A coin-operated mechanical amusement device is any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, token, or slug, operates or may be operated by the public for use as a game, entertainment, or amusement. It contains no automatic payoff device. This includes pinball machines, music machines, coin-operated television units, motion picture machines, and amusement rides (except amusement rides used at carnivals). If you have questions, contact DSI at 651-266-8989, or email the DSI Message Center.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 318 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about Mechanical Amusement Devices.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:


This license requires inspection approvals from Licensing. For more information, call 651-266-8989.


The fee is $19.00 per machine per year for game machines, music machines, rides, and television units. Expiration/Renewal A Mechanical Amusement Device License expires one year from date of issue and may be renewed annually.

Last Edited: December 18, 2021