Community Planning & Economic Development

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

Business Licenses

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What’s new at Business Licenses?

Upcoming Public Hearings - October 10, 2017
Short-Term Rental Properties:  Registration and Licensing
1.  Adding a new Chapter 351 to the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, requiring all Short-Term Rental Service Hosting Platforms to obtain a Minneapolis business license. 
2.  Amending Chapter 244 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, adding requirements for Short-Term Rental Property Owners.

Planning a Special Event?
     Special events guide - temporary licenses and permits     
     Block events - business district or residential
     Event food sponsoring permit
     Mobile food vehicle (food truck)
     Seasonal food permit
     Short-term food permit

     Street Use Permits - race or parades

False Alarm Online Payments Coming Soon
Effective September 7, 2017 you can pay false alarm fees electronically using the city's new false alarm software. 

New Tobacco Ordinance
Effective August 1, 2018, the sale of menthol, mint and wintergreen tobacco products is restricted to Exclusive Tobacco Dealers and Off Sale Liquor Stores that prohibit any one under the age of 21 from their establishment without a parent or guardian. 

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 
    Somali Business Community Forum  
     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.

Information in Other Languages: Yog xav paub ntau tshaj no, hu (612) 673-2800. Macluumaad dheeri ah, kala soo xiriir (612) 673-3500. Para mas información llame al (612) 673-2700.

Last updated Oct 11, 2017



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