Minnesota Licensing Resources

Find information about obtaining, maintaining, and amending a variety of Minnesota licenses and registrations.

Every state has different licensing and registration requirements for business entities and nonprofits, depending on the services they offer. On this page you'll find Minnesota-specific guides and resources dealing with entity formation, occupational licensing, tax filings, and a variety of other important compliance topics.

Minnesota State Licensing Agencies

Below is a listing of the state-level licensing agencies within Minnesota that a business should check for business license requirements.

  • Attorney General - Charities
  • Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Commerce - Licensing Unit
  • Department of Health - Asbestos Program
  • Department of Health - Lead Program
  • Department of Labor and Industry
  • Department of Labor and Industry - Construction Codes and Licensing Division
  • Department of Labor and Industry - Elevator Constructors Division
  • Department of Labor and Industry - Manufactured Home Installation Division
  • Department of Labor and Industry - Residential Contractors, Remodelers, Roofers Division
  • Department of Public Safety - Liquor Control Division
  • Department of Revenue
  • Gambling Control Board
  • Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Board
  • Secretary of State
  • State Board of Accountancy
  • Unemployment Insurance Program

Minnesota Local Business Licences

Below is a listing of the local jurisdictions within Minnesota that a business should check for local business license requirements.

County / Parish

  • Aitkin County
  • Anoka County
  • Becker County
  • Beltrami County
  • Benton County
  • Big Stone County
  • Blue Earth County
  • Brown County
  • Carlton County
  • Carver County
  • Cass County
  • Chippewa County
  • Chisago County
  • Clay County
  • Clearwater County
  • Cook County
  • Cottonwood County
  • Crow Wing County
  • Dakota County
  • Dodge County
  • Douglas County
  • Faribault County
  • Fillmore County
  • Freeborn County
  • Goodhue County
  • Grant County
  • Hennepin County
  • Houston County
  • Hubbard County
  • Isanti County
  • Itasca County
  • Jackson County
  • Kanabec County
  • Kandiyohi County
  • Kittson County
  • Koochiching County
  • Lac qui Parle County
  • Lake County
  • Lake of the Woods County
  • Le Sueur County
  • Lincoln County
  • Lyon County
  • Mahnomen County
  • Marshall County
  • Martin County
  • McLeod County
  • Meeker County
  • Mille Lacs County
  • Morrison County
  • Mower County
  • Murray County
  • Nicollet County
  • Nobles County
  • Norman County
  • Olmsted County
  • Otter Tail County
  • Pennington County
  • Pine County
  • Pipestone County
  • Polk County
  • Pope County
  • Ramsey County
  • Red Lake County
  • Redwood County
  • Renville County
  • Rice County
  • Rock County
  • Roseau County
  • Scott County
  • Sherburne County
  • Sibley County
  • St. Louis County
  • Stearns County
  • Steele County
  • Stevens County
  • Swift County
  • Todd County
  • Traverse County
  • Wabasha County
  • Wadena County
  • Waseca County
  • Washington County
  • Watonwan County
  • Wilkin County
  • Winona County
  • Wright County
  • Yellow Medicine County

