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Permits for Minneapolis public events with food and/or beverages

Civic Events, Community Celebrations & Minneapolis Convention Center Public Events

Minneapolis is host to hundreds of public events each year – ranging from very small to very large, both indoors and outdoors.

If you are organizing a public event where food or beverages will be sold or given away in the City of Minneapolis, you will need an an Event Food Sponsor Permit (Solicitud de Permiso para el Patrocinador de un eento de comidas). This includes sampling (marketing) of food and/or beverage products.

Body Art Events - Information on permits for body art events can be found here. The link to the Body Art Establishment page is also in the left sidebar.  

What is a public event?

Most events are public events, including ticketed events. If general members of the public can purchase tickets or attend for free, the event is public. Private events are those that only a pre-defined group of people are invited to or can attend. Examples include family reunions, club or team celebrations and employee appreciation dinners. Private events do not require food permits. 

Event Food Sponsors

The Event Food Sponsor must submit the following items together to Minneapolis Environmental health at least 10 business days before the event.

Note: The Event Food Sponsor application (Solicitud de Permiso para el Patrocinador de un evento de comidas) includes one free Short Term Food Permit. The vendor using the free Short Term Food Permit may be the event's sponsoring organization or another food vendor. A Short Term Food Permit application must be submitted for the free food vendor.

During summer months when large volumes of events require approval, Event Food Sponsors are encouraged to turn in all applications and fees as early as possible to ensure plenty of time for review and approval.

Permits must be approved prior to the start of the event.

Selling or giving away food or beverages without a permit will result in closure and a fine.

Event Food Sponsors are responsible for giving information about the Minneapolis Green To Go rules (foam and polystyrene packaging ban) to event food vendors. Visit for information and flyers.


Event Food Sponsor Permit application
Solicitud de Permiso para el Patrocinador de un evento de comidas


Short Term Food Permit application
Solicitud de Permiso de periodo corto de comida

Seasonal Food Permit application
Solicitud de Permiso temporal de comida

Note: Seasonal Food Permit holders may not hold their own event or serve as an Event Food Sponsor.

Vendor Lists

Find vendors with a Seasonal Food Permit or vendors with a Mobile Food License. The lists are intended to help event food sponsors or market managers find vendors for events or markets. The lists are updated monthly.

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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301. 

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017



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