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2018 license renewals are due now

Submitting Materials

All required documents can be mailed or dropped off at the City Clerk's Office at 201 4th St SE, Room 135, Rochester, MN 55904. They can also be emailed to licenses@rochestermn.gov

Web Renewal Portal

At this time, web renewals are enabled for most licenses. Note: if you choose to use the web renewal function, the full applications sent out via US mail and email and also available below MUST be still be submitted with all renewals, even if not specifically requested online. Visit https://webapps.rochestermn.gov/webrenewals/ to use the web renewal function.

You need your license number and security code, which can be found on your renewal letter. You can also get your number and code by contacting the City Clerk's Office. Payments can be made through the online renewal portal, or can be submitted directly to the City Clerk's Office with other required documentation.  You can upload required documents into the web portal, including Parts I and II of the required renewal application, or you can send them to the Clerk's Office via email, mail, or in person. All required documents not submitted through the web renewal portal must still be sent directly to the City Clerk's Office before your renewal can be finalized. 

Information and Required Documents by License type

Trades and Contractor Licenses

HVAC Contractor Licenses

All current HVAC contractor licenses expire Dec.31, 2017. Renewals should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2017, to ensure there is no lapse in the license. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $15 late fee.

All renewals must include:

  • Signed Renewal application form - Parts I and II are both required - (fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed)
    • Under state law, all business license applications require the social security number(s) of the licensee or in the case of a corporate entity, all owners; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all business licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $75 renewal fee - increases to $90 on Jan. 1, 2018
  • Proof of $25,000 HVAC State bond
  • Proof of worker's compensation insurance as required by Minn. Stat. 176.182, unless exempt

HVAC Master Installer Licenses

All current master installer licenses expire Dec.31, 2017. Renewals should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2017, to ensure there is no lapse in the license. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $12 late fee.

All renewals must include:

  • Signed Renewal application form - Parts I and II are both required - (fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed)
    • Under state law, all business license applications require the social security number of the licensee; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all its licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $36 renewal fee - increases to $48 on Jan. 1, 2018

Sewer and Drain Licenses

All current sewer and drain licenses expire Dec.31, 2017. Renewals should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2017, to ensure there is no lapse in the license. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $15 late fee.

*PLEASE NOTE: Public Works has updated one of the application questions to be clearer than the applications sent out with renewal letters. The updated application forms are linked below.

All renewals must include:

  • Signed Renewal application form - Parts I and II are both required - (fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed)
    • Under state law, all business license applications require the social security number(s) of the licensee or in the case of a corporate entity, all owners; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all business licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $55 renewal fee - increases to $70 on Jan. 1, 2018
  • $10,000 performance bond to cover defects in work with coverage to extend for a period of two years after completion of work - bond must state that it acknowledges Rochester Code of Ordinances Chapter 76.09, Subd. 3
  • Insurance certificate naming the City of Rochester as an additional insured for General Liability and vehicle liability coverage in an amount not less than $2,000,000 for each occurrence and $4,000,000 in aggregate, and $5,000 for property damage
  • Proof of $25,000 State Plumbing Code compliance bond
  • Proof of worker's compensation insurance as required by Minn. Stat. 176.182, unless exempt

Sidewalk Contractor Licenses - Asphalt and Concrete

All current sidewalk contractor licenses expire Dec.31, 2017. Renewals should be submitted before Jan. 1, 2018, to ensure there is no lapse in the license. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $15 late fee.

