About Licenses & Permits

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 alcohol 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.

Other License Types

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