City / Borough / Municipality / Neighborhood

  • Ada
  • Adams
  • Adrian
  • Afton
  • Aitkin
  • Albany
  • Albert Lea
  • Alberta
  • Albertville
  • Alden
  • Alexandria
  • Altura
  • Andover
  • Annandale
  • Anoka
  • Apple Valley
  • Appleton
  • Arden Hills
  • Argyle
  • Arlington
  • Ashby
  • Askov
  • Atwater
  • Audubon
  • Aurora
  • Austin
  • Avon
  • Backus
  • Badger
  • Bagley
  • Balaton
  • Barnesville
  • Barnum
  • Barrett
  • Battle Lake
  • Baudette
  • Baxter
  • Bayport
  • Beardsley
  • Becker
  • Belgrade
  • Belle Plaine
  • Bellingham
  • Beltrami
  • Belview
  • Bemidji
  • Benson
  • Bertha
  • Bethel
  • Big Lake
  • Bigfork
  • Bird Island
  • Blackduck
  • Blaine
  • Blomkest
  • Blooming Prairie
  • Bloomington
  • Blue Earth
  • Borup
  • Braham
  • Brainerd
  • Brandon
  • Breckenridge
  • Breezy Point
  • Bricelyn
  • Brimson
  • Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Brooten
  • Browerville
  • Browns Valley
  • Brownsdale
  • Brownsville
  • Brownton
  • Bruno
  • Buffalo
  • Buhl
  • Burnsville
  • Butterfield
  • Byron
  • Caledonia
  • Cambridge
  • Campbell
  • Canby
  • Cannon Falls
  • Carlton
  • Carver
  • Cass Lake
  • Center City
  • Champlin
  • Chanhassen
  • Chaska
  • Chatfield
  • Chisago City
  • Chisholm
  • Chokio
  • Circle Pines
  • Clara City
  • Clarissa
  • Clarkfield
  • Clear Lake
  • Clearbrook
  • Clearwater
  • Clements
  • Cleveland
  • Climax
  • Clinton
  • Cloquet
  • Cohasset
  • Cokato
  • Cold Spring
  • Coleraine
  • Collegeville
  • Cologne
  • Columbia Heights
  • Comfrey
  • Cook
  • Coon Rapids
  • Cosmos
  • Cottage Grove
  • Cottonwood
  • Cromwell
  • Crookston
  • Crosby
  • Crosslake
  • Crystal
  • Crystal Bay
  • Cyrus
  • Dakota
  • Danube
  • Darwin
  • Dassel
  • Dawson
  • Dayton
  • Deer River
  • Delano
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Dilworth
  • Dodge Center
  • Dover
  • Duluth
  • Eagan
  • Eagle Bend
  • Eagle Lake
  • East Grand Forks
  • Easton
  • Echo
  • Eden Prairie
  • Eden Valley
  • Edgerton
  • Edina
  • Eitzen
  • Elbow Lake
  • Elgin
  • Elk River
  • Elko New Market
  • Ellsworth
  • Ely
  • Elysian
  • Emily
  • Erskine
  • Esko
  • Evansville
  • Eveleth
  • Excelsior
  • Fairfax
  • Fairmont
  • Falcon Heights
  • Faribault
  • Farmington
  • Fergus Falls
  • Fertile
  • Finlayson
  • Fisher
  • Floodwood
  • Foley
  • Forest Lake
  • Fosston
  • Franklin
  • Frazee
  • Freeborn
  • Fridley
  • Fulda
  • Garfield
  • Gaylord
  • Gibbon
  • Gilbert
  • Glencoe
  • Glenville
  • Glenwood
  • Glyndon
  • Golden Valley
  • Good Thunder
  • Goodhue
  • Goodridge
  • Graceville
  • Granada
  • Grand Marais
  • Grand Meadow
  • Grand Portage
  • Grand Rapids
  • Grandy
  • Granite Falls
  • Greenbush
  • Grey Eagle
  • Grove City
  • Grygla
  • Hackensack
  • Hallock
  • Halstad
  • Ham Lake
  • Hamel
  • Hancock
  • Hanska
  • Harmony
  • Hastings
  • Hawley
  • Hayfield
  • Hector
  • Henderson
  • Henning
  • Herman
  • Hermantown
  • Heron Lake
  • Hewitt
  • Hibbing
  • Hill City
  • Hills
  • Hinckley
  • Hoffman
  • Holdingford
  • Hopkins
  • Houston
  • Howard Lake
  • Hoyt Lakes
  • Hugo
  • Hutchinson
  • International Falls
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Ironton
  • Isanti
  • Isle
  • Ivanhoe
  • Jackson
  • Janesville
  • Jeffers
  • Jordan
  • Kandiyohi
  • Karlstad
  • Kasota
  • Kasson
  • Keewatin
  • Kelliher
  • Kenyon
  • Kerkhoven
  • Kettle River
  • Kiester
  • Kimball
  • Knife River
  • La Crescent
  • Lafayette
  • Lake Benton
  • Lake City
  • Lake Crystal
  • Lake Elmo
  • Lake Lillian
  • Lake Park
  • Lakefield
  • Lakeville
  • Lamberton
