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

Department Contacts

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. 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 the end of 2019.

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. 

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

Activities/Sound 
See Special Event           

Resolution 033‑3 Banners 
RCO 3-1 Breeding Permits
Chapter 94 and 94A Bus
RCO 3-1 Cat Regulations (no license required)
RCO 3-4 Chickens
RCO 5-9 Circus
RCO 5-10 Dance (Annual)
Dance (Single)
RCO 3-1 Dog Regulations (no license required)
RCO 1-3 Domestic Partnership Registration
Application
Amendment
Termination
RCO 3-5 Duck

RCO 5-11
*Resolution 169-00 Setting Fees 

Escort Services

RCO 3-1 Ferret Regulations  (no license required)
RCO 5-16  Firework Sales
Fireworks Displays

Food Vending vehicle

See the following:

  • Mobile Food Unit (aka Food Truck)
  • Vending Cart
  • Ice Cream Vending Vehicle
RCO 8-10

Gambling

Please note: For a single gambling event, the City Clerk's Office must sign off on the Gambling application form. We charge a $15 fee for processing the gambling application.  After City approval, the applicant sends the application to the state with the appropriate State application fee.

RCO 11-2  Golf Carts
RCO 4-3 Heating Contractors (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 5-20    Ice Cream Vending Vehicle
RCO 9-11-5 Impaired Child Sign Application
RCO 5-19

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

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

RCO 5-12 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 Pawn Brokers
RCO5-4 Pedal Car application 
Pedal Car Driver application
RCO 5-14 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 Peddler- Charitable and Religious Organizations
RCO 3-3  Pigeon
RCO 5-11

Private Adult Dancer

RCO 5-22 Public Transportation
RCO 11-10 Residential Permit Parking
RCO 9-1-2 Revocable sign permit (non-profit or city-sponsored organization)
RCO 12-2 Sewers & Drains (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 9-8 Sidewalk Cafe (Outdoor Dining)
RCO 9-18  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 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

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

Taxicab

Taxi Drivers

RCO 5-6 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 Tree Work Contractor  (Trades & Contractors License)
*Only submit a paper application if unable to use the online application system
RCO 9-10 Vending Cart