Make sure you know our local regulations about running your home business.
What are the first steps in starting a home business?
- All home businesses must register with the City.
- Registrations must be renewed each year.
- Registrations must be submitted and approved by the City.
- Registrations are not transferable between persons or places.
Taking care of your business and neighborhood
- Businesses must not change the residential character of the neighborhood.
- A home business must not disturb neighboring properties.
- Handling and use of hazardous materials is restricted.
- Client and customer parking must meet the city code.
Can I have a sign?
- Yes, but only one sign is allowed for each home business.
- Signs must not be larger than two square feet in area.
- Signs must be 20 feet back from the property line.
Can I have employees?
- Yes, but only one employee is allowed that doesn’t live inside the home.
- All other employees must be occupants of the home.
What can I sell or service can I provide?
- Products must be made on-site only.
- Products produced off-site cannot be sold.
Examples of acceptable home businesses
- Tax preparer
- Home office
- Handmade crafts
- Tailor or seamstress
Where am I allowed to store my products?
- All materials, equipment, parts or supplies related to the business must be stored inside.
- Food/beverage businesses may require a commercial kitchen.
For more information on what types of food can be produced at home go to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.
Helpful tips for business deliveries
- Traffic and parking needed for deliveries must follow the city code.
- Deliveries must be made by vehicles that typically service residential areas.
Can I have a business at my home to repair vehicles?
- No. Vehicle repair is limited to repairs of your own vehicles that can be completed in a 24-hour period
- Vehicle painting is not allowed in residential areas.
Can I sell my vehicles?
- Only two vehicle or equipment sales are allowed each year.
- Vehicles must be registered to a current resident or owner of the property.
- Vehicles must be parked on a paved driveway surface.
Apply for a home business license
Phone and email
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Register your business name
Register with the Secretary of State
Permit to collect and remit tax
If you sell retail items that are taxable, you must get a Minnesota Sales and Use Tax permit from the Department of Revenue.
Get tax information from the Minnesota Department of Revenue >
Register your cottage food business
See Department of Agriculture cottage food producer registration >
Free business advice is available to Brooklyn Park residents.
See Starting or Expanding a business – consultation >
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