All renewals must include:

  • Signed Renewal application form - Parts I and II are both required -(fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed)
    • Under state law, all business license applications require the social security number(s) of the licensee or in the case of a corporate entity, all owners; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all business licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $55 renewal fee - increases to $70 on Jan. 1, 2018
  • $10,000 performance bond to cover defects in work with coverage to extend for a period of two years after completion of work - bond must state that it acknowledges Rochester Code of Ordinances Chapter 70.03
  • Insurance certificate naming the City of Rochester as an additional insured for General Liability and vehicle liability coverage in an amount not less than $2,000,000 for each occurrence and $4,000,000 in aggregate
  • Proof of worker's compensation insurance as required by Minn. Stat. 176.182, unless exempt

Sign Installers Licenses

All current licenses to erect and maintain signs expire Dec.31, 2017. Renewals should be submitted before Jan. 1, 2018, to ensure there is no lapse in the license. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $15 late fee.

All renewals must include:

  • Signed Renewal application form - Parts I and II are both required -(fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed)
    • Under state law, all business license applications require the social security number(s) of the licensee or in the case of a corporate entity, all owners; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all business licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $55 renewal fee - increases to $70 on Jan. 1, 2018
  • $1,000 bond payable to the City of Rochester OR copy of Minnesota Sign Contractor compliance bond pursuant to Minn. Stat. §326B.865
  • Proof of worker's compensation insurance as required by Minn. Stat. 176.182, unless exempt

Tree Work Licenses

All current commercial tree work licenses expire Dec.31, 2017. Renewals should be submitted before Jan. 1, 2018, to ensure there is no lapse in the license. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $15 late fee.

All renewals must include:

  • Signed Renewal application form - Parts I and II are both required -(fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed)
    • Under state law, all business license applications require the social security number(s) of the licensee or in the case of a corporate entity, all owners; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all business licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $55 renewal fee - increases to $70 on Jan. 1, 2018
  • Certificate of commercial liability insurance on an occurrence basis covering bodily injury and property damage with limits of $1,000,000 for general liability and $5,000 for medical
  • Proof of worker's compensation insurance as required by Minn. Stat. 176.182, unless exempt

Other Business Licenses

Massage Therapist Licenses

Massage therapist licenses are for a two-year period. Therapists with licenses expiring Dec. 31, 2017, need to get renewals submitted in December of 2017. 

All renewals must include:

  • Signed renewal application form - Parts I and II are both required -(fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed - please call the City Clerk's Office if you need a hard copy form mailed to you)
    • Under state law, all license applications require the social security number of the licensee; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all its licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $50 renewal fee for two year period
  • Current proof of identification - a color copy must be provided, jpg photos submitted electronically of the document are okay; must be one of the following documents:
    • valid driver's license or identification card including a photograph and date of birth, issued by Minnnesota, another state, a province of Canada, or a state of Mexico
    • valid military identification card issued by the U.S. Department of Defense
    • valid U.S. passport
    • in the case of someone who is a foreign national, a valid passport from another country
  • Certificate of insurance as proof of required general liability insurance providing minimum coverage of $300,000 combined single limit per occurrence 

Massage Therapy Business Licenses

All current massage therapy business licenses expire Dec.31, 2017. Renewals should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure there is no lapse in the license. Each business is receiving a individual renewal letter outlining specific required documents.

All renewals must include:

  • Signed renewal application form  - Parts I and II are both required - (fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed - please call the City Clerk's Office if you need a hard copy form mailed to you)
    • Under state law, all license applications require the social security number of the licensee or all owners in the case of a corporate entity; the City of Rochester is required to provide social security numbers of all its licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • $100 renewal fee
  • Current proof of identification for applicant, designated manager, and all owners - a color copy must be provided, jpg photos submitted electronically of the document are okay; must be one of the following documents:
    • valid driver's license or identification card including a photograph and date of birth, issued by Minnnesota, another state, a province of Canada, or a state of Mexico
    • valid military identification card issued by the U.S. Department of Defense
    • valid U.S. passport
    • in the case of someone who is a foreign national, a valid passport from another country
  • Certificate of insurance as proof of required general liability insurance providing minimum coverage of $300,000 combined single limit per occurrence
  • Proof of worker's compensation insurance as required by Minn. Stat. 176.182, unless exempt
  • Any other documents indicated as required in your renewal letter