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Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance

In 2020, there are new rules for carryout bags in the city of Minneapolis. Here’s what you need to know to stay in compliance.


Carryout bags include single-use plastic, compostable, paper, and reusable bags. The ordinance does not apply to boxes.


Retailers must charge a minimum five cent fee per carryout bag. The fee is kept by the retailer and is not a tax. It can be put towards the cost of the bags, used for other expenses, or donated to charity.

Unless a transaction is specifically exempt (see the list at right) a retailer must charge the fee to customers, and can’t choose to absorb the cost. In general, non-profits are not exempt from the fee.


For the first five months the ordinance is in effect, the City will focus on education and support for businesses. Starting on June 1, 2020, the City will follow its standard enforcement process when a retailer is out of compliance. This could include administrative citations.


These types of bags are exempt:

These types of establishments are exempt:

These types of customers are exempt:

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Last updated Mar 16, 2020



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