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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:

Public events

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.)

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.

Payment options

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.

Helpful resources

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.

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Last updated Aug 6, 2019

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