340A.412 LICENSE RESTRICTIONS; INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENSES.
Subdivision 1.[Repealed, 1989 c 49 s 8
Subd. 2. Investigation of on-sale licenses.
(a) The city or county having jurisdiction over
on-sale licenses to sell intoxicating liquor shall on initial application for an on-sale license
or on application for a transfer of an existing license conduct a preliminary background and
financial investigation of the applicant. The application must be in the form prescribed by the
commissioner and with any additional information as the governing body of the city or county
having jurisdiction over the license requires. If the governing body of the city or county having
jurisdiction determines or if the commissioner on the commissioner's own initiative determines
that a comprehensive background and investigation of the applicant is necessary, the governing
body may conduct the investigation itself or contract with the commissioner for the investigation.
In addition, an investigation may be required prior to renewal of an existing on-sale license
when the governing body of the city or county deems it in the public interest. An investigation
fee not to exceed $500 shall be charged an applicant by the city or county if the investigation
is conducted within the state, or the actual cost not to exceed $10,000 if the investigation is
required outside the state.
(b) No license may be issued, transferred, or renewed if the results of the investigation
show, to the satisfaction of the governing body, that issuance, transfer, or renewal would not be
in the public interest.
Subd. 3. Limitations on issuance of licenses to one person or place.
(a) A municipality may
not issue more than one off-sale intoxicating liquor license to any one person or for any one place.
(b) A municipality may not allow the same business name to be used by more than one
of its off-sale intoxicating liquor licensees.
(c) For purposes of this subdivision, "person" means:
(1) a holder of an off-sale intoxicating liquor license;
(2) an officer, director, agent, or employee of a holder of an off-sale intoxicating liquor
(3) an affiliate of a holder of an off-sale intoxicating liquor license, regardless of whether the
affiliation is corporate or by management, direction, or control.
Subd. 4. Licenses prohibited in certain areas.
(a) No license to sell intoxicating liquor may
be issued within the following areas:
(1) where restricted against commercial use through zoning ordinances and other proceedings
or legal processes regularly had for that purpose, except licenses may be issued to restaurants in
areas which were restricted against commercial uses after the establishment of the restaurant;
(2) within the Capitol or on the Capitol grounds, except as provided under Laws 1983,
chapter 259, section 9, or Laws 1999, chapter 202, section 13;
(3) on the State Fairgrounds or at any place in a city of the first class within one-half mile of
the fairgrounds, except as otherwise provided by charter;
(4) on the campus of the College of Agriculture of the University of Minnesota or at any
place in a city of the first class within one-half mile of the campus, provided that a city may
issue one on-sale wine license and one off-sale intoxicating liquor license in this area that is not
included in the area described in clause (3), except as provided by charter;
(5) within 1,000 feet of a state hospital, training school, reformatory, prison, or other
institution under the supervision or control, in whole or in part, of the commissioner of human
services or the commissioner of corrections;
(6) in a town or municipality in which a majority of votes at the last election at which the
question of license was voted upon were not in favor of license under section
, or within
one-half mile of any such town or municipality, except that intoxicating liquor manufactured
within this radius may be sold to be consumed outside it;
(7) at any place on the east side of the Mississippi River within one-tenth of a mile of the
main building of the University of Minnesota unless (i) the licensed establishment is on property
owned or operated by a nonprofit corporation organized prior to January 1, 1940, for and by former
students of the University of Minnesota, or (ii) the licensed premises is Northrop Auditorium;
(8) within 1,500 feet of a state university, except that:
(i) the minimum distance in the case of Winona and Southwest State University is 1,200
feet, measured by a direct line from the nearest corner of the administration building to the
main entrance of the licensed establishment;
(ii) within 1,500 feet of St. Cloud State University one on-sale wine and two off-sale
intoxicating liquor licenses may be issued, measured by a direct line from the nearest corner of
the administration building to the main entrance of the licensed establishment;
(iii) at Mankato State University the distance is measured from the front door of the student
union of the Highland campus;
(iv) a temporary license under section
340A.404, subdivision 10
, may be issued to a location
on the grounds of a state university for an event sponsored or approved by the state university; and
(v) this restriction does not apply to the area surrounding the premises of Metropolitan
State University in Minneapolis; and
(9) within 1,500 feet of any public school that is not within a city.
