In Minneapolis, a plan application must be reviewed and approved before you:
- Start a new food business
- Remodel or expand an existing food business
- Upgrade or replace food equipment at an existing business
If you need to ask specific questions about remodeling or equipment upgrades, contact 311. Ask for a health inspector on the plan review team.
We created a program to give consulting support to Minneapolis small and medium-sized businesses.
The Business Technical Assistance Program (B-Tap) helps businesses:
- Start or expand a business
- Pursue minority- or women-owned disadvantaged business certification
- With general business advice, including:
- Payroll withholding
- Business licenses
- Marketing strategy
- Learn about available loan options
Plan review process
Minneapolis Development Review uses ePlan (ProjectDox) to receive plans and send them to departments that review them, such as Environmental Health.
See the steps for beginning and submitting a food plan review:
ePlans (ProjectDox) - Electronic plan submission
- We require food businesses to be licensed.
- At least four weeks before opening, apply for your business license.
- Before a new business can open:
- Your license must be approved by Business Licensing
- You must pass the final plan review inspection by Environmental Health
Minneapolis Environmental Health will only conduct a site evaluation after you have submitted plans or a license application.
Site evaluations are done by appointment only.
Green To Go
The Minneapolis Green To Go ordinance requires food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to go must be placed in packaging that is reusable, recyclable or compostable. Recyclable materials must be recycled. Compostable plastics must be composted.
State construction guides
You may also want to look at Minnesota food establishment construction guides. However, do not follow their instructions for submitting applications if your business will be in Minneapolis.