License Minnesota

General Merchandise Storage License

Issued to persons not storing grain but who operate a warehouse to store other property, such as household goods, for the public.

Agency contact information:

Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 201-6000 | (800) 967-2474 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
Plant Protection Division
Contact Info: Grain & Warehouse Licensing
(651) 201-6011


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

General Merchandise Licensing

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.


Minn. Stats. 231



Application of General Merchandise Warehouse License

General Merchandise Storage Bond

General Merchandise Warehouse License Proof of Claim 

Sample Irrevocable Letter of Credit (sent on request of applicant). A Letter of Credit or Certificate of Deposit or other negotiable instrument can be filed instead of the required bond.

*Warehouse operators who DO NOT store household goods may substitute legal liability insurance of $50,000, or more, in place of a general merchandise storage bond.


Application of General Merchandise Warehouse License

Check in payment of required fee(s)

General merchandise storage bond, a voided warehouse receipt, and a tariff, if applicable.
*Only the storage of household goods requires the filing of a tariff.

Bond Requirements

If you store household goods, a General Merchandise Storage Bond in the amount of at least $10,000 (per city) must be issued and a tariff must be filed.

If you do not store household goods, $50,000 warehouseman's legal liability insurance may be filed in place of the General Merchandise Storage Bond. No tariff is required.

A license is required for each city that a company conducts a general merchandise storage operation.


General Merchandise License Fee is based on the storage capacity of the warehouse:
5,000 square feet or less $110
5,000 square feet-10,000 square feet $220
10,000 square feet-20,000 square feet $330
20,000 square feet-100,000 square feet $440
100,000 square feet-200,000 square feet $550
Over 200,000 square feet $660

Period of Issuance:

July 1 - June 30

Length of Determination Process:

4 days to 4 months.

Other Pertinent Information:

A transmittal letter, which spells out requirements, is sent to all general merchandise storage license applicants, along with the licensing forms.