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This is a listing of city licenses and permits, with links to individual applications and the City rules (ordinances) for each license or permit. 

NEW:  All applications for a City license or permit must include the same License Part I application form in addition to the specific application for the license or permit being sought.

Complete one of the following versions of the Part I form to submit with your license application:

License Part I - fillable Word document, to complete and print
License Part I - fillable PDF, to complete and print
License Part 1 - PDF, to print then complete

For a copy of any application forms or for more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (507) 328-2900, or come in to the office in City Hall at 201 4th Street SE, Rochester MN 55904.

See a list of current license holders or to find out if someone has a license by reviewing the Current and Previous Year License Holder information.

Please note:  All licenses and permits, with the exception of Residential Permit Parking and Peddler's Permits, need to be approved by the City Council before issuance.
 
Applications must be fully completed and submitted with any additional required documentation before they can be reviewed. In addition to the Clerk's Office, other City and County departments must also complete reviews of an application based upon the type of license or permit. Applications are not sent to the City Council until required reviews are complete.
 
Allow enough time for your application to be processed and approved before it is needed. It is recommended all license applications be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the date needed.

Please note: Special Event Applications should be submitted at least 60 days in advance of the event. Applications will not be accepted less than 30 days before the event date.
For large events involving more than 1,000 participants, applications must be submitted at least 120 days in advance. Council authorization is required to consider applications in a shorter term.  

Ordinance (pdf) Download License Application (If there is no link, contact the City Clerk's office to get a copy by mail, email or fax)
Activities/Sound (See Special Event)
Resolution 033‑3 Banners 
Required: Application Part 1
102 Bowling Centers
Required: Application Part 1
106A Breeding Permits
Required: Application Part 1
94 Bus
Required: Application Part 1
106A Cat Regulations (no license required)
113A Chickens
104 Circus
Required: Application Part 1
105A Dance (Annual)
Dance (Single)
Required: Application Part 1
106A Dog Regulations (no license required)
 81 Domestic Partnership Registration
Application
Amendment
Termination
 113B Duck
105B
Fees
Escort Services
Required: Application Part 1
106A Ferret Regulations
117A Firework Sales
Fireworks Displays
Required: Application Part 1
Food Cart (See Vending Cart)
Food Vending vehicle (See Mobile Food Unit)
107 Gambling - Please note: The City Clerk's Office must sign off on the Gambling application form. We charge a $15 fee for processing of the gambling application.  After our office signs off, collects our fee and takes a copy, then the applicant sends the application to the state with the appropriate State application fee.
Required: Application Part 1
130A Golf Carts
Required: Application Part 1
53 Heating Contractors
Required: Application Part 1
143 Ice Cream Vending Vehicle
Required: Application Part 1
Ordinance 75.05
and 130.05
Impaired Child Sign Application
Required: Application Part 1
125B Liquor License Policy Application Guidelines

Required: Application Part 1

115A Massage Therapists (individuals)
Required: Application Part 1
115A Massage Therapy (business)
Required: Application Part 1
53 Master Installers
Required: Application Part 1
143A Mobile Food Unit
Required: Application Part 1
110 Motion Picture Shows
Required: Application Part 1
108 Moving Permits - Garages, Houses
Non-Regulated Activities (picketing, bannering, demonstrating or protesting)
Parades, Street Use and Miscellaneous Activities
(See Special Events)
111A Pawn Brokers
Required: Application Part 1
 93B Pedal Car application 
Pedal Car Driver application
Required: Application Part 1
112 Peddlers
Please note: All applicants for Peddler permits must come in to the City Clerk's Office in person and must bring a Driver's license or other form of photo ID.
Required: Application Part 1
112 Peddler- Charitable and Religious Organizations
Required: Application Part 1
113 Pigeon
105B Private Adult Dancer
93 Public Transportation
Required: Application Part 1
138A Residential Permit Parking
73.02, Subd 3D Revocable sign permit (non-profit or city-sponsored organization)
114 Roller Skating Rinks
76 Sewers & Drains
Required: Application Part 1
73B Sidewalk Cafe (Outdoor Dining)
Required: Application Part 1
70 Sidewalks and Driveways  (Asphalt/Cement)
Required: Application Part 1
116 Sign Erector
Required: Application Part 1
Sound Amplification (See Special Event)
117C

Special Event (guidelines and application)
Required: Application Part 1

Please note: Special Event Applications should be submitted no later than 60 days in advance of the event. They will not be accepted less than 30 days before the event. For large scale events involving 1000 or more participants, the application must be submitted 120 days in advance.           
95A Taxicab
Taxi Drivers
Required: Application Part 1
Section 62.937, Subd 17  of Land Development manual Telecommunications
95B Transportation Network Company (License applies to TNC companies, not drivers - the City of Rochester does not license TNC drivers)
Required: Application Part 1
118 Tree Trimmer
Required: Application Part 1
73D Vending Cart
Required: Application Part 1