Liquor Licensing

Issued To 

Establishments that sell liquor

Icon of two pieces of paperApplication

Application for Liquor License (PDF) 
(Note: Application file contains forms necessary for all intoxicating liquor, not all forms are necessary for every type of license)

Off-Sale

  • Off-sale intoxicating liquor licenses shall be issued only to premises on which a freestanding building is located for the sale of such liquor
  • No off-sale intoxicating liquor licenses shall be issued for a premise(s) that is within 0.75 mile of another off-sale intoxicating liquor facility. Off-sale map (PDF) (Exception: facilities located within the Burnsville Center retail area)
  • Application for off-sale fee reduction: (PDF) State law allows off-sale liquor license holders to receive a $100 reduction in their licensing fee if they follow certain Best Practices stipulations. The City has their own Best Practices program, which is different than the ones included in this allowance.

3.2 Percent Off-Sale

  • Off-sale 3.2 Percent Liquor License shall permit the sale of beer at retail in the original package for consumption off the premises only
  • An affidavit of sales (PDF) can be used in lieu of the insurance
  • No Buyer's Card from the State Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement is necessary
  • Change in Operating Managers for 3.2 Percent Liquor Application: (PDF) When there is a change in the Operating Manager, Shareholders or Officers/Directors establishments must complete appropriate applications forms, pay a fee and have the change forms approved by City Council
  • Change in Operating Managers for Intoxicating Liquor Application: (PDF) When there is a change in the Operating Manager, Shareholders or Officers/Directors establishments must complete appropriate applications forms, pay a fee and have the change forms approved by City Council

On-Sale A & B

  • On-Sale A intoxicating liquor licenses require a minimum of 750-square-feet for the dining area portion of the premises and a minimum of 30 seat capacity (same as state law) for Sunday on-sale if applicable
  • On-Sale B intoxicating liquor licenses shall have an investment requirement of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000). In the case of multipurpose buildings such as motels and hotels, only that portion of the building directly attributable to the preparation, handling, storing or serving of food and liquor shall be considered in determining the value of said premises

Wine

  • An on-sale wine license authorizes the sale of wine not exceeding 14 percent alcohol by volume, for consumption on the licensed premises only, in conjunction with the sale of food. A wine license may be issued only to restaurants having facilities for seating of at least 25 people at a time
  • Wine licenses can be applied for on their own, or in conjunction with a 3.2 percent on-sale license to be able to serve strong beer. Please see more information regarding strong beer in the 3.2 percent on-sale section
  • For Wine, an affidavit of sales (PDF) can be used in lieu of the insurance unless the sale of strong beer will be made
  • Change in Operating Managers for Intoxicating/Wine Application: (PDF) When there is a change in the Operating Manager, Shareholders or Officers/Directors establishments must complete appropriate applications forms, pay a fee and have the change forms approved by City Council. These requirements do not apply to corporations whose stock is traded on the New York or American Stock Exchanges. In those instances it is requested that establishments send a letter to the City informing of the changes

3.2 Percent On-Sale

  • 3.2 percent on-sale licenses can be applied for on their own or in conjunction with a wine license for the availability to sell strong beer. There is not a separate strong beer license. Establishments that wish to sell strong beer must apply for both a wine license and a 3.2 percent on-sale license and provide proof of liquor liability insurance (Dram insurance).
  • Affidavit of sales can not be used if strong beer is sold
  • Change in Operating Managers for 3.2 Percent On-Sale Application: When there is a change in the Operating Manager, Shareholders or Officers/Directors establishments must complete appropriate applications forms, pay a fee and have the change forms approved by City Council. These requirements do not apply to corporations whose stock is traded on the New York or American Stock Exchanges. In those instances it is requested that establishments send a letter to the City informing of the changes

Temporary 3.2 Percent (PDF)

  • Temporary 3.2 Percent application (PDF)
  • The licensee has to be a non-profit, charitable or religious organization that has been in existence for three years
  • The license can be used for an event no longer than three consecutive days and may authorize on-sales on premises other than premises the licensee owns or permanently occupies
  • The licensee may contract for 3.2 percent malt liquor and wine catering services with the holder of a full year on-sale liquor licensed issued by the City
  • Proof of liability insurance or affidavit must be provided.

Temporary On-Sale Intoxicating

  • Forms and documents from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
  • The licensee has to be a charitable organization that has been in existence for three years and has to be in conjunction with a social event within the city sponsored by the licensee
  • The license authorizes the on-sale of intoxicating, 3.2 percent and wine for not more than four consecutive days, and may authorize sales on premises other than the premises the licensee owns or permanently occupies
  • No licensee can obtain more than one license in a 12 month period. The licensee may contract for intoxicating liquor catering services from a full year on-sale liquor license holder with the City and may provide that persons serving liquor at the social event are the servers/employees of the full year on-sale holder
  • Proof of liability insurance is needed before license will be issued
  • Temporary licenses for on-sale and wine must first be approved by the commissioner of public safety before they are valid

Renewal 

Renew by June 30 annually

Additional Requirements

  • Licenses are approved by City Council at a public hearing. City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays after the first Monday of each month
  • Minimum processing time for new applications is approximately two months
  • All license holders are responsible to turn in a Retailers Buyers Card to the State Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement for processing. The City does not have these cards and does not process them
  • All On-Sale A, B, Sunday, Brewpub, Wine and 3.2 On-Sale licenses require closing by 1 a.m. An applicant may apply for a 2 a.m. license from the State Department of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement
  • License applications (new and renewal) require an investigation, which is a separate fee
  • Licenses are not transferable
  • An inspection from the Department of Alcohol and Gambling is required for all off-sale and wine licenses.

Fees 

Liquor License Fees (PDF)

Resources

Questions? Contact

Application

Licensing and Code Enforcement
100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, Minn. 55337
Email Licensing
952-895-4460

Best Practices Training

Burnsville Police Department Services Manager
Email
952-895-4630