepin County and registered to vote for at least one year. Gambling is prohibited. No shooting gallery shall be located within 1,000 feet from a school, church, hospital or any location which will result in the annoyance of any nearby resident. No shooting gallery shall operate between the hours of 1 a.m. and 9 a.m.
 
Short Term Food Permit: The sale of food and drink for up to 10 consecutive days for no more than three times annually at community-based events such as fairs, community celebrations, carnivals, circuses, promotional food product events, and sporting events, for example. A maximum of two stands are allowed to operate for each permit.
 
Short-Term Rental Hosting Platform: A person or entity that participates in the short-term rental business by providing, and collecting or receiving a fee for, booking services through which an owner may offer a dwelling unit, or a portion thereof, for tourist or transient use. Hosting platforms usually, though not necessarily, provide booking services through an online platform that allows an owner to advertise the dwelling unit through a website provided by the hosting platform and the hosting platform conducts a transaction by which potential tourist or transient users arrange tourist or transient use and payment, whether the tourist or transient pays rent directly to the owner or to the hosting platform.
 
Sidewalk CaféA business licensed to sell food, beer or liquor for consumption and operating a portion of their business on the city sidewalk (right of way) immediately adjoining their business. Sidewalk café permits do not authorize placing or leaving any tables, chairs, furnishings, or other equipment during periods when the sidewalk café is not open and being operated unless the establishment is located in the Central Commercial District or the Lake and Hennepin PO Overlay District. A public hearing at the Regulatory, Energy and Environment Committee of the City Council may be required for license approval. Applicants with a liquor license must file a request for an Expansion of Premises for their liquor license.
 
Sidewalk Food Cart Vendor: An individual who sells prepackaged or limited ready-to-eat foods from a non-motorized mobile cart on public sidewalks or private property in downtown.
 
Sign Hanger/Billboard Erector:   A person who installs, reconstructs, alters, repairs or removes signs on the exterior walls or roofs of any building. A sign is defined as a notice bearing a name, direction, warning, or advertisement that is displayed or posted for public view.
 
Solicitor, Individual: An individual who obtains orders for merchandise for future delivery. Registration required. No fee.  
 
See Peddler, Transient Merchant, Youth Fundraiser.
 
Solid Waste Hauler:   An industrial hauler who collects and transports solid waste for the purpose of disposal.    Solid Waste includes building debris, garbage, litter, refuse, and rubbish. Solid waste does not include human excreted matter, sewage or other water-carried waste, toxic and hazardous substances, or yard waste.
 
Special All Night Bowling, Pool or BilliardsAny establishment with either a bowling or pool hall/billiard license and an on-sale liquor, wine, or beer license may apply to remain open to the public for up to 24 hours per day for games of bowling, pool and /or billiards. Establishments that do not sell beer, wine, or liquor are not eligible for this license.
 
Special Late Night Food:   Any establishment with an on-sale liquor, wine, or beer license may apply to remain open for food service beyond authorized alcohol service hours. The on-sale establishment must have sales from food and nonalcoholic beverages equal to at least 60% of gross sales revenues. Meal service must be provided during the special late hours, and the menu must include at least four entrees, sandwiches, or other principal food items. The business must be open for eight continuous hours daily, except Sunday, in addition to the hours authorized by the special late hours food license. Nightclubs are not eligible for this license. Example: On-Sale Restaurant or Banquet Hall.
 
Steam and Hot Water Systems Installer:    An individual holding a valid certificate of competency issued by the City of Minneapolis who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair and service:
 
1. Steam and hot water heating equipment and systems or
 
2. Cooling and steam piping equipment and systems.
 
A steam heating system is a heating system in which heat is transferred from the boiler or other source of steam to the heating units by means of steam at, above, or below atmospheric pressure, for purposes other than for heating.
 
Street Photographer: A person taking photographs, intended for sale, of any person on city streets or sidewalks.
 
Sun Tanning Facility:   A place that provides ultraviolet lamps or products containing such lamps intended for the irradiation of any part f the living human body for cosmetic or nonmedical related purposes.
 
Swimming Pool:    Any structure, basin, chamber, or tank constructed or designed to contain an artificial body of water for swimming, diving, relaxation or recreational bathing, and having a depth of two feet or more at any point, and a surface area exceeding 150 square feet, available for public use, whether or not a fee is charged. This includes hotels, health clubs, apartments and other pools available for use by the public. This license applies to hot tubs and whirlpools. Every location requires an application and certificate.
 
TaproomA brewer (licensed under Minnesota Statute 340A.301) who sells for consumption malt liquor they produce on their premises. This license is exempt from maintaining minimum food service requirements.
 
