City Clerk

About Licenses & Permits

Information Regarding COVID-19

Effective immediately, the city of Duluth is waiving any late fee(s) associated with the following license renewals and license payments for a period of 30 days following their respective due dates.  Please note that this is not an indefinite waiver of license requirements, nor does it eliminate the need to pay licensing fee(s).  This waiver applies to the following license types and payments:

Bottle Club Licenses
3.2% Malt Liquor On and Off Sale
On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License Quarterly Payments
Bowling Licenses
Tobacco Licenses
Garbage Haulers
Hotel/Motel/Bed & Breakfast Licenses
Massage Therapists
Massage Establishments

Motor Vehicle Dealer
Motor Vehicle Rentals
Pawn Shop Licenses
Precious Metal Dealers
Pool Hall Licenses
Coin Operated Devices

 

Due to health and safety concerns in response to COVID-19, the city of Duluth is temporarily suspending the issuance of licenses for transient merchants, peddlers, and solicitors. Future updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

In accordance with State and Federal limitations on public gatherings in response to COVID-19, the city of Duluth is temporarily suspending the issuance of Special Event Permits. Future updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

Takeout Alcohol Sales Approved by Legislature

Governor Tim Walz signed a bill into law allowing establishments with liquor on-sale licenses to sell beer and wine with takeout orders. Under the law signed on Friday, April 17:

- Licensed restaurant establishments can sell the equivalent of a six-pack of beer (72 oz) or a standard bottle of wine (750ml) without acquiring an off-sale license.

- The alcohol must be sold with a to-go order.

- The alcohol must be in its original, unopened container or bottle.

- The person picking up the order must be 21-years-old or older.

- Food deliveries cannot include intoxicating liquor.

The law will expire when the Executive Order closing establishments expires.

 

Business, Hospitality, Animal Licensing

The City Clerk's Office administers certain business licenses such as tobacco, massage, peddlers and solicitors; hotel licensing; and certain animal related licenses. Because many of licenses require background investigations and governing body approvals, we recommend that you submit your application and payment at least 14 days prior to when you want to begin your activity. Please note that the City does not issue general business licenses.

Please utilize the links to the left to select an applicable licensing category.  If you are unable to find an applicable license, select the All License Types tab.  

For further assistance or additional information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office.

Alcohol Licensing

The City Clerk’s Office administers alcohol licensing for the City of Duluth.  The sale and possession of alcohol is regulated by Minnesota State law and the Duluth City Code.   Businesses and organizations desiring to sell or serve, beer, wine, and intoxicating liquore must first obtain City-issue license.

Obtaining a liquor license is a multi-step process.  Please utilize the checklists included in the application packet when requesting a license. Because many of licenses require background investigations and approval by the Alcohol, Gambling, and Tobacco Commission, we recommend that you submit your application and payment at least 60 days prior to when you want to begin your activity.

If you are interested in obtaining a liquor license, please contact the City Clerk's office for assistance in determining which license best suits your needs and what documentation is required. 

Other License Types

Please select the All License Types tab for a listing of licenses and permits administered and issued by other City Departments.