The City of Ramsey has established a uniform system for the issuance, revocation, suspension, and renewal of licenses for all activities for which licenses are required by City Code.
It is unlawful to engage in a trade, profession, business, or privilege in the city for which a license is required without first obtaining a license from the City in the manner provided in this section.
A licensee must carry the city-issued license certificate or ID badge at all times while engaged in the activity for which the license was granted. Where the licensed activity is conducted at a fixed place of business or establishment, the certificate must be exhibited at all times in some conspicuous place on the licensed premises. The licensee must present the license certificate upon request to any police officer or authorized representative of the city. Licenses are not transferable.
Apply for Business License
Business licenses and/or ID badges are issued upon application approval by City Council and completion of background check. The review and approval process may take up to 30 days (60-120 days for therapeutic massage licenses). Refer to City Code Chapter 26 - Licenses, Permits & Misc Business Regulations.
Completed applications should be submitted to the City of Ramsey along with the appropriate application fee & documents to:
City of Ramsey / Attn: Business Licenses
7550 Sunwood Drive NW
Ramsey, MN 55303
Peddler/Solicitors: Solicitors traveling door-to-door must wear their City-issued at all times. Solicitors must also carry their official City license. Read COVID-19 guidelines here.
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Liquor License Applications
Temporary On-Sale Intoxicating License
Complete MN Alcohol & Gambling (AGE) Temporary On-Sale Intoxicating form and return to City of Ramsey or scan and email email@example.com at least 30 business days before event along with a copy of certificate of liability insurance. The City will process the application, City Council needs to approve and then it will be submitted to the State on behalf of applicant. Refer to MN Statute 340A.404 Subd. 10 for requirements.
New On-Sale, Off-Sale, 3.2 Liquor, Wine Intoxicating Licenses
Applicants need to complete a City of Ramsey Liquor License Application. See application for additional documents required. A $500 non-refundable investigation fee and license fee must accompany submitted application.
Home Based Businesses
Business Registration (New & Current)
The City of Ramsey requires that every business obtain a Business Registration Certificate (BRC) annually in order to operate in the City. Visit the Business Registration page for details & application form. The BRC is processed and maintained by the Ramsey Police department and routed to appropriate staff for review related to licensing, zoning, safety, health regulations, and permits. Contact Jennifer Johnson at 763-433-9889 with any questions.