Market licenses

You need a license to open and operate a farmers market or other public market in Minneapolis.


Minneapolis has three types of market licenses: 

  • Farmers markets
  • Mini markets
  • Produce and craft markets 


Markets must:

Food safety

See City and State food safety resources:


Farmers markets and other public markets in Minneapolis must be licensed. Get a license application from Minneapolis Business Licenses.

See Farmers Market Application


Find your license fee

Submit your application  

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services

If you have questions, contact:

Market plan review

You need to submit a plan of your market layout to Environmental Health for review.

Your layout needs to show the market location and the placement of:

  • Vendors
  • Electric 
  • Water
  • Bathrooms

Contact Environmental Health for details. 

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


Report a complaint about a food or restaurant business


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


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

Seasonal food vendor permit

Most vendors need a permit to sell or give away food and drinks at markets.

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

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






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

Environmental Health

Minneapolis Health Department




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

Minneapolis 311


Office hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday