Health Department

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

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Food Plan Review Requirements

If you plan to start a new business or want to remodel, alter, expand or upgrade an existing business in the City of Minneapolis, there are certain guidelines that need to be followed. You will need to contact Minneapolis Development Review and talk to a Development Review Coordinator about your plans. These are experienced City employees that can answer any questions you might have and provide 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 small and medium sized businesses located in Minneapolis. 

Watch helpful B-Tap videos and visit the B-Tap webpage.

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B-Tap offers help on: starting or expanding a business, pursing Minority- or Women- Owned Disadvantaged Business, general business advice (such as payroll withholding, business licenses, marketing strategy), and loan option availability.

For more information contact Daniel Bonilla at 612-673-5253 or [email protected]

Plan Review

In order for your plans to be reviewed, you must submit a completed Plan Review Application and 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 also be downloaded and printed by clicking on the following links: (NOTE: These documents require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view them.)


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Turn-Around Time

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.

Site Evaluation

Minneapolis Environmental Health will only conduct a site evaluation after plans and/or a licensed application have been submitted. The request will be done by appointment only.

Green To Go

The Minneapolis Green To Go ordinance bans the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam TM). The 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 for more information. 

Permission to Open

The Food, Lodging & Pools Program does not grant final permission to open. Permission is given by Minneapolis Business Licensing. Contact Business Licensing at 612-673-2080.


At least four (4) weeks prior to opening, apply for proper type of license Minneapolis Business Licensing in Room 1, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street. The license application must be approved and final inspections must be conducted prior to opening for business.

Minnesota Food Establishment Construction Guide

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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. 

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500


Last updated Dec 6, 2017



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