License Hearings


License Hearings During the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency - How You Can Participate

The Mayor of the City of Saint Paul has declared, and the Council has affirmed, that an in-person meeting of the License Hearing is not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 health pandemic emergency declared under Minn Stat. Chapter 12 by the Governor of the State of Minnesota and the Mayor of the City of Saint Paul. In light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, these hearings will be held by telephone or other electronic means.  If you would like to participate by telephone or other electronic means, please contact so arrangements can be made.


The City classifies about 35 types of business activities requiring neighborhood notification.  Under Chapter 310, the licensing hearing, triggered by letters of objection, is an informal process for a Class N license application.  Some examples of Class N licenses are entertainment, second hand dealerships, auto repair and liquor/drinking establishments.  The Hearing Officer conducts the hearing and makes a recommendation to the City Council.  The hearing process provides an opportunity for an applicant to state his or her reasons for the application and allows the impacted neighborhood to voice concerns (i.e., noise, parking, trash, etc,).  During the hearing, when appropriate, license conditions addressing concerns are discussed and worked into the development of recommendations for City Council consideration.  The City Council is the final authority on whether a license application is approved or denied.  All responsible parties and interested parties (which include affected residents who have made objections to or voiced support for an application) are notified about when and where the hearing will take place.  Please refer to the License Hearing Calendar for the latest agenda.

What to Expect at the Hearing

At the hearing, City Staff will give a report and the applicant and interested parties will be given an opportunity to testify and present information, photos or other documents.  The Hearing Officer will take all of this into account to develop a recommendation for Council consideration.  Occasionally, a recommendation cannot be made at the hearing and the matter will be laid over or continued to allow the applicant and/or staff time to gather more information.  The hearings are quite informal but it is still expected that cell phones and pagers will be turned off, and City staff, applicants and interested parties will address one another respectfully. (NOTE:  If you need an interpreter for your hearing, please call 651-266-8585 for us to arrange one.)

Questions related to the hearing process, details of a license hearing and/or objections/support for the license application can be emailed to  An agenda of the license hearing is posted on the License Hearing Calendar page.  To apply for a permit or license or for questions regarding licensing requirements, please visit