Food Plan Review Requirements
In the City of Minneapolis, you must follow certain guidelines if you plan to:
- Start a new business
- Remodel, alter, expand or upgrade an existing business
You will need to contact Minneapolis Development Review and talk to a Development Review Coordinator about your plans. Development Review Coordinators can answer your questions and give you the correct Plan Review Application and guidelines.
Business Technical Assistance Program (B-Tap)
Would you like help planning or opening a business in Minneapolis? The City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) developed the B-Tap program to give consulting support to Minneapolis small and medium sized businesses.
B-Tap offers help on:
- Starting or expanding a business
- Pursing Minority- or Women- Owned Disadvantaged Business certification
- General business advice (such as payroll withholding, business licenses, marketing strategy)
- Loan options available
In order for your plans to be reviewed, you must submit
- A completed Plan Review Application, and a
- Plan Review Fee.
The plan review fee must be paid with a check or money order when the plans and specifications are submitted.
The plan review application and guidelines can be downloaded and printed. Click on the following links to download: (NOTE: These documents require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view them.)
Finish Schedule Summary (PDF)
Plans will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete plan additions or plan revisions will be evaluated in the order they are received.
Minneapolis Environmental Health will only conduct a site evaluation after plans and/or a licensed application have been submitted.
A site evaluation will be done by appointment only.
Green To Go
The Minneapolis Green To Go ordinance requires food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to-go must be placed in packaging that is reusable, recyclable or compostable. Recyclable materials must be recycled. Compostable plastics must be composted.
Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/GreenToGo for more information.
Permission to Open
Minneapolis Environmental Health does not grant final permission to open. Permission is given by Minneapolis Business Licensing. Contact Business Licensing at 612-673-2080.
At least four weeks before opening, apply for your business license at Minneapolis Business Licensing. Business Licensing is located in Room 1, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Before you open for business:
- Your license application must be approved, and
- Final inspections must be conducted.
Minnesota Food Establishment Construction Guides
Find the Minnesota Food Establishment Construction Guides (PDF) at:
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/food/docs/license/feconstguide.pdf
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) https://www.mda.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/2018-05/constructionguide.pdf
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 Mar 23, 2020