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Business Licenses

The Rental and Licensing Division issues several different types of licenses. The application requirements and processes vary from license to license. Most City license holders are required to renew their licenses on an annual basis. The following is a list and description of the most common license types.

Alcohol/liquor

Types of liquor licenses

There are several types of liquor licenses available in Brooklyn Park:

  • On-Sale Intoxicating
  • Off-Sale Intoxicating
  • 3.2 Malt Liquor
  • Wine
  • Club
  • Temporary Liquor (available for nonprofit events)

Fee

Fees vary depending on the type of liquor license applied for and all licenses are renewed annually.

Process for submitting and approving a license

Completed applications, including the appropriate fee, must be submitted 3 months before opening to ensure adequate time for approval and processing. Temporary liquor license applications must be submitted 60 days prior to the event. All applications require City Council approval.

Applications

Because of the extensive requirements, liquor license applications are not available online. To apply, please stop in at City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N. or call our Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182.

Contact us

Contact the Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182. 

Apiary (beekeeping)

All properties are allowed to have honeybees with an approved registration. The registration process includes a site inspection and a notification letter sent to the neighbors of the proposed beekeeping location.

Fee

A one-time registration fee is $75. Registrations are valid from April 1 through the following March 31 and must be renewed each year.

Applications

Beekeeping registration application (PDF)

Beekeeping renewal application (PDF)

Map of bee hives

View the location of registered bee hives

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070.

Body art (tattoos and body piercings)

Businesses or individuals providing body art services must be licensed. Before opening, a layout of the establishment must be submitted and reviewed by the city.

Fee

The annual fee for this license is $250. The license period runs from January 1 through December 31.

Technicians

All body art technicians operating from the licensed establishment must have a valid certificate from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Body art licensing - Minnesota Department of Health

Applications

Body art establishment plan review and license application (PDF)

Body art establishment license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070. 

Door-to-door business

Peddler

Individuals or businesses selling goods door-to-door must get a peddler license. In addition to the license fee of $25 per week or $30 annually, applicants are required to pay a $25 background investigation fee and provide two current passport size photos.

Solicitor

Anyone soliciting business door-to-door but not actually selling goods must get a solicitor license. In addition to the permit application, the applicant is required to provide two current passport-sized photos and a copy of any printed material that is to be distributed to residents. There is no charge for solicitor permits, but applicants must register each year.

Applications

Peddler license application (PDF)

Solicitor license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182. 

Food

When serving food to the public a food license is required. Businesses that require a food license include:

  • Temporary food stand
  • Schools
  • Daycares
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery stores or markets
  • Coffee shops
  • Food trucks

Fees

Fees vary depending on the type of food license applied for. The license period runs from January 1 through December 31.

Building a new facility

When building a new food facility, a plan review is required along with any associated building requirements. The plan review application and all of the documents must be approved before a license can be issued.

Applications

Food establishment license application (PDF)

Grocery store plan review and license applications (PDF)

New restaurant plan review and license applications (PDF)

Food truck plan review and license application (PDF)

Food truck license application (PDF)

Temporary food stand license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070. 

Garbage haulers

All garbage haulers operating within Brooklyn Park must be licensed. A copy of the current Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspection Report for each vehicle must be included with the application.

Fees

The license fee is dependent on the number of vehicles operating in the city. The license period runs from July 1 through June 30.

Application

Waste collection license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182.

Home business

All home businesses in Brooklyn Park must register with the city, meet city ordinance requirements and obtain a permit. This permit allows a business use at a residential property only if the residential character of the neighborhood is maintained. Certain types of businesses are restricted or not allowed in residential neighborhoods. 

Fee

The annual fee for this permit is $40. The license period runs from January 1 through December 31.

Application

Home business permit application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070.

Lodging

Lodging facilities require a license. Businesses that require a lodging license include:

  • Motels
  • Hotels
  • Boarding facilities that service between 5 and 10 residents

Fees

Fees vary depending on the type of lodging license applied for. The license period runs from January 1 through December 31.

