Bed and Breakfast Operations
Food, Pools, and Lodging Services (FPLS)
A “Bed and Breakfast” operation, in the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), requires:
- a hotel/motel license; and
- a restaurant license.
To find out if MDH or another agency will license your establishment, see:
All of the applicable provisions apply:
Statutes, Chapter 157
- Minnesota Rules,
Chapter 4625, Lodging Requirements
- Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4626, Food and Beverage Service Requirements
Hot tubs and pools must comply with:
Some operations are located in what normally would be considered a private home; rooms are rented on a nightly basis just as a hotel or motel. The MDH will license these operations that have one or more beds available, as a hotel or motel.
An MDH plan review may be required and plans are needed for all portions of the operation, such as upgrading the private water supply or private on-site sewage disposal system, food establishment or lodging facilities.
If food service is offered in the morning, it is to be licensed as a restaurant. Please contact your local environmental health specialist to discuss food-licensing options.
Proper zoning and approval from the municipality or township for the operation of a Bed and Breakfast establishment must be demonstrated to MDH before we will consider any plan review, site inspection or other steps toward the issuance of a license.
State Fire Marshal (SFM) approval is required:
State and Local business licenses, Minnesota Sales and Use tax, Insurance and Workers' Compensation requirements are also the responsibility of the operator.
Note: In areas under the jurisdiction of a local Community Health Service agency, inquiries should be directed to that agency.