Before you begin
Look at our information about:
- Sell coffee from a coffee maker, pastries in a display case, and candies in bulk containers if you have an NSF approved three compartment ware-washing sink with two drain boards and a hand washing sink.
- Sell pre-washed (by supplier), ready-to-eat, single-serving fruits and vegetables if you have a hand washing sink.
- Have a commercial-grade microwave oven or freezer.
- Have American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited certification for refrigeration.
- Follow State and City regulations:
- Record some employee illnesses:
You may not package or repackage food.
See City and State food safety resources:
Convenience stores in Minneapolis are required to be licensed. Get a convenience store license application from Minneapolis Business Licenses.
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.