Temporary Expansions and Licenses

Issuing licenses in Northfield

The City of Northfield Clerk’s office, along with the Police Department, issues and enforces several licenses required by the city. The City of Northfield does not require general business licenses for most businesses, but does license certain business activities. Licenses required are listed below. Please allow a minimum of 45 days for processing most licenses.

Temporary expansion of outdoor dining area

Limited outdoor service is now allowed.

Governor’s Order 20-63

DEED Developments Blog 

Interested restaurant and dining establishments must complete an application to extend their service area onto City owned property or right of way. The application must be reviewed and approved by the City before the expansion takes place.

Temporary Expansion of Dinning Area (no liquor) Application

Temporary Expansion of Dinning Area and Liquor Application

Charitable Gambling License

A charitable gambling license requires City and Minnesota Gambling Control Board approval. 

Fee

The fee for a license is $25 per application and $50 for premises permits.

Application

Applications can be obtained through the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.

Concessions License

A concessions/miscellaneous license is required for the temporary sale of food and beverages on city property. Must be approved by the City Council (this excludes Defeat of Jesse James Days concessions). 

Fee

The fee for a license is $125 per application.

Complete and submit the following documents

Checklist

City application

Certificate of Compliance  - Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law

Tax information form

Additional information

Miscellaneous license requirements 

Northfield City Code - Licenses and Permits.

Fireworks Retail Sales License

A fireworks sale license is required for the sale of legal fireworks with or without other merchandise. 

Fee

The license fee is $125 for sale with other merchandise, and $350 for fireworks only.

Complete and submit the following documents

City application

Certificate of Compliance - Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law

Tax information form

Additional information

Northfield City Code - Regulations of Fireworks

State Statutes - Fireworks.

Liquor Licenses

The City of Northfield provides liquor licenses for the types of liquor listed. 

  • On-Sale Intoxicating
  • Wine Liquor License
  • 3.2% On-Sale Malt Liquor License
  • Club liquor license
  • 3.2% Off-Sale Malt Liquor License
  • Temporary Liquor License
  • Sunday Liquor

Additional information

View Liquor Licenses for details on each license and required documents.

Refuse License

A refuse license is required for transporting garbage or refuse for hire. Must be approved by the City Council.  

Complete and return the following documents

Checklist

City application

Certificate of Compliance - Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law

Tax information form

List of vehicles

Additional information

Northfield City Code - Collection and Disposal

Vehicle for Hire License

A vehicle for hire license is required for the conveyance of a passenger for hire upon any street or other public place of the city. Approval by the City Council.

Complete and return the following documents

Checklist

City application

Inspection form

List of vehicles

List of drivers

Certificate of Compliance - Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law

Tax information form

Additional information

Northfield City Code - Vehicles for Hire

Tobacco License

A tobacco license is required for the retail sale of tobacco. Vending machines are not allowed. Approval by City Council.

Complete and return the following documents

Checklist

City application

State application

Certificate of Compliance - Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law

Tax information form

Additional information

Northfield City Code - Tobacco

Edible Cannabinoid License

No person shall sell or offer to sell, directly or indirectly, on any pretense or by any device, edible cannabinoid products as part of a retail commercial transaction within the corporate limits of the City without first having obtained the required license from the City.

Complete and return the following documents

Introductory Letter

Checklist

City Application

Certificate of Compliance - Minnesota Worker's Compensation Law

Tax Information Form

In addition to these documents, applicants need to include a Certificate of Insurance - General Liability and the annual prorated license fee of $1,125 for the license period of November 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023.

Additional Information

Ordinance No. 1044 - Amending Chapter 30 - Health and Sanitation of the City Code to add Article III - Sale of Edible Cannabinoid Products