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Year end Renewal Information and Required Documents

Under state law, all business license applications require either a Minnesota State Tax ID number or the social security number of the licensee; the City of Rochester is required to provide this information for all its licensees to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. 

2020 Trades & Contractors License Renewals - Now Open 

All Trade and Contractor Licenses will expire December 31, 2019. Please submit complete 2020 renewal application(s) before November 22, 2019, to prevent any lapse in licensure. Applications that arrive after December 31, 2019 are subject to late fees.

These licenses are all now in the Accela licensing system also used for some City permitting functions. This will allow you as a licensee to use your existing Accela Citizen Access account to apply for your license renewal, or to create a new account that can also be used when pulling permits through Building Safety. The benefit to you as a licensee is easy online access to your account information any time, with no need to submit paper applications or wait for materials to be mailed. If you apply online, your license will be emailed directly to you once it is issued, and can be pulled up anytime from your online account.

Current Citizen Access Users 

Renew your license through your Citizen Access Portal. Simply log in and find your license(s) under the “My Records” tab. Then click the “Renew Application” button. This button lets you review your pre-filled application, upload the required documents, and make a payment. There’s no need to retype all your information. Log in to the Citizen Access Portal now to complete your renewal for 2020.

Non Citizen Access Users

If you do not already have a Citizen Access account, this video can you help you create your account. Once your account is set up, you can find and renew your license(s) on the “My Records” tab.

Complete Instructions for 2020 Renewals 

These step-by-step instructions will walk you through renewing your license online on the Citizen Access portal. 

HVAC Contractor Licenses

This is an annual license, expiring every year on Dec. 31. The annual license fee is $75, and is not prorated, regardless of when during the year a license is obtained. Licensees who do not renew an existing license by Jan. 1 are subject to a $15 late fee on the renewal.

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

HVAC Master Installer Licenses

This is an annual license, expiring every year on Dec. 31. The annual license fee is $36, and is not prorated, regardless of when during the year a license is obtained. Licensees who do not renew an existing license by Jan. 1 are subject to a $12 late fee on the renewal.

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

Sewer and Drain Licenses

This is an annual license, expiring every year on Dec. 31. The annual license fee is $55, and is not prorated, regardless of when during the year a license is obtained. Licensees who do not renew an existing license by Jan. 1 are subject to a $15 late fee on the renewal.

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

Sidewalk Contractor Licenses - Asphalt and Concrete

This is an annual license, expiring every year on Dec. 31. The annual license fee is $55, and is not prorated, regardless of when during the year a license is obtained. Licensees who do not renew an existing license by Jan. 1 are subject to a $15 late fee on the renewal.

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

Sign Installers Licenses

All 2019 licenses to erect and maintain signs expire Dec.31, 2019. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $15 late fee.

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

Tree Work Licenses

All 2019 commercial tree work licenses expire Dec.31, 2019. Renewals submitted after Dec. 31 are subject to a $15 late fee.

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

Other Licenses with Year End Renewals

Other license types with year end renewals are transitioning to Accela in this renewal cycle. Information will be available by Nov. 1, 2019, with details on how to complete these renewals either online or via paper application.

Business Licenses 

Massage Therapist Licenses

Massage therapist licenses are for a two-year period. Therapists with licenses that expire Dec. 31, 2019, need to submit renewals at this time. 

Massage Therapy Business Licenses

All 2019 massage therapy business licenses expire Dec.31, 2019.

A signed renewal application form is required - (fillable PDF can be completed and emailed, or downloaded and printed)

Pawnbrokers

All 2019 pawnbroker business licenses expire Dec.31, 2019.

Animal Licenses

Chicken License

Chicken licenses are for a two-year period. Renewals are due now for licenses that expire Dec. 31, 2019. 

Duck License

Duck licenses are for a two-year period. Renewals are due now for licenses that expire Dec. 31, 2019. 

Pigeon License

Pigeon licenses are for one calendar year, and expire each year on Dec. 31. Renewals are due now for all pigeon licenses.  

Transportation Licenses

Bus

All 2019 bus licenses expire Dec.31, 2019.

Public Transportation License

All 2019 public transportation licenses expire Dec.31, 2019.

Taxicab Driver's License

All 2019 taxicab driver's licenses expire Dec.31, 2019.

Taxicab Vehicle License

All 2019 taxicab vehicle licenses expire Dec.31, 2019.

Transportation Network Company

All 2019 transportation network company licenses expire Dec.31, 2019.

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