Licenses & Permits

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The City of Shakopee issues many different types of permits and licenses. While many can be purchased online, some require in-person application. Select your permit type for more information.

Peddlers, Solicitors & Transient Merchants

  • Departments:City Clerk
  • Divisions:Business Licenses
  • Phone:952-233-9300
  • APPLY IN PERSON @City Hall, 485 Gorman St.

Peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants are defined as any person who:

  • Peddler: goes door-to-door, street-to-street or place-to-place to sell and immediately deliver goods, wares, merchandise, or services transported with that person (e.g. ice cream truck)
  • Solicitor: goes door-to-door, street-to-street or place-to-place (for commercial reasons) to obtain orders for goods, wares, merchandise, or services to deliver at a later time. (e.g. magazine sales)
  • Transient Merchant: sets up a temporary and transient business in the city to sell goods, wares, or merchandise and occupies a building or lot to exhibit and sale wares (e.g. fireworks tent)

The city does not require a license for individuals or groups canvassing or soliciting for the purpose of charitable, religious, political or educational organizations if such an organization is registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Solicitors and peddlers are limited to the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

HOW TO OBTAIN A LICENSE

Applicants should schedule an appointment with the City Clerk's Office prior to bringing in an application. Call 952-233-9300 and ask for Heidi or Lori to set up an appointment.

Peddlers and Transient Merchants

  • Must obtain a city-issued license before selling in the community. It may take up to 10 days before a license is granted based on background check (fee applies; see Fee Schedule).
  • Fill out the application below:
  • Must register in person at city hall and show a government-issued license.
  • Pay $50 fee

Solicitors

  • Must obtain city-issued license before selling in the community. It may take up to 10 days before a license is granted based on background check (fee applies; see Fee Schedule).
  • Fill out a Solicitor Registration [PDF] form
  • Must register in person at city hall and show a government-issued ID.
  • Pay $50 fee for background investigation

For Residents

Tips for dealing with peddlers and solicitors

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Driver's Licenses

The Scott County Customer Service Center, located at 400 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, provides driver’s license application and renewal, motor vehicle plates and title transactions, passport applications and renewal.

Business Licensing or Regulation

Currently the city does not license or regulate most businesses. For state or county licensing, contact the Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office at 651-556-8425.

Food and Health Licenses

If an individual business involves working with food, or if interested in obtaining a caterer's license, contact the Minnesota Department of Health.

Charitable Gambling Licenses

Contact the Gambling Control Board at 651-639-4072 for information.