Liquor Licenses

Edina has a strong history of license holders operating within a well-established legal framework.

Click here to request a Liquor License Application

Completed applications are received by the Edina City Clerk and generally take 8 - 10 weeks for processing.

All officers in the corporation holding the prospective license and all persons owning more than a 5% interest in the license must fill out an application and undergo a criminal background check. The business and personal financials of the applicants are reviewed, as are any contracts or leases. This level of detail is necessary to understand the identity of the true owners and operators of the business, to reveal disqualified or ineligible applicants, and to make certain that the applicants are suitable to run this highly regulated business in compliance with all applicable laws by looking at their licensing history. Most applicants have been local business owners who have conducted business only in the state. With out-of-state, large chain liquor retailers the review process can be lengthier.

Once staff has reviewed the application, it is scheduled for consideration by the City Council. If a new on-sale intoxicating license is requested, the City Clerk will schedule a public hearing and publish ten days’ notice in the Edina Sun Current.

Once approved by the City Council, each application package is sent to the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED). Depending on the type of license, AGED may also require an inspection of the completed premises before the State approves their portion of the license. In any case, a license is not released until the establishment is approved by AGED.