Community Planning & Economic Development

Business Licenses & Consumer Services
350 S. 5th Street, Room 1C
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2080
Fax: (612) 673-3399

Top Tips for Liquor Licensees

1. Don’t sell alcohol to people under age 21 or hire anyone under age 18. Insist on a photo ID.

2. Don’t allow anyone drink on your premises after hours of operation, including employees.

3. Provide alcohol service training to employees within 60 days of hire and each year thereafter. This includes laws about sale of alcohol, rules for identification checks, recognizing intoxicated persons and the responsibilities of establishments serving intoxicating liquors.

4. Do not allow open containers of alcohol to be removed from your on-sale premises.

5. Be a good neighbor.

6. Don’t allow unlawful gambling on the premises.

7. Notify the police of illegal activity.

8. Pick up litter each day.

9. Maintain your insurance.

10. Know your occupancy limit. Don’t violate it. This includes both inside and outside.

11. Have an exit plan that ensures patrons depart quietly and courteously without disturbing nearby neighbors.

12. Comply with your approved business plan, including hours, security and entertainment.

13. Follow these tips for meeting your minimum food sales requirement:

14. Notify Business Licensing of corporate changes, including different owners, officers, directors, shareholders, or managers, for example. Physical changes, such as enlarging the premises or adding a sidewalk café, must be approved by the City in advance. Failure to report these changes may result in adverse license action.

15. Pay your taxes, fees, assessments, and fines. No license is granted or renewed if taxes, assessments or other financial claims of the city or state are unpaid.

Last updated Mar 28, 2013