Minnesota LLC - Business License & Permit Requirements

Last updated May 30, 2020

Minnesota LLC
Business Licenses and Permits

How to form an LLC in Minnesota
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Minnesota.

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. Annual Renewal
7. Business License ← you are here
8. Taxes


Minnesota LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $135 by mail or $155 online (one-time fee)
Annual renewal: $0 (but report must be filed every year)

Need help?
Hire a company to form your Minnesota LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

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After you form your Minnesota LLC, you need to comply with county and city license and permit requirements.

Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.

Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being able to conduct business in Minnesota.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Minnesota

Below are some license and permit examples:

  • City business licenses/tax permits
  • Building permit
  • Health permit
  • Occupational permit
  • Signage permit
  • Alarm permit
  • Zoning permit
  • Alcohol & tobacco permit
  • Liquor license
  • Sales and use tax permit
  • Seller/reseller permit

Do it yourself in Minnesota

Contact your County
Contact the county office where your LLC is located and check on your license and permit requirements: https://mn.gov/portal/government/local/counties/

Minnesota E-Licensing
You can search for the license you need by topic and by agency using Minnesota E-Licensing. The site also has an A-Z index for licenses: http://mn.gov/elicense/

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development Business Licenses and Permits
This page contains a helpful guide on what license and permit your LLC may need and how to get it: https://mn.gov/deed/business/starting-business/legal-regulatory/

Our Recommendation

There are nearly 20,000 licensing and permit jurisdictions in the United States and each has its own rules and regulations.

If you want to save time, we recommend hiring a professional service company (like IncFile) to do the research and prepare your applications.

They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits, and tax registrations required for your Minnesota LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Next Step

After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits for your Minnesota LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Minnesota LLC Taxes.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! LLC University® teaches people how to form an LLC for free in all 50 states. We hope you find our free guides and resources helpful in your business journey.

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