When residents aren't busy walking in a winter wonderland, they can easily find themselves wading through stacks of paper. Minnesota's intense regulations make it so entrepreneurs not only need a lot of licenses, but must apply via lengthy and intricate processes. Of course, the clean air and friendly communities make it a pleasurable place to do business.
In Minnesota, any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.