A public dance hall is any room, place, or space open to general public patronage, in which dancing is carried on and wherein the public may participate, whether or not a charge for admission for dancing is made. A public dance is one which is or may be attended by the public generally, whether or not a charge for admission for dancing is made.

A dance hall license is not required for a dance to be conducted on the campus of a bona fide elementary or secondary school, vocational or trade school, college or university, or like educational institutions. However, other licenses (i.e., Special Event Food, Temporary Liquor / Malt Licenses, etc.) may be required.

A rental hall is hereby defined to be any building, room, premises, facility, or portion thereof which is available for use by any person upon the payment of a fee.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 405 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about dance halls.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:


Your application will be administratively reviewed by DSI Licensing, Zoning and Fire Inspection staff. This review may include on site inspections(s) to verify compliance with applicable regulations. You will be informed of any required inspections including the name and telephone number of the inspector after the submission of a completed license application. The location must be in compliance with all applicable regulations and/or license conditions before any license may be issued.


The annual fee for a Dance / Rental Hall License is $293.00 per location. This fee is waived for governmental agencies.


A Dance / Rental Hall License will expire one year from date of issuance and may be renewed annually.

Last Edited: May 13, 2022