Lodging Licensing

Public lodging establishments within Otter Tail County are required to be licensed by the regulatory authority before operating.  This process may require a plan review of the establishment along with a required on-site inspection and submission of the appropriate fees.

Note:  New construction or remodel of existing establishments require a plan review by the Health Authority prior to licensing.

Definitions 

Lodging establishment - a building, structure, enclosure or any part thereof used as, maintained as, advertised as or held out to be a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public as regular roomers, for periods of one week or more, and having five or more beds to let to the public.

Hotel or Motel - a building, structure, enclosure or any part thereof used as, maintained as, advertised as or held out to be a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public and furnishing accommodations for periods of less than one week.

Resort - a building, structure, enclosure or any part thereof located on, or on property neighboring, any lake, stream, skiing or hunting area or any recreational area for purposes of providing convenient access thereto, kept, used, maintained or advertised as, or held out to the public to be a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public, and primarily to those seeking recreation for periods of one day, one week, or longer, and having for rent five or more cottages, rooms or enclosures.

Boarding Establishment - a food and beverage service establishment where food or beverages, or both are furnished to five or more accommodations, for periods of one week or more.

Bed & Breakfast - owner occupied establishments which offer lodging and breakfast, without a limitation on the number of rooms offered. If breakfast is offered to more than 10 persons, a commercial kitchen is required.

Licenses Required Per Type of Lodging

Lodging License Type
Number of Units
Duration of Stay
Additional Licenses Which May be Needed

Bed & Breakfast
1 or more
1 night or longer
Food (see:  Bed and Breakfast Operations)
Resort
5 or more
1 night or more
Food and Beverage (see:  Food Business Licensing)
Swimming Pool - Spa Pool (see: Public Swimming Pools)
Lodging

5 or more

1 week or more
Lodging with special services may be exempt from licensing (see Lodging Licensing Exemption)

Boarding Establishment
5 or more
1 week or more
Food (see:  Food Business Licensing)

Hotel / Motel

1 or more

1 day or longer
Food (see:  Food Business Licensing)
Swimming Pool - Spa Pool (see:  Public Swimming Pools)
Vacation Home Rentals
1 or more
1 day or longer
Visit Explore Minnesota: Vacation Home Rental for more information. A hotel / motel license may be required.

Housing with Services and Board and Lodging with Special Services establishments provide sleeping accommodations for residents. A lodging license may be required. If food is provided, a boarding license may also be required. Please contact the appropriate licensing authority to determine if a lodging or boarding license is necessary:

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