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

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What’s new at Business Licenses?

Seven Acre Rule placed on November Ballot

The first question on the November ballot is related to the requirement for on sale liquor establishments to meet the seven acres of contiguous and commercially zoned property.  Minneapolis voters can remove this barrier for neighborhood restaurants seeking an on sale liquor license.   

Entertainment Classes for On Sale Alcohol Establishments Ordinance Amendment

A public hearing is scheduled on October 23, 2018 regarding changing the entertainment class definitions assigned to on sale alcohol licenses.  Proposed changes are found in Title 10, Title 13, and Title 14 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. 

Off Sale Spacing Requirements Ordinance Amendment

A public hearing is scheduled on October 23, 2018 regarding spacing requirements for off sale establishments.  Proposed changes are found in Title 14 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. 

New Tobacco Regulations effective August 1, 2018 and October 1, 2018

August 1, 2018: The sales of menthol products in Minneapolis are restricted to liquor stores and exclusive tobacco products shops.  This guide was sent to all tobacco retailers in April and June 2018. The Menthol Tobacco Products Guide was sent to retailers in early July 2018.

October 1, 2018: The minimum age to purchase tobacco will increase to 21 years-old. To help store owners communicate these changes to their customers, the City of Minneapolis sent this sticker to all tobacco licensees. Store owners can request more stickers by emailing [email protected]

New License Required 

Innovative Emerging Small Business Pilot Permit:  This new permit is intended for non-traditional  businesses currently not authorized in Minneapolis.  

Short-Term Rental Hosting Platform Application is required for internet sites which advertise rental dwelling units for property owners and collect a fee for booking services. A Rental License or Registration is required if a dwelling unit (room, full or partial house/apartment), is rented for periods of 30 days or less.   2019 Rental License Fees

Meet our Staff

Business Licenses Inspectors meet with neighborhood groups and the business community throughout the year. Meeting schedules are available for
Business Advisory Committee 
LINC (Liquor Industry & the City)  
Taxi Representatives

Business License Information Program (BLIP)

Brochures and videos for business owners, license applicants, and customers are available in our electronic library.  Information is also available in Español, Hmoob, and Soomaaliga. Topics include:      
     - Hailing a Taxi 
     - Hiring a Contractor
     - Hosting a Catered Event, and more.

Working to ensure the safety, health, and livability of our community through regulation, enforcement and education. 


Last updated Oct 16, 2018



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