Tattooist / Body Piercer EstablishmentAny establishment where tattooing and/or piercing are practiced. Licenses issued by the state are also required for individual tattooists and body piercers.
 
Tattoo Establishment, Sponsor for Temporary Events: Licensed body art establishments or Professional Associations may sponsor up to two Temporary Events per calendar year in buildings other than their licensed premises for up to seven days in duration. Artists are required to obtain a State of Minnesota Guest Artist License unless they have a Minnesota Body Art Technician license.
 
Tattooist, Temporary Events:   A temporary license for a convention (up to 7 days/2 per year) or guest artist event (up to 90 days/4 per year) that is sponsored by a licensed tattooist, piercer, establishment or professional organization. A temporary license is required for the event and for each tattooist/body piercer.
 
Taxi Driver: The operator of a taxicab vehicle.
 
Taxi Service Company: The company that, for each group of taxicab vehicle owners operating under a common color scheme, provides services and facilities such as radio dispatching, color rights, advertising, telephone listing, maintenance, insurance, credit accounts, driver assignments and record keeping. Companies must have a central place of business within 12 miles of Minneapolis City Hall be open 24 hours a day/7 days a week with the ability to receive telephone calls and dispatch vehicles by a two-way radio. Must also have a minimum of five vehicles. Vehicles must have of model year of five years or less unless they are wheelchair-accessible vehicles or fuel-efficient vehicles, which can have a model year of eight years or less. 10% of vehicles must be wheelchair accessible. 10% of the vehicles must be fuel efficient (23 mpg/city). Vehicles that are wheelchair accessible and 23 mph/city meet both requirements. Services must be listed in both the white pages and yellow pages of the Minneapolis telephone directory.
 
Taxi Vehicle:
Vehicle: A motor vehicle engaged in the business of transporting passengers for hire, with a seating capacity of seven persons or less and not operating on a fixed route or schedule. This license does not apply to limousines.
 
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle: A motor vehicle for hire that is a minivan or similar vehicle specially adapted for wheelchair users and prioritizes requests for service from wheelchair users.
 
Any individual who drives a taxi licensed in Minneapolis is required to obtain a Minneapolis Taxicab Driver’s License.
 
Temporary License/Permit Definitions
 
Temporary Expansion of LicenseLicense holders of on-sale liquor, wine, or 3.2 beer establishments may apply for a Temporary Expansion of License for:
 
1. Premises that are directly adjacent and contiguous to their permanently licensed premises and/or
 
2. Entertainment not otherwise allowed under the establishment’s permanent license.
 
Individual establishments may be granted this license for up to four events in any 12- month period. Licenses may be granted for up to two consecutive days per event. If an establishment is located in the central commercial district or the TCF Stadium area, licenses may be granted for any combination of events/days but cannot exceed 12 days in any 12-month period. Example: Oktoberfest with live band and dancing in the parking lot.
 
Temporary Extended Hours:   Any licensed business in Minneapolis that does not sell or serve alcohol may apply for a Temporary Extended Hours License to operate later than their authorized hours. Individual establishments may be granted licenses for up to 35 days in any calendar year. A license may be granted for more than one day. Multiple licenses may be granted in each calendar year.
 
Temporary On-Sale 3.2 BeerMinnesota Statutes authorize this license only to a charitable, religious, or nonprofit corporation; a political committee registered under MN Statutes Sec. 10A.14; or a club as defined by MCO 360.10. No individual organization shall be granted this license more than four times per year or for more than 10 days. No more than 12 licenses shall be granted in any one calendar year at any location except for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Parade Stadium. Minimum distance requirements from schools or churches (300 feet) do not apply to this license. Example: Fundraising events.
 
Temporary On-Sale LiquorMinnesota Statute 340A.404 authorizes this license only to a charitable, religious, or nonprofit corporation in existence for three years; a political committee registered under MN Statutes Sec. 10A.14; or a club as defined by MCO 360.10. Minimum distance requirements from schools or churches (300 feet) do not apply to this license. No organization shall be granted more than one temporary license for the sale of alcoholic beverages within any 30-day period. No organization shall be granted temporary licenses for more than 3 four-day events, 4 three-day events, 6 two-day events, 12 one-day events, or any combination that exceeds 12 days per calendar year. No more than 12 licenses shall be granted in any one calendar year at any location. Wine Tasting Events, as defined by Minnesota Statute 340A.418 are limited to four hours or less. Example: Fundraising events.
 
