Certain types of businesses and services require a license to operate in the City of Anoka.


Please see the Application Downloads page for a complete list of licensing applications.

When submitting your license application, please read through the application carefully.  The City does not accept incomplete license applications or applications that do not include the require documentation as listed in the application.  Applications, required documentation and full payment must all be included in your submittal.  For renewals, if an application is submitted incomplete or without the necessary documentation, the application will be returned to the applicant and will be subject to additional fees as described above.


All license applications take a minimum of two weeks to process internally.  Most licenses also require City Council approval, which will result in final approval taking approximately a total of three weeks.  Liquor Licenses require approximately 40 to 60 days for processing, public hearings and final City Council approval.

Licenses are granted on an annual basis.  Most licenses follow a January 1st through December 31st licensing period; however, a few licenses have varying expiration dates.


It is the license holder’s responsibility to be familiar with their license expiration date.  License renewal processing follows the same processing timetable as a new license.

It is the applicant/license holder’s responsibility to read and be familiar with the City ordinances regulating their particular license.  City ordinances are available on the City website, or by contacting the City Clerk’s office.


Licenses that are not submitted by their due date will incur a late fee of $25 or 10% of the total license fee, whichever is greater.  Those licenses that are not renewed within 30 days after the expiration date of the license will be required to apply as a new license and will pay all associated fees as required when applying for a new license.

Contact Us

If at any time you have questions relating to licensing with the City of Anoka, please contact us at 763-576-2740.