Before you begin
Look at our information about:
- Avoid selling individual meals or foods. Companies may use a licensed caterer to provide meals for employees, tenants, or guests.
- Use a vehicle which meets all the requirements when transporting food. You must have a vehicle inspection. See the fee for the vehicle inspection
- Keep the food service area restricted to only employees, tenants, and guests. It may not be open to the general public.
- Use approved food transport containers.
- Have temporary handwashing in the food service area.
- Record some employee illnesses:
You are responsible for food safety. This includes control of food from preparation to serving customers.
See City and State food safety resources:
Catering businesses in Minneapolis must be licensed. Get a license application from Minneapolis Business Licenses.
Businesses with a restaurant or an on-sale alcohol license in Minneapolis
If your business already has a restaurant or on-sale alcohol license from the City and you want to add catering, use the Caterer, Add a license application. You must have the same ownership and kitchen.
Submit your application
If you have questions, contact:
Food plan review
You must submit plans to:
- Open a new food or alcohol business, including:
- Food carts
- Food kiosks
- Food trucks
- Remodel or expand an existing food or alcohol business
- Replace food equipment that needs any of these permits for installation:
- Add ventless cooking equipment or ventless hoods
The City must approve your plans before you start any work.
Your food handling methods determine how often the City will inspect your business.
The information on this page should serve as a guideline only.