Enforcement and ordinances

We investigate environmental health issues in many types of businesses. We verify businesses are meeting City and State rules and ordinances.

Minneapolis Environmental Health

  • Investigates environmental health issues in certain types of businesses
  • Verifies businesses meet City and State rules and ordinances

Businesses regulated by Environmental Health

  • Food
  • Liquor and beer
  • Public pools
  • Institutional, hotel, board and lodging
  • Seasonal and Short Term food permits
  • Tanning
  • Body art
  • Vermin infestation in licensed food businesses
  • Mobile food stores
  • Garbage and sanitation complaints in licensed food businesses
  • Laundry/Dry cleaning
  • Public Schools/The Nutrition Center


Environmental Health inspects more than 4,000 businesses a year, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Food manufacturers
  • Food distributors
  • Caterers
  • Meat markets
  • Grocers
  • Confectioneries

Read Minnesota Rule 4626: Food Code

Liquor and beer 

Environmental Health inspects food areas of businesses with on-sale liquor, off-sale liquor, wine and beer licenses.

Public pools

Environmental Health inspects public pools in schools, apartment buildings, parks, office buildings and private clubs.

Institutional, hotel, board and lodging

Environmental Health inspects institutional, hotel, board, and lodging businesses.

Read Minnesota Rule 4625: Lodging Establishments

Seasonal and short-term food permits

Environmental Health issues seasonal and short term permits for food and beverage vendors at both indoor and outdoor events. Environmental Health inspects farmers markets and seasonal and short term food vendors.


Environmental Health inspects tanning businesses.

Body art

Environmental Health inspects body art businesses.

Vermin infestation

Environmental Health inspects vermin infestations in licensed food businesses to ensure food and beverages are not contaminated.

Mobile food stores


Environmental Health investigates garbage and sanitation complaints in licensed food businesses.

Laundry and dry cleaning

Environmental Health inspects laundry and dry cleaning businesses and pickup stations.

Public school nutrition centers

Environmental Health inspects and provides consultation to Minneapolis Public Schools on food safety. For more information about the Nutrition Center call 612-668-2820.

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Environmental Health

Health Department




Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave S, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415