New facilities

When building or opening a new lodging facility, a plan review is required along with any associated building requirements. The plan review application and all of the documents must be approved before a license can be issued.

Applications

Lodging license application (PDF)

Boarding and lodging review plan and license applications (PDF)

Boarding and lodging facilities that service 5 to 10 residents review plan and license applications (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070.

Massage

Massage establishment (enterprise)

A massage establishment (enterprise) license is required for any business where massage is performed by licensed massage therapists to the public. The fee for a massage enterprise license is $125 annually. In addition to license fee, a one-time $100 background investigation fee is collected at the time of application.

Massage therapist

Each massage therapist is required to have:

  • Their own license
  • Proof of training and accreditation
  • Valid identification
  • Professional liability insurance

The fee for a massage therapist license is $25 per year plus a one-time $100 background investigation fee.

Applications

Massage enterprise license application (PDF)

Massage therapist license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182.

Rental: apartment

Small apartments (4 to 15 units)

A license is required for any building with 4 to 15 rental units. The license fee for small apartments is $200, plus $25 per unit.

Large apartments (16 or more units)

A license is required for any building with 16 or more rental units. The license fee for large apartments (or multi-family dwellings) is $25 per unit.

Inspections

There is an annual inspection for each apartment building. When all inspections have been completed, the inspector will issue a compliance certificate that enables the apartment owner to renew their license for the upcoming year.

Applications

Small apartment and rental license application (PDF)

Large apartment license application (PDF)

Contact us

Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182.

Rental: single-family

A rental license is required for any single-family dwelling that is not owner-occupied.

Fees

The property owner must submit the $150 license fee and a $750 conversion fee. Properties that are currently being managed as a rental property and are sold to a new owner do not require the conversion fee. 

The license period runs from October 1 through September 30. Rental licenses are renewed every year.

Inspections

All rental properties are subject to an inspection at least once every two years. The rental inspector will notify the property owner by mail of the date and time of the inspection.

Required training

The Brooklyn Park Police Department requires all rental property owners or their property managers to attend a Crime Free Housing seminar. Applicants have one year from the time the City issues them a rental license to attend the seminar.

Renting to family

If you are renting your property to an immediate family member, you must register the property as a Relative Homestead. Please contact the Assessing Division with any questions at 763-493-8175.

Application

Single-family rental and small apartment license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182.

Special event

Any individual or organization hosting a special event outdoors may require a permit or license depending on the specific activities involved. A separate temporary food license may be required for any food served at the event.

Fee

The fee is $50 per event. Non-profit organizations must submit a permit application, but the fees are waived.

Application

Special event permit application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070.

Swimming pools and spas

All public swimming pools and spas must be licensed. This does not include private swimming pools or any natural swimming areas.

Fees

Annual license fee is $360 for an indoor pool and $275 for an outdoor pool. Each additional indoor pool is $330 and each additional indoor pool is $225. The license period runs from May 1 to April 30.

Inspections

Outdoor pools must be inspected before opening in the spring.

Application

Swimming pool license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070.

Temporary Signs

Businesses are allowed up to three temporary sign permits per year. Each permit is good for 30-days. Temporary signs must be banner-style and/or feather flags. Businesses are allowed a one-time permit at no cost to place a grand opening banner for 60 consecutive days.

Fee

The fee for each permit is $75. Non-profit organizations must submit a permit application, but the fees are waived.

Application

Temporary sign permit application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Code Enforcement and Public Health Division at 763-493-8070.

Tobacco

Any businesses selling tobacco or tobacco products in the city including e-cigs, must apply for a tobacco license. The license applications are subject City Council approval.

Fee

License annual fee is $200. The license period runs from January 1 through December 31.

Application

Tobacco sales license application (PDF)

Contact us

Contact the Rental and Business Licensing Division at 763-493-8182.

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to City Hall

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday hours

We are closed February 20 for Presidents' Day.

Phone and email

Rental and Business Licensing
763-493-8182
Email the Rental and Business Licensing Department

 
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