Licensing

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The City of Forest Lake requires businesses and residents to obtain licenses for certain activities.  If you have questions regarding what permits are required for your business, please contact Jolleen Chaika at 651-209-9732.
  1. Adult Oriented Business
  2. Carnival-Exhibition Permit
  3. Gambling Temporary

The City of Forest Lake Adult Oriented Business License is annual license with expiration happening at the end of the calendar year.  Both City Council and Police Department approvals are necessary prior to the license being issued.  Chapter 112 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the requirements of the Adult Oriented Business License.

Adult Use application (PDF)

  1. Garbage Rubbish Hauler
  2. Lawn Fertilizer-Pesticide
  3. Limousine-Taxi License

A City of Forest Lake Garbage and Waste Materials License is required for all persons, corporations or other entities engaging in the business of collecting refuse, recyclables, or demolition and construction waste within the City of Forest Lake.  Chapter 50 of the City of Forest Lake City Codes regulates the requirements of the Garbage and Waste Material License.

Garbage and Waste Hauler Online Application
Garbage and Waste Hauler Application (PDF)



  1. Massage Therapist License
  2. Massage Therapist Location
  3. Liquor Licensing

A City of Forest Lake Massage Therapist License is required prior to performing massage services within the City of Forest Lake.  Chapter 115 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the requirements of the Massage Therapist License.

Massage Therapist License (PDF)



  1. Outdoor Entertainment
  2. Pawnbroker
  3. Peddler-Solicitor

A City of Forest Lake Outdoor Entertainment Permit is required for events held in the City that are not held within and enclosed structure.  These events include but are not limited to: outdoor concerts, running races, events with amplified sound or announcers.  If your event features a temporary tent or canopy, fill out the Temporary Tent/Canopy Permit Application that is part of the Outdoor Entertainment Permit Application Packet and submit it along with the completed Outdoor Entertainment Permit.  Chapter 92 of the Forest Lake City Code regulates the requirements of the Outdoor Entertainment Permit.

Outdoor Entertainment Permit Online Application
Outdoor Entertainment with Tent Online Application
Outdoor Entertainment with Tent Application (PDF)

  1. Temporary Banner Permit
  2. Water Surface Use
A Temporary Banner permit is required for all temporary signs located within the City of Forest Lake. 

Temporary Banner Permit Application