Health Department

Food, Lodging & Pools
Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Civic Events and Community Celebrations

The City of Minneapolis requires permits and approvals for all public events involving the sale or giving away of foods and beverages or the provision of tattoo and body piercing services. The Food, Lodging & Pools program is responsible for regulating, inspecting and issuing permits for all events.

Event Sponsors

Before a civic event can be held in Minneapolis, the individual or organization planning or hosting that event must complete and submit an Event Sponsor Application


2014 Short-term and Special Event Regulation Changes

2014 Minneapolis event sponsors and event food vendors should plan to attend one of two meetings on licensing and regulation changes affecting special event food stands, short-term events, and seasonal food events. The changes include the application forms, due dates, expectations of vendors and sponsors , equipment requirements, self-inspection fprms, and more.

9-10 a.m., Monday, May 12 at Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Ave.


2-3 p.m., Monday, May 19 at Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Ave.


Questions? Call 311 and ask to speak to a health inspector.


Event Food Vendors

All vendors planning to sell or dispense food or beverages at public events in Minneapolis must have permits and approval from the Food, Lodging & Pools program prior to the start of the event. Any vendor found selling or dispensing food or beverage without a permit would be considered an illegal vendor and fined.

There are permits available for individuals or organizations planning to sell or dispense food and/or beverages at public events:

Body Art Events

There are two types of temporary Body Art events:

All participating body artists must be licensed or permitted by the State of Minnesota prior to the event and must show proof of license or permit to the Minneapolis Food, Lodging & Pools program.

The event sponsor must obtain a "Sponsor of Temporary Tattooing/Piercing Event" license and assumes responsibility in ensuring that the event is in compliance and that the participating artists have obtained proper licensure and will be operating within the regulations and event guidelines.



Last updated May 8, 2014