Business, Hospitality & Animal Licensing
The City Clerk’s Office administers business, hospitality & animal licensing in the city of Duluth. Please note that while the city does not issue general business licenses, it does require that certain types of business activities be licensed. Due to many license types requiring background investigations, various departmental approvals, and in some cases approval by city commissions or the city council, we recommend you submit your application and fee payment well in advance of when you intend 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.
The City Clerk’s Office administers liquor licensing in the city of Duluth. The sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages is regulated by both Minnesota state law and Duluth city code. Businesses or organizations intending to sell, serve, or otherwise provide beer, wine, or other intoxicating liquor must first obtain a liquor license.
Obtaining a liquor license is a multi-step process. Please review licensing materials thoroughly and/or contact the City Clerk’s Office with any questions you may have prior to submitting an application. As liquor licenses are subject to investigation by the Duluth Police Department in addition to review by the city’s Alcohol, Gambling & Tobacco Commission, it is recommended that you submit your application at least 60 days in advance of when you would like to begin service.
If you are interested in obtaining a liquor license, please contact the City Clerk’s Office for assistance in determining which license type best suits your needs.
Other License Types
Please select the All License Types tab for a listing of licenses and permits administered and issued by other City Departments.