If you sell or give away food at a public event in Minneapolis, you need an Event Food Sponsor Permit.
At least two weeks before the first day of your event, turn in your:
- Event Food Sponsor Permit application
- Short Term Food Permit applications from your short term vendors
Public event definition
A public event is an event where members of the public can:
- Buy tickets to attend
- Attend for free
For help determining whether your event is public or private, contact the Health Department. Ask for a health inspector with the Food Permit Team.
Vendor permits and licenses
All vendors must have one of the following:
- Short Term Food Permit
- Seasonal Food Permit
- (food truck)
- (pre-packaged ice cream, candy, chips and soda)
- Cottage Food Producer registration - registered with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Products of the Farm vendor - exempt from permitting
Licensed Minneapolis restaurants and bars planning an event with a temporary expansion of license may need an Event Food Sponsor Permit and Short Term Food Permit . We will waive permit fees if the restaurant or bar is the only food or beverage vendor at the event.
Find a list of approved food trucks and seasonal food vendors:
Applications and payments must be received at least two weeks before the first day of your event. Late fees apply to applications and payments received after the first day of your event. Applications received less than two business days before the event may not be approved or could be restricted. Applications received less than two business days before the first day of your event may not be approved or could be restricted. You can pay your food permit application fee by email, mail, secure fax, or in-person. Refer to the for details.
Green To Go
Food or beverages that will be eaten when served or served to-go must be in containers that meet Green To Go rules. The containers must be re-useable, recyclable, or compostable.
Polystyrene products are not allowed. This includes foam (Styrofoam) and plastic #6 products. Caterers are exempt from Green To Go rules. We encourage caterers to use preferred plastics number 1, 2, and 5 and compostable containers.
- Find food safety information
- Minneapolis Food Vendor Guidelines English , Spanish
- Food Vendor Checklist English , Spanish
- Employee Illness Log English, Spanish
- Preventing Food Borne Illnesses at Special Events English , Spanish
- Employee Illness Decision Guide and Do Not Work card
- Norovirus information ,
- Bed bug information English , Spanish
- Online Food Handler Training for food workers and volunteers at events and festivals
- How to donate leftover prepared, unserved food.English , Spanish