Exhibitions, Temporary Markets, and Flea Markets
This page provides a brief summary of the City of Minneapolis business license requirements. It is intended to educate our business partners on some of the ways to protect your business from common license violations.
With a changing business climate, Minneapolis is expanding the types of retail opportunities for residents and visitors; promoting recycled, vintage and collectible markets to contribute to sustainable lifestyles and economic growth. Exhibitions and Temporary Markets, or Flea Markets, are licensed by the city and overseen by a manager who is responsible for the supervision, management and control of the market.
Markets must meet zoning requirements
- Site plan approval will be required and includes parking, trash removal and toilets.
- Hours of operation will be limited to 6AM-10PM unless an extended hour’s license has been obtained.
- Vendors are prohibited from purchasing items at the market.
Goods sold, by vendors, in the temporary market include, but are not limited to:
- Arts and Crafts
- Second Hand Goods
- Precious metals and jewelry
- Agricultural goods and food products (limited to 25% of vendors with a maximum of 10)
Restrictions on the types of goods sold include but are not limited to:
- Electronics including used cell phones
- Drug paraphernalia
- Hazardous materials
- Alcoholic beverages
- New merchandise
What Happens if You Are in Violation?
- In certain circumstances, administrative citations can be issued on the first violation.
- Expect a letter, telephone call or visit from a License Inspector describing the complaint or violation.
- Take this notice seriously. Call your Inspector for information or solutions.
- Failure to comply with violation orders may result in citations, fines, suspensions, and revocation of your license to operate.
A complete set of requirements may be found in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances (MCO)
Questions? Give us a call: (612) 673-2080 or 311
For reasonable accommodations, or alternative formats, contact 311.
People who are deaf, or hard of hearing, can use a relay service to call 311 at (612) 673-3000.
TTY users can call (612) 673-2157 or (612) 673-2626.
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Last updated Mar 1, 2019