New Business Checklist

Welcome to the City of North St. Paul! We are very happy you have chosen North St. Paul as your new business location. 

North St. Paul is a diverse and proud community that is always eager to support local businesses. While we are a suberb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, we strive to preserve the small-town atmosphere our residents enjoy. 

As a new business in town, there may be some necessary next steps for you to complete


We require licensing for some business types. Those businesses include:

  • Body Art
  • Cigarette & Tobacco
  • Gasoline Distribution
  • Fireworks Manufacturer and Sales
  • Liquor Sales
  • Massage Enterprise and Practitioner
  • Peddler Solicitor Sales
  • Pawn Shop

If your business requires a license, you can find the necessary applications here: 


Some permits may be required to get started on construction work or to receive a Certificate of Occupancy. Permits may include:

  • Building (remodeling, attaching a new external sign, etc.)
  • Electrical
  • Fire Alarm Sprinkler
  • Mechanical (replacing or installing HVAC systems, ventilation, etc.)
  • Plumbing
  • Sign (adding or replacing an external sign)

If your business does require permits, you can find the necessary applications here: 


Contact the Community Development department at or 651.747.2407 to ensure the location is properly zoned for your business. 

Site Plan reviews are required for commercial and industrial developments and can be applied for here: 

Business Association 

We encourage all new businesses to join the North St. Paul Business Association. They are committed to providing community charitable support, networking opportunities and general business promotion. You can find more information here:  

Additional Information

Food service establishments should check with Ramsey County or MN Department of Agriculture for any licensing or inspection requirements. 

Helpful licensing information can be found at MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for new businesses. 

Please send your SAC determination applications through the Met Council submittal system or email the entire submittal packet to


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

City of North St. Paul