On-Sale Beer & Wine License


Issued, with the approval of the commissioner of public safety, only to restaurants having facilities for seating of at least 25 people at one time for the sale of wine not exceeding 24 percent alcohol by volume and for consumption on the licensed premises only in conjunction with the sale of food (must be a Category 2 food permit or greater). The holder of a wine license who is also licensed to sell 3.2 percent malt liquor on-sale may also sell intoxicating malt liquors at on-sale without an additional license.

Application Procedure

A public hearing with the City Council is required prior to issuance of a liquor license in the city.  A legal notice will be published in the local newspaper and all property owners within 500 feet of the site will be notified by mail at least 10 days in advance of the public hearing.  City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, except in December when there is only one meeting held on the second Monday.

Submit the following at least 30 days prior to the desired City Council meeting date:

If the license is approved by the City Council, the following must be submitted:

  • Certificate of Insurance indicating liquor liability, general liability, and workers compensation insurance. The liquor liability insurance must meet minimum state requirements and have an expiration date of April 30 (license term runs May 1 through April 30 annually) OR contain the phrase "Coverage is continuous until cancelled." The City of Chanhassen must be named as an additional insured and the trade name (DBA) and physical address of the business must be shown on the certificate.
  • Annual License Fee of $410 payable to the City of Chanhassen.
  • Completed Buyer's Card Application and a $20 check made payable to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Once these documents are received, they will be sent to the State of Minnesota, Department of Public Safety, Liquor Control Division for final review.