Temporary On-Sale WineMinnesota Statute 340A.404 authorizes this license only to a charitable, religious, or nonprofit corporation in existence for three years; a political committee registered under MN Statutes Sec. 10A.14; or a club as defined by MCO 360.10. Minimum distance requirements from schools or churches (300 feet) do not apply to this license as defined in MCO 360.125(3). No organization shall be granted more than one temporary license for the sale of alcoholic beverages within any 30-day period. No organization shall be granted temporary licenses for more than 3 four-day events, 4 three-day events, 6 two- day events, 12 one-day events, or any combination which exceeds twelve (12) days per calendar year. No more than 12 licenses shall be granted in any one calendar year at any location. Wine-tasting events, as defined by Minnesota Statute 340A.418, are limited to four hours or less. Example: Fundraising events.
 
Theater:   A building or part of a building for housing dramatic presentations, stage entertainments, or motion-picture shows.
 
Tobacco Dealer: The sale, exchange, or barter of tobacco or tobacco-related devices. No tobacco dealer’s license shall be granted for any establishment in the C-1 zoning district after July 25, 2008.
 
Tobacco: Cigarettes, cigars, other smoking tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, or any other forms of tobacco prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing or smoking.
 
Tobacco-Related Devices: Any tobacco product as well as pipes, rolling papers, hookahs or other devices intentionally designed or intended to be used in a manner that enables the chewing, sniffing or smoking of tobacco or tobacco products.
 
Self-Service Merchandising: Open displays of tobacco, tobacco products, or tobacco-related devices in any manner where any person shall have access to the tobacco or tobacco-related devices without the assistance or intervention of the licensee or licensee's employee. Assistance or intervention entails the actual physical exchange of the tobacco or tobacco-related device between the customer and the licensee or employee.
 
Self-Service Method: Sales of tobacco or tobacco-related devices whereby the customer does not need to make a verbal or written request to an employee of the licensed premise to receive the tobacco, or tobacco-related device, and no physical exchange of the tobacco or tobacco-related device occurs between the customer and the licensee, an employee or agent of the licensee.
 
Vending Machine: A mechanical, electric or electronic device, regardless of locking mechanism that is used for the purposes of dispensing tobacco or tobacco-related devices. The sale of tobacco by vending machine shall require a license.   In the case of a vending machine, the license shall be held by the person or organization that has control and supervision of the premises.
 
Tow Truck, Class A:   Private property towing at the request of a person who is not the owner or operator of the vehicle, and vehicle towing and car starting at the request of the owner or agent of the vehicle for hire. A Tow Truck, Class A Driver Permit is required for each driver. 
 
Tow Truck, Class BTowing and car starting at the request of the owner or agent of the vehicle for hire.
 
Tow Truck, Class CCar starting for hire.
 
Tow Truck, Class DTowing or car starting, without compensation, for private or individual purposes.
 
Trades/Construction Related License Definitions
 
Transient Merchant: Any individual, partnership or corporation, who engages in any temporary and transient business selling goods in this city, either in one locality, or traveling from place to place in this city and hires, leases, or uses a building, structure, vacant lot, or any other property within the city for the exhibition and sale of such goods. May also provide goods for immediate sale on private property.
 
See Peddler, Solicitor, Youth Fundraiser.
 
Transportation Network Company (TNC): A company affiliated with TNC drivers that provides transportation application services which connect TNC endorsed drivers with passengers for the transport of passengers for compensation. Companies must have a central place of business within 12 miles of Minneapolis City Hall where required records can be viewed.
Tree ServicingThe felling, grinding, chipping, cutting, trimming, removal or hauling of trees, limbs, branches, stumps or roots that are two inches or more in diameter at the point of cutting or contact. Tree Servicing also includes the application of pesticides to a tree.   Individuals with Garbage or Refuse Haulers’ License are exempt from obtaining a license if they are engaged solely in removing or hauling away trees or parts thereof from property.
 
Valet ParkingA business where a patron’s vehicle is removed from a space on the public street to a private parking area for storage and subsequent retrieval upon the patron’s request.
 
Vehicle License Definitions
 
Vending Machines: A self service device offered for public use which, upon the insertion of a coin, bill or token dispenses a serving of food or beverage. Bottled and canned soda machines are exempt. This license permits two free vending machines located on the premises if they are owned and maintained by the licensee.
 
Video Permits: Film productions or video projects in the City of Minneapolis.
 
Wrecker of Buildings: An individual who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience and technical knowledge to wreck, demolish, or tear down any building or structure.
 
Class A Building Wrecker may engage in the business of wrecking, demolishing or tearing down any building or structure regardless of size or height.
 
Class B Building Wrecker may engage in the business of wrecking, demolishing or tearing down buildings not exceeding three stories or 35 feet in height and not exceeding a total of 10,000 square feet of floor area on all floor levels above grade.
 
Youth Fundraising: Organizations, whose members are individuals age 17 or under, sponsoring fundraising programs must register with the City of Minneapolis. Examples include public or private schools, scouts, community sports, etc. No fee is required.

Last updated Feb 27, 2019

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