(b) The restrictions of this subdivision do not apply to a manufacturer or wholesaler of
intoxicating liquor or to a drugstore or to a person who had a license originally issued lawfully
prior to July 1, 1967.
Subd. 5. Licenses in connection with premises of another.
An intoxicating liquor license
may not be issued to a person in connection with the premises of another to whom a license
could not be issued under the provisions of this chapter. This subdivision does not prevent the
granting of a license to a proper lessee because the person has leased the premises of a minor, a
noncitizen who is not a resident alien, or a person who has been convicted of a crime other than
a violation of this chapter.
Subd. 6. Off-sale licenses where 3.2 percent malt liquor is sold.
An off-sale intoxicating
liquor license may not be issued to a place where 3.2 percent malt liquor is sold for consumption
on the premises. This subdivision does not apply to those places where both an on-sale and
off-sale license or a combination license have been issued under section
Subd. 7. Drugstores.
No intoxicating liquor license may be issued to a person operating a
drugstore unless the person has operated it for at least two years or has purchased a drugstore
that has been in continuous operation for two or more years.
Subd. 8. Expiration date.
All intoxicating liquor licenses issued by a county or a city, other
than cities of the first class, must expire on the same date.
Subd. 9. License transfer.
A license may be transferred with the consent of the issuing
authority, provided that a license issued to a location at a racetrack licensed under chapter 240
may not be transferred. Where a license is held by a corporation, a change in ownership of ten
percent or more of the stock of the corporation must be reported in writing to the authority who
issued the license within ten days of the transfer.
Subd. 10. Employment of minors.
No person under 18 years of age may serve or sell
intoxicating liquor in a retail intoxicating liquor establishment.
Subd. 11. Reissuance of licenses in certain cities.
A city having territory in which the sale
of intoxicating liquor has been prohibited by law or charter and in which real property taken for
a public purpose by negotiation or eminent domain proceedings was, immediately prior to the
taking, actually and lawfully used for the sale of intoxicating liquor, may reissue the license
previously issued to the location at any otherwise lawful location in the city. A change of location
due to taking after July 1, 1972, must have been accomplished by July 1, 1976, but these licenses
may be renewed, reissued, transferred, or relocated after that date.
Subd. 12. Off-site storage prohibition.
A holder of a retail intoxicating liquor license or a
municipal liquor store may not store any intoxicating liquor at any location other than the licensed
premises except with the written permission of the commissioner.
Subd. 13. First class cities; renewal of inactive licenses prohibited.
A city of the first class
may not renew an on-sale intoxicating liquor license if the holder of the license has not made
on-sales authorized by the license at any time during the one-year period immediately prior to
the date of renewal.
Subd. 14. Exclusive liquor stores.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, an
exclusive liquor store may sell only the following items:
(1) alcoholic beverages;
(2) tobacco products;
(4) beverages, either liquid or powder, specifically designated for mixing with intoxicating
(5) soft drinks;
(6) liqueur-filled candies;
(7) food products that contain more than one-half of one percent alcohol by volume;
(8) cork extraction devices;
(9) books and videos on the use of alcoholic beverages;
(10) magazines and other publications published primarily for information and education
on alcoholic beverages; and
(11) home brewing equipment.
(b) An exclusive liquor store that has an on-sale, or combination on-sale and off-sale
license may sell food for on-premise consumption when authorized by the municipality issuing
(c) An exclusive liquor store may offer live or recorded entertainment.
History: 1985 c 305 art 6 s 12; 1985 c 309 s 10; 1Sp1985 c 16 art 2 s 3 subd 1; 1Sp1986 c 3
art 1 s 40,41; 1987 c 152 art 1 s 1; 1987 c 310 s 11; 1991 c 249 s 13-15,31; 1992 c 486 s 9; 1994
c 611 s 22; 1995 c 198 s 10; 1998 c 364 s 6; 1999 c 202 s 5; 2001 c 193 s 3; 2002 c 318 s 1;
2005 c 3 s 1; 2005 c 131 s 4; 2006 c 210 s 11