Renew Your License

Steps to renew annually

Renew Your License

All businesses need to renew their licenses annually. Check your license certificate to see when your license expires, or find your license type on the City of Minneapolis Business Licensing page. The annual expiration date is located in the upper right hand corner of the license application. Follow the steps below to renew your license:

Renew by Mail

  • Business licensing will mail out a renewal notice approximately 45 days before you renewal is due. It will mailed to the address you provided in the original application.
  • There are details on the bill that will need to be verified. Most licensees will only need to verify the information on the bill. If there are no changes to your business or business structure, sign it and pay the amount due.
  • There will be a due date listed on the bill. If you don't renew before that date, a 20 percent late penalty will be charged.
  • On the back of the bill, you fill find a checklist of all the materials and actions needed to complete the renewal.
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Renew in Person

Visit the Business Licensing Counter to renew your business licensee in person.

Business Licenses
350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Making Changes to your License

Individuals seeking to make a change in their operation must first submit an application for approval. Failure to report changes may lead to license revocation. Examples include:

  • Adding or replacing a partner or manager.
  • Transferring or selling shares.
  • Upgrading entertainment.
  • Expanding premises, temporarily or permanently.

Changes in Your Business Structure

  • Corporations: Corporations can be bought and sold and the business license is maintained. If there are shareholders, individuals’ background information must be submitted to update the file.
  • New Shareholders Only: When new shareholders are added, individual information must be submitted so the file can be updated. A new license is not required.
  • Partnerships: When a partner leaves the business, the partnership is dissolved. A new license application and business license are required.
  • Sole Proprietorship: A sole proprietorship license is issued strictly to the person whose name is on the application. If the sole proprietor leaves the business, the license is no longer valid.

Display Your License

Once you receive your new license, make sure to display it at your place of business.

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