What Licenses Does the City Issue?

The City of Hastings does not issue general “business licenses”.  Instead, the City regulates several business activities through the issuance of licenses.  All license application forms and information are available through the office of the City Clerk and many are available on this website.  Once application materials have been received and any applicable license fee and background investigation fees have been paid, the information is reviewed by City staff for compliance and completeness. 

Once all materials have been reviewed, the appropriate background investigations have been conducted, and the applicable fees have been paid, most applications will then be presented to the City Council for approval. Some licenses are issued administratively.




licensing ordinance

Sidewalk Cafe Ordinance 90.16


Best Practices Program:

BPP Letter to License Holders 20170403


Best Practices Certification Form


General License Forms - Needed For All Licenses:

Review of Ordinance Sign-Off Form

Investigation Form

City Release of Information Form

Workers Compensation Form


Adult Establishment or Accessory Adult Establishment License:

Application - Part I - General Information

Application - Part II  - Personal Information



Block Party: 

Block Party Application and Provisions


Dog License:

License Term: August 1 to July 31 bi-annually or Lifetime
License Fee Bi-annual: $12.00 for spayed/neutered dog

$20.00 for non-spayed/neutered dog

License Fee Lifetime: $30.00 for spayed/neutered dog 
  $45.00 for non-spayed/neutered dog


Application - Dog License Application



License Term: January 1-December 31
License Fee: $100.00/year


Application - Fireworks



License Fee:      $75.00/year            MN Gambling Control Website  
Temporary License Fee: $25.00       Temporary License Application  


Liquor - On Sale, Off Sale, Temporary: 

License Term: July 1 - June 30
License Fee: Varies, depends on type of license(s)


Application - Liquor License Part I - General Information 

Application - Liquor License Part II - Personal Information 

Application - Liquor and Tobacco License Renewal 

Application - Temporary Liquor License 


Massage Therapist:

License Term: January 1-December 31
License Fee: $100.00/year
Application - New License 


Application - Renewal License 

Licensed Massage Therapists


Massage Therapy Establishment:

License Term: January 1-December 31
License Fee: $100.00/ every third year


Application - New License 

Application - Renewal License 

Listing of licensed Massage Therapy Establishments 


Mobile Food Unit

Application - New License

Downtown Parking Map

License Term:   1 Year or 1 Day
License Fee:  $225/year; $30/day

Outdoor Music-Tent-Street Closing: 

Application -Outdoor Music-Tent-Street Closing 


Pawn Brokers:

License Term: July 1-June 30
License Fee: $2,000/year plus investigation fee


Application--Part I General Information 

Application--Part II Personal Information 

Renewal Application


Side Walk Cafes

Application - Sidewalk Cafe

Application - Sidewalk Café with Liquor License Amendment



Solid Waste Collection - Commercial


Application - New License

Application - Renewal License

Licensed Commercial Waste Haulers and websites

Solid Waste Collection - Residential

The City of Hastings has a one-hauler system for residential solid waste collection.  All residential property 4 units or less must use the City’s current residential hauler. Effective January 1, 2013, the City’s exclusive residential hauler will be Tennis Sanitation.  Specific questions can be directed to Tennis at 651-459-1887.

Special Events:

A license is required to host most events on public property. Special Events can be run/walks, concerts, fundraisers, etc. Consult the Special Event Policy for more information. Special Events are reviewed by City staff and approved by City Council. Special event applications should be submitted 60 days prior to the event for processing.

Special Event Policy

Special Event Application

Temporary Merchants-Peddlers-Solicitors-Transient Merchants: 

A license is generally required to go door-to-door or place-to-place selling merchandise, or to set up temporary operations.  Transient merchants are limited to operating from between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Investigation Fee: $25.00 (non-refundable) per establishment
One Day License: $30.00
Thirty-day License: $100.00
One Year License: $225.00
Tournaments (Vets Park) $100 per event & $100 damage deposit


Solicitors need only to fill out the application, all others please include the forms listed under "General License Forms" above.

Application - Peddlers, Solicitors, Transient Merchant, Vendor Application

Please refer to the Application Checklist as a helpful tool in ensuring your application is complete before submitting



A license is required to sell tobacco and tobacco related paraphernalia. Generally, vending machines are prohibited.  Applicants are alerted that periodic compliance checks are conducted with penalties associated for failure.  

License Term:    July 1 - June 30

Application - New License

Application - Renewal License

 Licensed Tobacco Establishments


Exclusive Tobacco Store:

Application - Exclusive Tobacco Store NEW





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