Community & Economic Development

Second Round Small Business Emergency Grant Program

Thank you for your interest in the Lakeville Second Round Small Business Emergency Grant Program. The application window closed on September 30, 2020 and the City is no longer accepting grant applications.

If your business applied for a Lakeville grant between September 16 and September 30, City staff will be contacting you in the near future about the status of your application.

Information and Resources for Employers and Businesses During the COVID-19 Outbreak

June 19: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has recently announced the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program and began accepting applications on June 23. This program will provide $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found online at DEED’s Small Business Relief Grants website.

Monday, April 27: The Small Business Administration has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. The PPP loan program administered provides loans up to 2.5 months’ worth of payroll cost up to $10 million for small businesses, self-employed people, sole proprietors, independent contractors and gig workers to maintain payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the loans are used for eligible uses and employers maintain payroll for eight weeks after the loans are dispersed the loan will be forgiven. Visit the SBA website to apply and for additional information.

Stay Safe Order Phase III

On Friday, June 5, Governor Walz announced a "turning of the dial" to open up more of society across the state and will implement "Stay Safe Order Phase III" starting Wednesday, June 10.

Stay Safe Order Phase III:

  • The new order encourages Minnesotans to stay close to home but allows outdoor gatherings of friends and family of 25 people or less, and indoor gatherings of 10 people or less.
  • Restaurants and bars are allowed indoor seating at 50% capacity, cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space (including outdoor seating) and reservations are still required.
  • Personal services like salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops can be open at 50% capacity, but cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space, with appointments required.
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios for both indoor and outdoor use at 25% capacity.
  • Seated indoor entertainment like movies, concert halls, bowling, arcades, museums and theaters at 25% capacity, cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space.
  • Pools at 50% capacity and maintain social distancing.
  • Outdoor event and entertainments settings, like sporting events, concerts and theaters cannot exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space, and must continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

For more information on Phase III and the upcoming changes, visit for the Minnesota Stay Safe Plan.

Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas 

Minnesota Executive Order 20-56 allows restaurants and bars to open to the public on June 1, provided they: 

  • Adopt and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Provide outdoor service only
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Limit on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
  • Limit table service to 4 persons from differing households, or 6 persons if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations in advance
  • Require workers to wear masks
  • Strongly encourage masks be worn by customers

To comply with Lakeville’s Policy for Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas, businesses:

  • Can create temporary patios in parking areas and green spaces
  • Have on-site signage and storage
  • Post limited on-site directional signage
  • Set up temporary tables, tents and sun shelters
  • Must prepare a traffic management plan
  • Provide on-site traffic and operational management


  • No city permits or fees are required to establish these temporary customer areas.
  • If the business is not the fee owner of the property, any temporary outdoor use must have written approval from the fee owner of the premises.
  • Any structure requiring state building and fire code permits must submit plans and permit applications for accelerated review by city staff.
  • Customer waiting or service areas must not impede sidewalk usage nor block disabled person parking spaces or ramps.

For Liquor License Holders 

In addition to the above requirements, if alcohol is to be consumed on the temporary outdoor customer service area, the licensee must: 

  • Submit a site plan to city staff that
    • Delineates the perimeter of the outdoor area
    • Identifies the type of barrier being used
    • Shows the patio area to be compact and contiguous to the existing building
  • Provide proof of modification to defined premises in MN liquor license liability insurance coverage


All sales and consumption of alcohol shall also be consistent with the city’s temporary policy, state statute and the Governor’s Executive Orders.



Q: If my business is serving alcohol on an existing patio (with a properly spaced configuration), do I need to submit a plan to the City?   

A: No. 

Q: If my business is NOT serving alcohol on the temporary patio, do I need to submit a plan to the City?   

A: No.  

Q: What department do I submit my revised liquor license documents to? 

A: Community and Economic Development 

Q: What department will enforce these restrictions?  

A: Violation complaints will be handled on a case-by-case basis as a code enforcement matter by the Planning Department. 

Q: Do I have to submit my COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to the City or State of Minnesota? 

A: No. Businesses are required to create a preparedness plan by Executive Order 20-56, but are not required to submit the document to city or state officials. However, the state has a right to request to see a copy of the plan at any time if violations and complaints are received.

The Community & Economic Development Department encourages quality community development and promotes well-managed residential and commercial growth that will add to the quality of life in Lakeville.

The Economic Development Commission is a citizen advisory group that updates a biannual strategic plan which employs long-term strategies to encourage business development and promote economic development in Lakeville.

Workforce Development Panel presentation - October 1, 2019

  • Krista Jech, Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce President
  • Cindy Nolan, Lakeville Area Schools Career Pathways Coordinator
  • Ken Coons, Advanced Wireless Communications President
  • Ryley Anderson, Lakeville STEM Student
  • Tarah Gudmunson, Lakeville STEM Student
  • Dakota Rawley, Lakeville STEM Student
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