State Regulations for Minnesota

Date Revised: 04/05/2019

Governing Body: 

Minnesota Department of Health | Environmental Health Division

License Required for Day Camps : 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
License Information: 

Resident Camps: Separate license required for youth camps providing lodging, camps providing food service or camps with a pool or spa

Lodging License: Lodging in Minnesota | Youth Camps

Food License: Licensing and Plan Review

Minnesota Statues, Chapter 157 (Section 157.16)

Additional relevant statutes and rules: Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 144 (Sections 144.71-144.74) and Minnesota Administrative Rules, Chapter 4630 (4630.2300-4630.4750)

Special requirements for camps in Hennepin County, MN 

Criminal Background Checks Required: 
Criminal Background Checks Information: 

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
CJIS Section
1430 Maryland Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55106

Also see: Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13 (13.87)

State Allows FBI Checks: 
Driving Record Checks: 

Driver and Vehicle Records are available through the Driver & Vehicle Services website.

  • $9.50 record copy
  • $10.50 certified record copy
State Sex Offender Registry: 
Minimum Wage: 

$9.86 per hour* for "large employers," defined as any enterprise whose annual gross volume of sales made or business done is not less than $500,000.

$8.04 per hour* for "small employers," defined as any enterprise whose annual gross volume of sales made or business done is less than $500,000.

*Federal minimum wage rate applies

Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions: 

Covers all employees unless specifically exempt.

Exemptions: staff members of a nonprofit organization employed on a seasonal basis in an organized children’s resident or day camp; bona fide executives, administrators, and professionals; volunteers for nonprofit organizations; minors under age 18 working less than 20 hours a week on municipal recreational programs

"Minnesota also exempts the following individuals from its minimum wage and overtime requirements:

staff members employed on a seasonal basis by an organization for work in an organized resident or day camp operating under a permit issued under Minnesota Statute 144.72" From Minnesota Employment Law Handbook

Subminimum Wage: 

$4.90/hour for employees under age 20 for the first 90 consecutive days of employment. The Department may issue rules for the handicapped, apprentices, and learners.

Overtime Pay Requirements: 

1½ times regular rate after 48-hour week. State and political subdivision employees: 1½ hours off for each hour worked over 48 in any workweek instead of overtime pay.

Overtime Pay Exemptions: 

Those employees exempt from the state minimum wage (except corn detasslers under age 18); seasonal employees for a carnival, fair, or ski facility

Meal/Rest Period Requirements: 

Meal period: sufficient time to eat a meal during shift of 8 or more hours; need not be paid time; collective bargaining agreements may provide otherwise.

Rest period: adequate time to visit restroom in each 4 consecutive hours of work (collective bargaining agreements may provide otherwise); reasonable time to express breast milk for nursing mothers (doesn’t need to be paid time).

Student Exemption Information: 

Contact the Unemployment Office at 651-259-7329.