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The Office of the City Clerk is responsible for business licensing for the City of Rochester, as well as issuing a range of other licenses and permits on behalf of the City. The City Clerk's Office works closely with other City departments in issuing licenses, and in some instances there are certain permits and applications that must be completed with another departments, sometimes before or after a City license is obtained through the City Clerk's Office.

License & Permit information by type

Additional license and permit-related information available from the City Clerk's Office

A to Z listing of City licenses and permits issued by the City Clerk's Office

This is a listing of all city licenses and permits handled by the City Clerk's Office, with links to individual applications and the City rules (ordinances) for each license or permit. 

NEW:  Applications for most City licenses or permits must include the License Part I application form in addition to the specific application for the license or permit being sought. 

Complete the appropriate Application Part I form to submit with your license application if required:

License Part I for businesses - fillable PDF, to complete and print or return via email
License Part I for individuals - fillable PDF, to complete and print or return via email

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.

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 
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
102 Bowling Centers
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
106A Breeding Permits
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
94 Bus
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
106A Cat Regulations - no license required
113A Chickens
104 Circus
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
105A Dance (Annual)
Dance (Single)
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
106A Dog Regulations (no license required)
 81 Domestic Partnership Registration
Application
Amendment
Termination
 113B Duck
105B
Fees

Escort Services
Also requires completed License Application Part I above

106A Ferret Regulations - no license required
117A Firework Sales
Fireworks Displays
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
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.
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
130A Golf Carts
53 Heating Contractors
Newly revised application packet including Application Parts I and II and checklist
143 Ice Cream Vending Vehicle
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
Ordinance 75.05
and 130.05
Impaired Child Sign Application
125B Liquor License Policy Application Guidelines

Also requires completed License Application Part I above

115A Massage Therapists (individuals)
Newly revised application packet including Application Parts I and II and checklist
115A Massage Therapy (business)
Newly revised application packet including Application Parts I and II and checklist
53 Master Installers
Newly revised application packet including Application Parts I and II 
143A Mobile Food Unit
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
110 Motion Picture Shows
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
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
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
 93B Pedal Car application 
Pedal Car Driver application
Also requires completed License Application Part 1 above
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.
112 Peddler- Charitable and Religious Organizations
113 Pigeon
105B

Private Adult Dancer
Also requires completed License Application Part 1 above

93 Public Transportation
Also requires completed License Application Part 1 above
138A Residential Permit Parking
73.02, Subd 3D Revocable sign permit (non-profit or city-sponsored organization)
114 Roller Skating Rinks
Also requires completed License Application Part 1 above
76 Sewers & Drains
Newly revised application packet including Application Parts I and II and checklist
73B Sidewalk Cafe (Outdoor Dining)
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
70 Sidewalks and Driveways  (Asphalt/Cement)
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
116 Sign Erector
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
Sound Amplification (See Special Event)
117C

Special Event (guidelines and application)
Also requires completed License Application Part I above

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
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
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)
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
118 Tree Trimmer
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
73D Vending Cart
Also requires completed License Application Part I above