Ice cream truck

You must have a license to sell ice cream trucks and other snacks from a truck.

Definition

You need a license to sell prepackaged food from a truck parked curbside on a street.

You can sell items such as:

  • Ice cream
  • Soda pop
  • Candy
  • Potato chips
hand holding bowl of ice cream

Before you begin 

Look at our information about:  

Requirements

Unless you have a temporary food permit, you may not operate an ice cream truck within 2,000 feet of any:

  • City, county or state fair
  • Carnival
  • Circus
  • Festival
  • Public event

See Temporary food permit

Ice cream 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:

Application

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

See Ice cream truck 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

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

 

Minneapolis 311

 
 

Office hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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

Environmental Health

Health Department

Phone

612-673-3000

Address

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

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