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

How Do I Obtain a Business License?

Before submitting a license application, review these considerations:

  1. View the list of license types and complete a license application.
  2. Take your completed application to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th St., Room 300. Free parking is available.
  3. Once you submit your completed application, a License Inspector will review the application, inspect the premises, and contact you.
  4. If you have any questions, contact a License Inspector.

A Few Tips…

Start early – Prepare and submit your application well in advance of the date you wish to start your business. It may take extra time to schedule inspections and secure approvals from multiple divisions such as Zoning, Health, and Fire.

Follow the checklist – The entire set of requirements is listed on the first page of every license application packet.

Know the requirements – Before you sign a lease, consider making it contingent on obtaining the license you desire. Staff from Zoning can determine the type of business permitted at a location. You may need to submit a floor plan. Additional permits for building, plumbing or mechanical may be required. More information can be obtained from the Minneapolis Development Review Office.

Submit a completed application – Staff cannot process an application with missing information.

Last updated Jan 5, 2017