Sidewalk cafe

Sidewalk cafes must be licensed by the City.

Definition

A sidewalk cafe is an outdoor area of a restaurant that serves food and drinks to customers.

  • Tables and chairs are on the city sidewalk.
  • You do not need a license for an outdoor private patio.
sidewalk cafe at a small business

Before you begin 

Look at our information about:  

Requirements

Sidewalk cafes 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:

Standards

We have all the information you need to design and build your sidewalk cafe.

See Sidewalk and street cafe standards

Application

Sidewalk cafes in Minneapolis must be licensed. Get a license application from Minneapolis Business Licenses.

See Sidewalk cafe license application

Fee

Find your license fee

Submit your application  

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services

If you have questions, contact:

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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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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