Food plan review

The City must approve your plan to start, remodel or expand a food business.

What to know

In Minneapolis, you must submit a food plan application to the City. Your plan must be submitted, reviewed, and approved before you: 

  • Start a new food business, including:
    • Food carts
    • Food kiosks
    • Food trucks
  • Remodel or expand an existing food business
  • Replace food equipment that requires any of these permit:
    • Gas
    • Mechanical
    • Plumbing
  • Add ventless cooking equipment or ventless hoods 

If you have questions about remodeling or equipment upgrades, contact 311. Ask for a health inspector on the Food Plan Review team. 

Contact 311

chef preparing food

Plans and documents

Minneapolis Development Review uses ePlan (ProjectDox) to:

  • Receive your plans and documents
  • Send your plans and documents to City departments that review them, such as Environmental Health

After MDR receives your application, they will send you a:

  • Link to the ProjectDox website
  • Temporary password

See the steps to begin and submit your plans and documents:

Visit ePlans (ProjectDox) - Electronic plan submission

Required documents

After you create your ProjectDox sign in, you need to upload the following documents:

Floor plan

Your floor plan should include:

  • A detailed and scaled floor plan of your kitchen and facility or vehicle
  • The location of all equipment and finishes for:
    • Walls
    • Ceilings
    • Floors
    • Base coves


Equipment list and specification sheets for all of your equipment. All equipment must be ANSI/NSF certified or equivalent. 


Menu or a list of food items you plan to serve or sell or both. Based on your menu, you may need a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.


Contact 311 if you have questions about:

  • Remodeling
  • Equipment upgrades

Ask for a health inspector on the plan review team.

Contact 311

Site evaluation

Environmental Health will do your site evaluation after you submit plans or a license application.

We do site evaluations by appointment only.

Technical help for businesses

We have free classes and consulting services for small and mid-sized businesses in the city: 

  • Start or expand a business
  • Pursue minority- or women-owned disadvantaged business certification
  • With general business advice, including:
    • Payroll withholding
    • Business licenses
    • Marketing strategy 
  • Learn about available loan options 

Find a list of small business technical assistance consultants

Business license

  • Food businesses need a license
  • Apply for your business license at least four weeks before opening

See business licenses

Before you can open a new business:

  • Business Licensing must approve your license 
  • You must pass the final plan review inspection by Environmental Health 

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Contact us

Food Plan Review Team

Mohamed Yusuf

Jim Donovan

Janna Beard


Mohamed Yusuf

Jim Donovan

Janna Beard



Public Service Building

505 Fourth Ave. S. 

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Health Department




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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


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505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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