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Liquor - On Sale License

This license is for the sale of liquor by the glass for consumption on the premises where sold. A Restaurant License is required in conjunction with all new Liquor - On Sale Licenses except in the Downtown Development District. Liquor establishments must be more than 300 feet from churches and schools.

If you have questions, contact a DSI Project Facilitator at (651) 266-9103, or email the DSI Message Center.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 409 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about on sale liquor licenses.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:
  • Class N City License Application 
  • Liquor License Application Requirements 
  • Proof of Saint Paul Restaurant License
  • A Certificate of Insurance with Liquor liability in the amounts of $50,000 per person; bodily injury, $100,000 more than one person; bodily injury, $10,000 property destruction, $50,000/$100,000 for loss of means of support
  • One of the following:
    • A lease/rental agreement with a letter of permission from the landlord to allow this type of licensed business on the premises unless specified in the lease
    • A copy of the lease, purchase agreement, and/or bill of sale of the property with specific permission allowing this type of licensed business
  • A copy of the lease, purchase agreement, and/or bill of sale of the business
  • A copy of the corporate Articles of Incorporation
  • Two completed original State of Minnesota Liquor Applications Federal and State Income Tax Returns for the past three years
  • site plan
  • Required fee


This license requires inspection approvals from the Saint Paul Fire Department (651) 228-6230, Minnesota Department of Health (651) 201-4500, Licensing (651) 266-8989, and Zoning (651) 266-9008.




100 seats or less


101-180 seats


181-290 seats


291 or more seats


Government agencies

fee waived


A Liquor - On Sale License will expire one year from date of issuance (or expire with Liquor Liability expiration date) and may be renewed annually.
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