Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Room 135
Rochester, MN 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2900
Fax: 507-328-2901
TDD: 507-328-2900

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Licenses and Permits

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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 required to review and approve applications prior to issuing licenses. Most licenses require the approval of the City Council before they can be issued.

The City Clerk's Office is transitioning to a new licensing system. Once live for each license type, license holders will be able to enter applications and renewals online. All communication about licenses will be able to occur electronically, including automatically generating and sending a license certificate upon issuance. Trades and Contractor licenses are the first licenses to go live in the new system. 2019 renewal information will include details on how to complete a license renewal in the new system. All license types will be transitioned by mid-year.

Online Account Access

The online license portal is active for Trades & Contractor Licenses and Liquor Licenses at this time.

Citizen Access - to apply online for license types active in the license portal

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. 

PLEASE NOTE:  License applications are in the process of being reviewed and revised. Some license types that have not yet been updated must include the License Part I application form in addition to the specific application for the license or permit being sought. Please review the requirements for each license type in the table below.

Complete the 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

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
RCO 3-1 (Previously 106A) Breeding Permits
RCO5-6 (Previously 94) Bus
Newly revised application packet including Application Parts I and II and checklist
RCO 3-1 (Previously 106A) Cat Regulations - no license required
RCO 3-4 (Previously 113A) Chickens
RCO 5-9 (Previously 104) Circus
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
RCO 5-10 (Previously 105A) Dance (Annual)
Dance (Single)
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
RCO 3-1 (Previously 106A) Dog Regulations (no license required)
RCO 1-3 (Previously 81) Domestic Partnership Registration
Application
Amendment
Termination
RCO 3-5 (Previously 113B) Duck

RCO 5-11 (Previously 105B)
Fees

Escort Services
Also requires completed License Application Part I above

RCO 3-1 (Previously 106A) Ferret Regulations - no license required
RCO 5-16 (Previously 117A) Firework Sales
Fireworks Displays
Also requires completed License Application Part I above

Food Vending vehicle

See the following:

  • Mobile Food Unit
  • Vending Cart
  • Ice Cream Vending Vehicle
RCO 8-10 (Previously 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
RCO 11-2  (Previously  130A) Golf Carts
RCO 4-3 (Previously 53) Heating Contractors (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 5-20   (Previously 143) Ice Cream Vending Vehicle
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
RCO 9-11-5 (Previously Ordinance 75.05  and 130.05) Impaired Child Sign Application
RCO 5-19 (Previously 125B)

Liquor License Policy Application Guidelines

*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system

Addendums and references for online applications:

ON SALE LICENSES - for businesses serving alcohol for consumption on site only

OFF SALE LICENSES - for businesses serving alcohol for consumption off the premises only

TEMPORARY LICENSES

RCO 5-15 (Previously 115A) Massage Therapists (individuals)
RCO 5-15 (Previously 115A) Massage Therapy (business)
RCO 4-3 (Previously 53) Master Installers (Trades & Contractors License) 
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 5-21 (Previously 143A)

Mobile Food Unit

Mobile Food Unit Guidance on Vending in the City of Rochester

License Application

Apply for a Downtown Operation Zone Permit 

Food Truck Safety Information from the Fire Department

 110 Motion Picture Shows
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
RCO 5-12 (Previously 108) Moving Permits - Garages, Houses
Non-Regulated Activities (picketing, bannering, demonstrating or protesting)
RCO 3-2

Outdoor Dog Permits

Application 

Requirements

Parades, Street Use and Miscellaneous Activities
(See Special Events)
RCO 5-13 (Previously 111A) Pawn Brokers
Also requires completed License Application Part I above
RCO5-4 (Previously 93B) Pedal Car application 
Pedal Car Driver application
Also requires completed License Application Part 1 above
RCO 5-14 (Previously 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.
RCO 5-14 (Previously 112) Peddler- Charitable and Religious Organizations
RCO 3-3  (Previously 113) Pigeon
RCO 5-11 (Previously 105B)

Private Adult Dancer
Also requires completed License Application Part 1 above

RCO 5-22 (Previously 93) Public Transportation
Also requires completed License Application Part 1 above
RCO 11-10 (Previously 138A) Residential Permit Parking
RCO 9-1-2 (Previously 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
RCO 12-2 (Previously 76) Sewers & Drains (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 9-8 (Previously 73B) Sidewalk Cafe (Outdoor Dining)
RCO 9-18 (Previously 70) Sidewalks and Driveways  For Asphalt or Cement (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 5-8 (Previously 116) Sign Erector (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
Sound Amplification (See Special Event)
RCO 8-11 (Previously 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.           
RCO 5-5 (Previously  95A) Taxicab
Taxi Drivers
Section 62.937, Subd 17  
of Land Development manual
Telecommunications
RCO 5-6 (Previously 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
RCO 5-17 (Previously 118) Tree Trimmer (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 9-10 (Previously 73D) Vending Cart
Also requires completed License Application Part I above