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Business Licenses & Consumer Services
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Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2080
Fax: (612) 673-3399

FOOD TRUCKS

Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor License (Food truck):  A license is required for a food establishment preparing and/or serving foods from a self-contained vehicle, either motorized or within a trailer, on private property or curbside on public streets.  The vehicle must be readily movable, without disassembling, for transport. Vehicles may not be kept, stored, or maintained on a residentially zoned property.

 

Street locations are available to all licensed vendors daily on a first-come first-served basis. There may be up to three vendors in parking lots located outside of downtown. No additional license/permit is required to operate at an event (farmers market, special event) but written permission must be obtained from the event organizer who is required to submit to city’s health department for approval. 

 

REQUIREMENTS

1.      Must display current license decal on vehicle and carry license certificate in vehicle.

2.      Must display obstruction permit if parked in approved bus lane location.

3.      May utilize up to two parking spaces.  Must pay parking meter(s).

4.      Must obey all traffic laws, including specially posted parking regulations, for example, “No parking 7:00 AM-9:00 AM.”        

5.      Must utilize a licensed commercial kitchen in the City of Minneapolis.

 

PROHIBITED ACTS

1.      Operating within 100 feet of a restaurant or sidewalk café on the same block face.

2.      Operating within 500 feet of an entrance to a regional sports facility (Target Field, Target Center, US Bank Stadium.

3.      Operating within 500 feet of a block event, community festival, fair, etc., unless written permission is granted from the Event Organizer. 

4.      Operating within 200 feet of Park Board property without a Park Board permit.

5.      Operating outside of legal operating hours:  (6:00 a.m. - Midnight or 7:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. if located within 300 ft of a residential building.

6.      Parking within 20’ of a crosswalk at an intersection or 30’of traffic signs and signals, etc. per MN Statute 169.34.

7.      Blocking sidewalks (customers, signs, etc.)

8.      Reserving or blocking a parking space for a mobile food vehicle. 

9.      Sound emanating from vehicle from radio, television, speakers, etc. 

10.  Signage, seating or equipment is not contained within the vehicle. 

11.  Failing to obey the direction of an authorized city official. 

12.  Operating outside of authorized Zoning district (in a residential area, etc.)

 

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking. 

 

Fees are available in the License Fee Schedule on our website. 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

amy.lingo@minneapolismn.gov  – 612-673-2565

 

Last updated Aug 7, 2017

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