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.

Additional Dance / Rental Hall Operating Requirements

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.


See Fee Table for current License fees. The fee for a Dance/Rental Hall license 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: November 9, 2023