Business Licenses

Procedures to Apply for a License

All city license applications are applied for through the City Administration Office.

If you are an existing business looking to renew your business license, you will receive renewal paperwork from the City Administration Office in October of each year.  If you did not receive your business license renewal paperwork, please contact the City Administration Office at (218) 283-9484.

If you are a new business and need to apply for a business license, you can download a printable PDF (here). Once you’ve printed the document, fill it out and either mail it or turn it in to the City Administration Office at 600 4th Street, International Falls, MN 56649.  If would like a paper copy of the business license application, please contact the Administration Office by email at or by calling (218) 283-9484.

General City License

Contact the Administrator’s Office for the license application and view a list of the current fees for 2012. The following must be supplied when applying for a license:

  • Business location
  • Business trade name
  • Full name
  • Liquor license applications include a state application to fill out; must have proof of Liquor Liability Insurance
  • Marital status and spouses name if married
  • Minnesota ID number / social security number
  • Names of officers, partners, or proprietor
  • Payment of fee
  • Proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance coverage
  • Residence address
  • Type of ownership

The City License Committee reviews the new license applications and recommends the City Council to approve or deny.

Licenses are not transferable.

City of International Falls License Fees

  • Effective August 11, 2003
  • Resolution 44-03
  • Revised: November 15, 2010


Description Price ($)
Club license 125.00
Wine on sale 325.00
Off-sale 200.00
On-sale 1,200.00
Sunday Liquor 125.00
3.2 Off-sale 25.00
3.2 On-sale (Bars only) 125.00
3.2 On-sale (Restaurant and bar) 75.00


Description Price ($)
Cat license 2.00
Dog license 4.00
Pound fees 20.00
Daily pound fee 10.00


Description Price ($)
Bowling Alley 25.00
Cigarette 25.00
Dance permit 25.00
Fireworks sales 50.00
Garbage truck 35.00
Gas pumps (1st pump) 15.00
Gas pumps (each additional pump) 10.00
Jukebox 15.00
Massage Parlor 125.00
Massage (individual) 25.00
Pinball 25.00
Pinball (master) 325.00
Pawnbroker w/local established business 25.00
Peddler, solicitors, transient merchants 300.00
Pool table 15.00
Restaurant 50.00
Restaurant (itinerant) 25.00
Salvage Yard 25.00
Second-hand goods dealer w/local est. business 25.00
Snow Plowing 25.00
Taxi (1st vehicle) 35.00
Taxi (each additional vehicle) 10.00
Theater 75.00


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