Food truck

You must have a license for a truck or trailer used to prepare or serve food.

Definition

A food truck prepares or sells food, or both, from a motorized vehicle or trailer.

person ordering food from food truck

Before you begin 

Look at our information about How to open a business

Requirements

Food trucks must:

Food safety

You are responsible for food safety. This includes control of food from preparation to serving customers.

See City and State food safety resources:

Street locations

You may need to submit the following with your application:

See the map of approved street locations

Application

Food trucks in Minneapolis are required to be licensed. Get a license application from Minneapolis Business Licenses.

See Food truck application

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 apply for a food truck license, use the Food truck, add a license application. You must have the same ownership and kitchen.

See Food truck, add a license application

Fee

Find your license fee

Submit your application  

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services

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:
    • Gas
    • Mechanical
    • Plumbing  
  • Add ventless cooking equipment or ventless hoods  

The City must approve your plans before you start any work.   

See Food plan review

Download food truck plan review form

Green To Go

Minneapolis has rules about containers for prepared food

Food and beverages prepared to be:

  • Eaten immediately off-site or
  • Taken to-go

Must be in containers that are:  

  • Reusable 
  • Recyclable or
  • Compostable

Read more about required containers

Read City code rules

More information

Complaints

Report a complaint about a food or restaurant business

Inspection

Your food handling methods determine how often the City will inspect your business.

Disclaimer 

The information on this page should serve as a guideline only.

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Contact us

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-2080

Fax

612-673-3399

Address

Public Service Building 
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415

 

Minneapolis 311

 
 

Office hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Food Plan Review Team

Mohamed Yusuf

Jim Donovan

Janna Beard

Phone

Mohamed Yusuf
612-673-2612

Jim Donovan
612-673-2795

Janna Beard
612-673-3529

 

Address

Public Service Building

505 Fourth Ave. S. 

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Environmental Health

Health Department

Phone

612-673-3000

Address

Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave S, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Max Cervantes

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-2564

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415