Business Licensing

Business licenses regulated by the City include Amusement Center, Massage Therapy, Massage Establishment, Peddler/Solicitor, Transient Merchant (includes Food Trucks), Pawnbroker, Secondhand Goods, Special Events, Tobacco sales, Liquor & Rental licenses.  

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.

All renewal and select new business license applications are now submitted online.  Renewals require a code that was emailed to licensee. Click on Apply Here to begin.

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Solicitors traveling door-to-door must wear their City-issued badge at all times and carry their license certificate. Soliciting is allowed from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM per city ordinance. Solicitation is NOT ALLOWED until approved by City Council and ID badges are issued and may risk up to $250 fine and/or immediate denial of future applications. Contact us at 763-433-9828 or with any questions. Ordinance information can be found in City Code Chapter 26, Article XIII.

To report unlicensed solicitors in your area, please contact the non-emergency dispatch line at 763-427-1212.

Business License Ordinance

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.

For a list of current licensees, visit the Resource Directory

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 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. NOTE: Per state statute, the temporary on-sale intoxicating license is limited to 12 days per year within a 12 month period. Each event must be at least 30 days apart.

New On-Sale, Off-Sale, 3.2 Liquor, Wine Intoxicating Licenses
Applicants need to complete a City of Ramsey Liquor License Application. A $500 non-refundable investigation fee and license fee must accompany submitted application.

City of Ramsey Liquor License Application
Checklist for New Liquor Establishments
All MN AGED Application Forms
Liquor License Fees
Optional 2AM Closing License Application
City of Ramsey Liquor License Ordinance

Other Licenses

Business Registration Certificates

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 renewed annually in January. Contact Jennifer Johnson at 763-433-9889 with any questions.

Contractor Licenses

To apply for a contractor's license in the City of Ramsey, visit the Contractor License page.

Fire or Tent Permits

To view or apply for fire related permits, visit the Ramsey Fire Department permit page.

Food Based Businesses

For questions regarding licensing a new food-based business, contact MN Department of Agriculture or Anoka County Environmental Services. Anoka County licenses and inspects food service establishments. MDA regulates areas such as grocery stores, convenience stores, bakeries, meat processing, and candy-making businesses.


For questions regarding lawful gambling (raffle, pull tabs, etc), view City Code Article V or contact Diana Lund at 763-433-9847.

Home Based Businesses

Ramsey residents with a home-based business require a home occupation permit.
Home Occupation Permit Application (PDF). Questions may be directed to Brian McCann at

Rental Licenses

Ramsey residents use this application when renting out your home.
Rental Licensing Application (PDF). Questions may be directed to Dana Verbeek at