What determines whether an establishment needs a catering license?
Catering license is needed if the food is delivered and served on site to customers, or if food is delivered in multi-use utensils that will be returned for re-use.
An operator owns a licensed food establishment and wants to cater food to a business facility or private wedding. What license is needed?
A church or school is having a pot luck dinner, bake sale, or dinner. Attendees will be limited to students and parents or to the congregation. Does this require a permit?
No - this is considered a private event because it is not open to the general public. As long as it is a closed group, City involvement is not required.
If signs are posted and the public is invited, then a permit will be required as it would be a public event.
What do I need to sell ice cream, popcorn, candy, or pop from a truck?
Do I need a permit to sell or give away pre-packaged food at an event?
Yes. This includes beverages.
Can someone sell food or beverages from a private home?
No - private homes are not zoned for commercial use nor are home-prepared foods allowed by the Minnesota Food Code.
What type of foods can be sold from Sidewalk or Indoor Food Cart?
Please see applications and guidelines for:
Can a vendor who has a State of Minnesota food permit only, sell foods at a Minneapolis event?
No - vendor must obtain a Minneapolis Short Term or Seasonal Permit. Vendors with licenses from other municipalities (Bloomington, Brooklyn Park) must also obtain a Minneapolis license to sell here.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011