The City of Forest Lake requires businesses and residents to obtain licenses or permits for certain activities. All solicitors are required to be registered with the City prior to going door-to-door. Below is a list of various permit and license applications. Click on the heading in the left column to select the type of permit or license application you are looking for.
If you have questions regarding what permits or licenses are required for your event, business, or activity, please contact the Deputy City Clerk at 651-209-9732.
NOTE: Applications for permits / licenses should be submitted at least 30 days prior to final issuance
Adult Oriented Business
The Circus/Carnival/Exhibition permit is an event based permit with required approvals by the City Council, Fire Department, and Police Department.
Chapter 111 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the requirements of the Circus/Carnival/Exhibition license.
Application for Circus/Carnival/Exhibition (PDF)
The Garbage and Waste Materials license is an annual license with required approval by the City Council.
Chapter 50 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the requirements of the Garbage and Waste Material license.
Application for Garbage and Waste Hauler (PDF)
The Liquor license requires approval by the City Council and Police Department and final issuance by the State of MN AGE (Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division).
Chapter 119 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the city requirements of the Liquor license.
Any business in the city which sells alcoholic beverages, either temporarily (event based) or annually is required to be licensed. Licenses vary depending on the type of alcohol and whether sales are on-sale (served for consumption on site) or off-sale.
Liquor licensing can be a complex matter. Please contact the Deputy City Clerk at 651-209-9732 to discuss licensing needs and requirements.
Massage Therapist Location
The Massage Therapist Location license is an annual license with required approval by the City Council and Police Department. This includes but is not limited to: salons/spas, chiropractic offices, and fitness centers.
Chapter 115 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the requirements of the Massage Therapist Location license.
Application for Massage Therapist-Location (PDF)
The Tobacco license is an annual license with required approval by the City Council and Police Department.
Chapter 118 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the requirements of the Tobacco license.
Application for Tobacco (PDF)