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Business Licensing

The City does not require business licenses for every type of commerce; however, the Fargo Municipal Code does require a City license for the businesses listed below.

Some first-time applications can be found below or call the Auditor's Office at 701.241.1304.

Visit the City of Fargo Licensing Portal to apply for the following licenses.




Other Required Licenses

Separate applications are required for the following businesses and activities:

  • Alcohol
  • Automotive Service Station (full or self-service)
  • Bulk oil plants
  • Businesses that display sexual devices
  • Mobile Home Communities
  • First Time Pawn Broker Pawn Brokers License
  • First Time Second Hand Dealer Second Hand Dealer License

Licenses may require additional documents to be provided.

Requirements and information for starting new businesses in our state can be found on the North Dakota State website.

For information on other business licenses and registering your business name, contact the State of North Dakota Secretary of State's Office.