Seasonal food permit
- You may only sell or give away foods and beverages approved on the seasonal food permit application.
- At each event, you may operate a maximum of two stands per permit.
- A seasonal food permit is valid for one year, from April 1 through March 31.
You can submit a permit application in two ways:
You can submit your application using DocuSign, which is our preferred method. It is all online and allows you to safely provide your credit card information.
You can submit your application as a PDF using email, mail or in person. Follow the payment instructions on page 6 of the application.
The annual fee for a seasonal food permit is $245.
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 phone: You can pay fees by credit card. 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.
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:
- The National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL)
- Underwriter Laboratories (UL)
Lack of required handwashing stations will result in immediate closure.
Checklists and guidelines
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:
- Recyclable or
You must dispose of containers properly:
- Recycle recyclable containers
- Compost compostable containers
Minneapolis Health Department
Environmental Health Permit
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