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Nicollet Mall Advisory Board

The Nicollet Mall Advisory Board was established by statue in the 1960s to advise the City of Minneapolis on all issues related to the Nicollet Mall. Upon inception in July 2009, Minneapolis DID was appointed by the Minneapolis City Council to serve in this role in recognition of its maintenance, oversight and related investment.

Nicollet Mall carries specific rules and regulations for property façade design, sidewalk cafes, special events, marketing and tour vehicles, which require approval from DID.

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Nicollet Mall Event & Activity Applications

Nicollet Mall Event, activity and vehicle applications are currently NOT being accepted during the 2015-2017 Nicollet Mall Project construction. Please visit for updates on the project, and follow this page for updates on when permits may be accepted for mall activities.

Nicollet Mall Sidewalk Cafes

Minneapolis DID approval is required for all new sidewalk cafes proposal, and any modifications to the size or placement of existing sidewalk cafes on Nicollet Mall sidewalks. Please use the link below to submit your request to Minneapolis DID. Your request should include a detailed diagram of the proposed sidewalk cafe footprint, dimensions, description of proposed barricades, number of tables and chairs, and renderings if available. 

Nicollet Mall Design Guidelines for Building Fa├žade Embellishments

All properties and businesses along Nicollet Mall are required to obtain approval from Minneapolis DID when planning to renovate an existing building facade or constructing a new property facing the Nicollet Mall.

Approvals are also required for the replacement or addition of: monument signs, projecting signs, sandwich boards, awnings, banners, and temporary construction barricades. Minneapolis DID guidelines and approvals are in addition to, and not in place of, existing regulations contained in the City’s Building Code and Zoning Ordinances. 

All signage and awning applications must contain sufficient written and graphic information to communicate the location, dimensions, material(s) and design.

Please include a detailed description of the project, timeline, and all available construction plans, renderings, and city permits.