Food and Beverages
If you sell or give away food at a public event in Minneapolis, you need an Event Food Sponsor Permit.
At least two weeks before the first day of your event, turn in your:
What is a public event? An event that members of the public can buy tickets or attend for free.
Contact the Health Department if you need help to determine if your event is public or private. Call 311 (612-673-3000) or email [email protected]. Ask for a health inspector with the Food Permit Team.
Vendor permits and licenses
All vendors need to have one of the following: (This information is in the Event Food Sponsor Permit application.)
- Short Term Food Permit
- Seasonal Food Permit
- Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor License (Food truck)
- Minneapolis Limited Mobile Food License (Pre-packaged ice cream, candy, chips, and soda.)
- Be a Cottage Food Producer registered with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
- Be a Product of the Farm vendor exempt from permitting.
Licensed Minneapolis restaurants and bars planning an event with a temporary expansion of license may need an Event Food Sponsor Permit and Short Term Food Permit. Fees will be waived for the permits if the restaurant or bar is the only food or beverage vendor at the event.
Looking for vendors? Find lists of approved food trucks and seasonal food vendors on the City’s Civic Events web page.
For more information visit the Minneapolis Civic Events webpage.
Applications and payments must be received at least two weeks before the first day of your event. Late fees apply to applications and payments received after the first day of your event. Applications received less than two business days before the event may not be approved or could be restricted. Applications received less than two business days before the first day of your event may not be approved or could be restricted. You can pay your food permit application fee by email, mail, secure fax, or in-person. Refer to the Civic Events webpage for details..
Green To Go
Food or beverages that will be eaten when served or served to-go must be in containers that meet Green To Go rules. The containers must be reuseable, recyclable, or compostable.
Polystyrene products are not allowed. This includes foam (Styrofoam™) and plastic #6 products. Caterers are exempt from Green To Go rules. Caterers are encouraged to use preferred plastics number 1, 2, and 5 and compostable containers.
- Find food safety information at www.minneapolismn.gov/foodsafety
- Minneapolis Food Vendor Guidelines (PEF) English, Spanish
- Food Vendor Checklist (PDF) English, Spanish
- Employee Illness Log (PEF) English, Spanish
- Preventing Food Borne Illnesses at Special Events (PDF) English, Spanish
- Employee (PDF) Illness Decision Guide and (PDF) Do Not Work card
- Norovirus information (PDF) English, Spanish
- Bed bug information (PDF) English, Spanish
- Online Food Handler Training for food workers and volunteers at events and festivals.
- How to donate leftover prepared, unserved food. (PDF) English, Spanish
Contact Minneapolis Environmental Health
If you have questions about food and beverages at events, call 311. (Outside Minneapolis call 612-673-3000). Ask to speak with a Health Inspector on the Food Permit Team or email [email protected].
Environmental Health Offices
250 S 4th Street, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-673-3000 or 311.
Additional Contact Information
View list of City of Minneapolis contacts
Last updated Jan 6, 2020