Alcohol Licenses Frequently Asked Questions
How do you apply for a liquor license?
Who can I call if I have questions/complaints about a neighboring alcohol establishment?
You may either call or email Minneapolis 311, which addresses nonemergency concerns.
Where can I find a link to the city ordinance regarding alcohol licenses/ sales, so I can get a better understanding of the rules and regulations that these establishments must follow?
How can I find out what my ward is and who the City Council Member for my ward is?
The City's website has a map for you to type in your address.
How long does the process of obtaining a liquor license in Minneapolis take?
About six to eight weeks.
Besides 3-1-1 is there a general Business Licensing number that I can contact for more information?
You can call 311 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on weekends or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov. The telephone number for Business Licenses is (612) 673-2080. We are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
What are the main rules, regulations, procedures and standards these alcohol-serving establishments have to follow? (Noise, litter, serving within hours, etc.)?
Inspectors use a checklist for enforcement and accountability.
What are the acceptable forms of identification?
The State of Minnesota has an Identification Card Requirements document on their website.
How are these rules and regulations enforced?
Routine, complaint, and after-hour enforcement by License Inspectors.
What are the penalties for these violations? For repeat violations?
Warnings, citations, fines, license suspension and/or revocation.
Where can I find a calendar showing the different dates and subject matter for public council meetings? And if I were to attend this public meeting, would I have a chance to voice my concerns directly to the council?
Last updated Jan 26, 2015