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Business Licenses & Consumer Services
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Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2080
Fax: (612) 673-3399

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Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Entertainment, Recreation & Animals

Listed below are the applications for a new license.  Before you begin, look at our instructions on how to apply for a business license

License Applications

Arcade Machines: Mechanical, electronic, and video games for customers to play with a coin or token. Each machine must have a license. Here are a few examples.

·       electric gun ranges

·       games of baseball or hockey

·       miniature pool tables

·       photo machines

·       pinball machines

·       recording machines

Arcade, (Place of): Any place that has three or more amusement mechanical devices (machines).

Carnival: A traveling show with acts, games, vending machines, or amusement rides.  

Circus: A traveling show with acrobats, clowns, entertainers and/or trained animals.

Courtesy Bench: Any bench near the street used by the public.  

Dancing School: A school where people pay to learn dance.

Entertainment, Place ofA business offering entertainment to the public. Examples include

·       children’s theater

·       dance productions

·       musical concerts

·       public dances

·       shows

·       skits 

    A Place of Entertainment license is not required for the following:

·       carnivals

·       dance halls

·       food establishments with less than 2,500 square feet

·       places licensed for on-sale beer, wine or liquor

·       religious organizations

·       movie theaters

Extended Hours of Operation: Any business that is open later than their legal hours.

 

Horse and Carriage Livery ServicesA horse-drawn carriage for hire.  

 

Pet Shop (Commercial Animal Care Provider): The sale, grooming, breeding, or any other care of animals, reptile, fish or birds. 

 

Pool Tables: A business that offers pool or billiards for customers.

Rental HallA building, available for rent, for a private event. A license is not required for theaters or businesses with an alcohol license. A Temporary Rental Hall License is available for places used for four or less days per year.

Shooting Gallery: A place for shooting guns at a target. Shooting galleries for only by military or police departments do not need a license.

Swimming PoolAny structure that contains water for swimming by the public.  Each pool, hot tub or whirlpool needs a license. This includes hotels, health clubs, apartments and public pools.

Theater: A place for live performances or movies.

Questions?

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For reasonable accommodations, or alternative formats, call or email 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.
Para asistencia 612- 673-2700. Yog xav tau kev pab hu 612- 637-2800. Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

Last updated Aug 7, 2019

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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.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 

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