Seasonal food permit

An annual permit for food and beverage vendors at farmers markets and public events.

About

A vendor with a seasonal food permit can take part in farmers markets and public events in Minneapolis.

Seasonal food vendors may:

  • Provide food intended for immediate consumption
  • Provide packaged food intended for off-site consumption
  • Resell produce

These vendors may be:

  • Wild harvesters, which are vendors who:
    • Sell products grown and harvested on land that is not owned or leased by the harvester
    • Are licensed according to Minnesota law or city ordinance.
  • Farm processors, which are vendors who:
    • Sell products that are grown, raised or harvested on land owned or leased by the farmer
    • Have products with added ingredients that are not grown, raised or harvested by them on their land
    • Are licensed according to Minnesota law or City ordinance

You must get a Seasonal Food Permit even if you have a:

  • Restaurant license
  • State retail or state mobile food license, such as a:
    • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Mobile Food Unit
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Retail Mobile Food Handler license

 

Photo credit: Meet Minneapolis

farmers market

Requirements

  • You may only sell or give away foods and beverages approved on the seasonal food permit application.
  • A maximum of two stands can operate under each permit per event.
  • A seasonal food permit is valid for one year, from April 1 through March 31.

Fee

The annual fee for a seasonal food permit is $240.

Payment options

We must receive applications and payments:

  • Two weeks prior to the event start date, or late fees will apply.
  • More than two business days prior to the event, or your event may not be approved or could be restricted.

Pay by mail: You can pay fees by check via mail. Make checks payable to: Minneapolis Finance

Pay in person: When paying in person, you can pay by check, cash or credit card.

Pay by email

Notes

  • You can pay fees by credit card.
  • Do not include your credit card number on the application. City staff will call you to get your payment information.

Becoming a vendor

To become a vendor:

  • At farmers markets, you need an invitation from the market manager.
  • At public events, you need an invitation from the event food sponsor. 

If you you want to become a vendor in a Minneapolis Farmers market, contact the market manager.

See Farmers Markets of Minneapolis

Additional information

Mechanical refrigeration

Seasonal food vendors must use mechanical refrigeration to keep Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) foods cold.

Storing TCS foods on ice is not allowed.

Food equipment must be accredited or certified by:

Handwashing

Lack of required handwashing stations will result in immediate closure.

Handwashing requirements:

Green To Go

Minneapolis has rules about containers for prepared food. Food and beverages that are meant to be eaten immediately off-site or taken to-go must be put in containers that are:

  • Reusable
  • Recyclable or
  • Compostable

You must dispose of containers properly: 

  • Recycle recyclable containers 
  • Compost compostable containers  

Resources

Find food safety resources from the Health Department

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

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Contact us

 

Minneapolis Health Department

Environmental Health Permit

 
 

Phone
612-673-2301

 

 
 

Address

Make payment in person at:

Public Service Building
Minneapolis Service Center
505 Fourth Ave. S., Skyway level
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Mail a payment to:

Minneapolis Environmental Health
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415

 
 

Minneapolis 311

 
 

Office hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday