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Food and Beverages

If you are organizing a public event where food or beverages will be sold or given away in the City of Minneapolis, you will need an Event Food Sponsor Permit.  The Event Food Sponsor Permit is the umbrella food permit required for these events.  The Event Food Sponsor Permit application and any associated Short Term Food Permit applications must be turned in together by the Event Food Sponsor at least 10 business days before the start of the event.

What is a public event? An event that members of the public can purchase tickets or attend for free. If you need help determining if your event is public or private, contact 311 (612-673-3000) and ask for a Health Inspector with the Food Permit Team or email [email protected].

Prior to operating, vendors at public events must have one of the following: 
1. Short Term Food Permit ($87 per event. Vendors working at three or fewer events should get a Short Term permit for each event through the Event Food Sponsor.)
2. Seasonal Food Permit ($232 per year. Vendors may work at an unlimited number of events. Seasonal Food Permit holders must meet stricter equipment requirements.)
3. Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor License (Food truck)
4. Minneapolis Limited Mobile Food License (Pre-packaged ice cream, candy, chips, and soda.)
5. Exempt vendors: Cottage Food and Product of the Farm. See the Event Food Sponsor Permit page 2, Section C.

For more information visit the Minneapolis Civic Events webpage or contact Minneapolis 311 by email at [email protected] or call 311 within Minneapolis, (612) 673-3000 outside Minneapolis. 

Licensed Minneapolis restaurants and bars with a Temporary Expansion of License for an event may require an Event Food Sponsor Permit and vendor permits.  For these events, fees will be waived for the Event Food Sponsor Permit and Short Term Food Permits if the restaurant or bar is the only food or beverage vendor.

Find lists of approved Food Truck Vendors and Seasonal Food Permit Vendors on the City of Minneapolis' website.  

Green To Go: The City of Minneapolis has banned the use of foam (Styrofoam™) products for food served for immediate consumption.  Although Caterers are exemption from this prohibition, caterers are encouraged to use preferred plastics number 1, 2, and 5 for serving or take-out containers. 

Payment Options:
Applications and payments must be received at least 10 business days prior to the event start date or late fees apply.  Applications received less than two business days prior to the event may not be approved or could be restricted. 
1. Mail:  Fees pay by check(s) are payable to Minneapolis Finance
    Minneapolis Environmental Health
    250 South 4th Street, Room 510
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
2. In Person:  Fees can be paid by check, cash, or credit card
    Minneapolis Environmental Health
    250 South 4th Street, Room 300
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    Free parking located behind the building.  Enter lot from South 3rd St. between 3rd Ave S. and 2nd Ave S.
3. Email:  Fees paid by credit card.  City staff will contact you by telephone to obtain payment information. 
    Email to [email protected]. Do not include credit card number on the application.  

Helpful Links:
Minneapolis Food Vendor Guidelines - English, Spanish
Preventing Food Borne Illnesses at Special Events - English, Spanish
Minneapolis Event Food Booth Self Inspection Checklist
Employee Illness Log - English, Spanish
Employee Illness Decision Guide and Do Not Work card from the Minnesota Department of Health. 
Norovirus information
Bed bug information - English, Spanish 
Food Safety Information
Online Food Safety Course Food Handler Training for Special Events and Festivals
Food Donations: Information about donating leftover prepared, unserved food to relief organizations.  English, Spanish
For Bloomington, Minnesota events serving food contact:  [email protected] or 952-563-8934.
For St Paul, Minnesota events serving food contact: [email protected] or 651-201-4500.
Visit for more information on food safety and other topics. 

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 Feb 26, 2019



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