Short term food permit

A one-time permit for food and beverage vendors at public events.

Free event food safety training

Seasonal and short-term vendors can learn about food safety for Minneapolis events. The training is free and takes about 30 minutes to complete.


A Short Term Food Permit may be required to sell or give away food or beverage to the public, even if you have a licensed restaurant or other licensed food business.

Short term food permit vendors:

  • Are invited to participate in an event by an event food sponsor
  • Sell or give away food or beverage at a public event
  • May only sell or give away foods and/or beverages which have been approved on their Short Term food permit application.

Short term food vendors typically:

  • Provide food, beverages, or both intended for immediate consumption
  • Provide packaged food intended for off-site consumption
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If you have one of the following licenses or permits, you do not need a Short Term Food Permit.

At least two weeks before the event, give the event food sponsor your: 

  • Permit or registration number
  • Minneapolis food truck license


Complete all sections of the Short Term Food Permit application.

Give your application to the Event Food Sponsor at least two weeks before the event.

Short term food vendor permit application

Short Term Food Permit Application Spanish


Fees for a Short Term Food Permit:

  • $95 for each public event in the City of Minneapolis
  • $47.50 for public events at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Fees are doubled for late applications. Your application is late if it is received less than two weeks before your event begins.


Give your payment to your event food sponsor. Your event food sponsor will submit all Short Term Food Permit application fees along with their event food sponsor application.

Your event food sponsor may ask you to:

  • Pay them directly, or
  • Give them a check made out to Minneapolis Finance

Becoming a vendor

An event food sponsor must invite short term food vendors to participate in a public event. 

Additional information


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:

  • Reusable
  • Recyclable or
  • Compostable

You must dispose of containers properly: 

  • Recycle recyclable containers 
  • Compost compostable containers 


Find food safety resources from the Health Department

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Contact us


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


Minneapolis 311


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