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Licenses and Permits

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This is a listing of city licenses, linked to the ordinances that govern that particular license. For an application form or for more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office, 201 4th Street SE, Rochester MN 55904 (507) 328-2900.
If you wish to see a list of current license holders or to find out if someone has a license, please check the link on the left side -  Current and Previous Year License Holder information

Please note:  All licenses (except for Residential Permit Parking) need to be approved by the City Council. If you believe the online ordinance is not the most up-to-date copy, contact the City Clerk’s Office for the most recent copy.

All licenses need to be submitted at least 30 days in advance.

Please note: Special Event Applications need to be submitted no later than 60 days in advance of the event.
For large scale events involving 1000 or more participants, application needs to be submitted 90-120 days in advance.  

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)
Please note: Special Event Applications need to be submitted no later than 60 days in advance of the event. For large scale events involving 1000 or more participants, application needs to be submitted 90-120 days in advance.)
Resolution 033‑3 Banners 
102 Bowling Centers
106A Breeding Permits
94 Bus
106A Cat Regulations 
113A Chickens
104 Circus
105A Dance (Annual)
Dance (Single)
106A Dog Regulations
 81 Domestic Partnership Registration
Application
Amendment
Termination
 113B Duck
105B
Fees
Escort Services
106A Ferret Regulations
117A Firework Sales
Fireworks Displays
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.
130A Golf Carts
53 Heating Contractors
143 Ice Cream Vending Vehicle
Ordinance 75.05
and 130.05
Impaired Child Sign Application
125B Liquor License Policy Application Guidelines
115A Massage Therapists (individuals)
115A Massage Therapy (business)
53 Master Installers
143A Mobile Food Unit
110 Motion Picture Shows
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
 93B Pedal Car application 
Pedal Car Driver application
112 Peddlers
Please note: All applicants for Peddler permits must come in to our office and they need to bring the following:
- Driver license or other form of picture ID so we can take a copy of it for our records; also this will be needed as proof of ID so that we can notarize the application.
112 Peddler- Charitable and Religious Organizations
113 Pigeon
105B Private Adult Dancer
93 Public Transportation
138A Residential Permit Parking
73.02, Subd 3D Revocable sign permit (non-profit or city-sponsored organization)
114 Roller Skating Rinks
76 Sewers & Drains
73B Sidewalk Cafe (Outdoor Dining)
70 Sidewalks and Driveways  (Asphalt/Cement)
116 Sign Erector
Sound Amplification (See Special Event)
117C

Special Event

Please note: Special Event Applications need to be submitted no later than 60 days in advance of the event. For large scale events involving 1000 or more participants, application needs to be submitted 90-120 days in advance.           
95A Taxicab
Taxi Drivers
Section 62.937, Subd 17  of Land Development manual Telecommunications
 95B  Transportation Network Company
118 Tree Trimmer
73D Vending Cart