Street cafes

Apply for a street cafe license.


A street cafe is a platform on the road with tables and chairs. 

Street cafes:

  • Provide extra seating at a restaurant
  • Can be an extension of a sidewalk cafe

Before you begin 

Look at our information about:  

You must also find out if your space is eligible for a street cafe.

Fill out the Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist 


Street 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:


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

See Sidewalk and street cafe standards


Street cafes in Minneapolis must be licensed. 

See Street Cafe Application


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


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.

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