Community Planning & Economic Development

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

Alcohol Licenses Frequently Asked Questions

How do you apply for a liquor license?

Guidelines and application forms are on our website: Business.Licenses@minneapolismn.gov. These include checklists of what you need to do to obtain a liquor license.

Who can I call if I have questions/complaints about a neighboring alcohol establishment?

You may either call or email Minneapolis 311, which addresses nonemergency concerns.

Where can I find a link to the city ordinance regarding alcohol licenses/ sales, so I can get a better understanding of the rules and regulations that these establishments must follow?

See Code of Ordinances, Title 14: Liquor and Beer.

How can I find out what my ward is and who the City Council Member for my ward is?

The City's website has a map for you to type in your address.

How long does the process of obtaining a liquor license in Minneapolis take?

About six to eight weeks.

Besides 3-1-1 is there a general Business Licensing number that I can contact for more information?

You can call 311 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov. The telephone number for Business Licenses is (612) 673-2080. We are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What are the main rules, regulations, procedures and standards these alcohol-serving establishments have to follow? (Noise, litter, serving within hours, etc.)?

Inspectors use a checklist for enforcement and accountability.

What are the acceptable forms of identification?

The State of Minnesota has an Identification Card Requirements document on their website.

How are these rules and regulations enforced?

Routine, complaint, and after-hour enforcement by License Inspectors.

What are the penalties for these violations? For repeat violations?

Warnings, citations, fines, license suspension and/or revocation.

Where can I find a calendar showing the different dates and subject matter for public council meetings? And if I were to attend this public meeting, would I have a chance to voice my concerns directly to the council?

A meeting schedule is available from our website. You may also contact your Council Member or License Inspector (word) .

Last updated Jun 16, 2014