Lodging Licensing

Public lodging establishments within Clay or Wilkin Counties are required to be licensed by the regulatory authority before operating. This process may require a plan review of the establishment along with a required on-site inspection and submission of the appropriate fees.

 Note: New construction or remodel of existing establishments require a plan review by the Health Authority prior to licensing.

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 License Requirement

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Definitions

Lodging establishment - a building, structure, enclosure or any part thereof used as, maintained as, advertised as or held out to be a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public as regular roomers, for periods of one week or more, and having five or more beds to let to the public.

 Hotel or Motel - a building, structure, enclosure or any part thereof used as, maintained as, advertised as or held out to be a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public and furnishing accommodations for periods of less than one week.

Resort - a building, structure, enclosure or any part thereof located on, or on property neighboring, any lake, stream, skiing or hunting area or any recreational area for purposes of providing convenient access thereto, kept, used, maintained or advertised as, or held out to the public to be a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public, and primarily to those seeking recreation for periods of one day, one week, or longer, and having for rent five or more cottages, rooms or enclosures.

Boarding Establishment - a food and beverage service establishment where food or beverages, or both are furnished to five or more accommodations, for periods of one week or more.

 Bed & Breakfast - owner occupied establishments which offer lodging and breakfast, without a limitation on the number of rooms offered. If breakfast is offered to more than 10 persons, a commercial kitchen is required.

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Licenses Required Per Type of Lodging

Lodging License TypeNumber of UnitsDuration of StayAdditional Licenses Which May be Needed
Bed & Breakfast1 or more1 night or longerFood 
Resort5 or more1 night or moreFood and Beverage / Swimming Pool - Spa Pool
Lodging5 or more1 week or moreA Special Services Registration may be required 
Boarding Establishment5 or more1 week or moreFood 
Hotel / Motel1 or more1 day or longerFood 
Vacation Home Rentals1 or more1 day or longerVisit Explore Minnesota: Vacation Home Rental for more information. A hotel / motel license may be required.

 Housing with Services and Board and Lodging with Special Services establishments provide sleeping accommodations for residents. A lodging license may be required. If food is provided, a boarding license may also be required. Please contact the appropriate licensing authority to determine if a lodging or boarding license is necessary:

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