  • Lancaster
  • Lanesboro
  • Laporte
  • Le Center
  • Le Roy
  • Le Sueur
  • Leonard
  • Lester Prairie
  • Lewiston
  • Lewisville
  • Lindstrom
  • Lino Lakes
  • Litchfield
  • Little Falls
  • Littlefork
  • Long Lake
  • Long Prairie
  • Longville
  • Lonsdale
  • Loretto
  • Luverne
  • Lyle
  • Lynd
  • Mabel
  • Madelia
  • Madison
  • Magnolia
  • Mahnomen
  • Mahtomedi
  • Mankato
  • Mantorville
  • Maple Grove
  • Maple Lake
  • Maple Plain
  • Mapleton
  • Maplewood
  • Marshall
  • Mayer
  • Maynard
  • Mazeppa
  • McGregor
  • McIntosh
  • Meadowlands
  • Medford
  • Medina
  • Melrose
  • Menahga
  • Mendota Heights
  • Mentor
  • Middle River
  • Milaca
  • Milan
  • Millville
  • Milroy
  • Minneapolis
  • Minneota
  • Minnesota Lake
  • Minnetonka
  • Minnetrista
  • Montevideo
  • Montgomery
  • Monticello
  • Montrose
  • Moorhead
  • Moose Lake
  • Mora
  • Morgan
  • Morris
  • Morristown
  • Motley
  • Mound
  • Mounds View
  • Mountain Iron
  • Mountain Lake
  • Nashua
  • Nashwauk
  • Nevis
  • New Brighton
  • New Hope
  • New London
  • New Prague
  • New Richland
  • New Ulm
  • New York Mills
  • Newfolden
  • Newport
  • Nicollet
  • North Branch
  • North Saint Paul
  • Northfield
  • Northome
  • Norwood Young America
  • Oakdale
  • Odin
  • Ogilvie
  • Okabena
  • Oklee
  • Olivia
  • Onamia
  • Orono
  • Oronoco
  • Ortonville
  • Osakis
  • Oslo
  • Osseo
  • Otsego
  • Ottertail
  • Owatonna
  • Park Rapids
  • Parkers Prairie
  • Paynesville
  • Pelican Rapids
  • Pennington
  • Pequot Lakes
  • Perham
  • Pierz
  • Pillager
  • Pine City
  • Pine Island
  • Pine River
  • Pipestone
  • Plainview
  • Plummer
  • Plymouth
  • Preston
  • Princeton
  • Prinsburg
  • Prior Lake
  • Ramsey
  • Randolph
  • Raymond
  • Red Lake
  • Red Lake Falls
  • Red Wing
  • Redwood Falls
  • Remer
  • Renville
  • Rice
  • Richfield
  • Richmond
  • Robbinsdale
  • Rochester
  • Rockford
  • Rogers
  • Rollingstone
  • Roseau
  • Rosemount
  • Roseville
  • Rothsay
  • Round Lake
  • Royalton
  • Rush City
  • Rushford
  • Russell
  • Ruthton
  • Sacred Heart
  • Saint Bonifacius
  • Saint Charles
  • Saint Clair
  • Saint Cloud
  • Saint Francis
  • Saint James
  • Saint Joseph
  • Saint Louis Park
  • Saint Michael
  • Saint Paul
  • Saint Paul Park
  • Saint Peter
  • Sanborn
  • Sandstone
  • Sartell
  • Sauk Centre
  • Sauk Rapids
  • Savage
  • Schroeder
  • Sebeka
  • Shakopee
  • Sherburn
  • Shoreview
  • Shorewood
  • Silver Bay
  • Silver Lake
  • Slayton
  • Sleepy Eye
  • South Haven
  • South Saint Paul
  • Spicer
  • Spring Grove
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Spring Park
  • Spring Valley
  • Springfield
  • Stacy
  • Staples
  • Starbuck
  • Stephen
  • Stewart
  • Stewartville
  • Stillwater
  • Sturgeon Lake
  • Swan River
  • Swanville
  • Swift
  • Thief River Falls
  • Tofte
  • Tower
  • Tracy
  • Trimont
  • Truman
  • Twin Valley
  • Two Harbors
  • Tyler
  • Ulen
  • Underwood
  • Upsala
  • Vermillion
  • Verndale
  • Vesta
  • Victoria
  • Virginia
  • Wabasha
  • Wabasso
  • Waconia
  • Wadena
  • Waite Park
  • Walker
  • Walnut Grove
  • Waltham
  • Wanamingo
  • Warren
  • Warroad
  • Waseca
  • Watertown
  • Waterville
  • Waubun
  • Waverly
  • Wayzata
  • Webster
  • Welcome
  • Wells
  • West Saint Paul
  • Westbrook
  • Wheaton
  • White Bear Lake
  • Willmar
  • Willow River
  • Windom
  • Winnebago
  • Winona
  • Winsted
  • Winthrop
  • Wolverton
  • Wood Lake
  • Woodbury
  • Worthington
  • Wrenshall
  • Wright
  • Wykoff
  • Wyoming
  • Young America
  • Zimmerman
  • Zumbrota
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