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Civic Events

Minneapolis is host to hundreds of public events each year ranging from very small to very large, both indoors and outdoors.

What is a public event?
Most events are public events, including ticketed events. If general members of the public can purchase tickets or attend for free, the event is public. Private events are those that only a pre-defined group of people are invited to or can attend. Examples include family reunions, club or team celebrations and employee appreciation dinners.

If you are organizing a public event where food or beverages will be sold or given away in the City of Minneapolis, you will need an Event Food Sponsor Permit. This includes sampling (marketing) of food and/or beverage products. Selling or giving away food or beverages without a permit will result in closure and a fine. Private events do not require food permits.

If you need help determining if your event is public or private contact Minneapolis 311 (612-673-3000) and ask for a Health Inspector with the events permit team.

Is a Seasonal Food Permit right for you? 

A Seasonal Food Permit may be right for you if you are a food or beverage vendor planning to participate in farmers markets or in three (3) or more public events in Minneapolis from April 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019. 

Apply now or apply at least TWO (2) WEEKS before your event or farmers market. 

The Seasonal Food Permit application has been updated to make the application easier to understand and to complete. 

Food trucks licensed by the City of Minneapolis do NOT require a Seasonal Food Permit. 

Questions? Contact 311 (612-673-3000 outside Minneapolis) and ask to speak with a health inspector on the food permit team.

Sponsoring a Public Event

Event Food Sponsors
During summer months large volumes of events require approval. Event Food Sponsors are encouraged to turn in all applications and fees as early as possible to ensure plenty of time for review and approval.

Event Food Sponsors must complete all sections of the Event Food Sponsor Permit application and list all vendors taking part. As the Event Food Sponsor, you may also provide food or beverage. Simply fill out your own Short Term Food Permit application and list your organization or business name used on that permit in the FREE vendor line of the Event Food Sponsor Permit application.

The Event Food Sponsor must submit the following applications and fees to Minneapolis Environmental Health at least 2 weeks before the event:

Event Food Sponsors are responsible for giving information about the Minneapolis Green To Go rules (the Environmentally Friendly Packaging ordinance) to event food vendors. Visit Green to Go for information and flyers.

Licensed Minneapolis restaurants and bars with a Temporary Expansion of Liquor License for an event may require an Event Food Sponsor Permit and vendor permits. For these events, fees will be waived for the Event Food Sponsor Permit and Short Term Food Permit if the restaurant or bar is the only food or beverage vendor.

Are there any events that are exempt and do not need food permits?

Yes, Minnesota exempts several food events or food vendors from licensing or permitting requirements. The exemptions are very specific. It is the responsibility of the individual(s) using any of the following exemptions to make sure they meet the qualifications listed in the State exemption and follow through on all requirements.

Possible permitting exemptions include:

View the full list of exemptions provided by the Minnesota Revisor of Statues Office.

Selling or giving away food at a public event

Food and Beverage vendors

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

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.

Exceptions for Food Vendors
Food vendors with the one of following licenses or permits do not require a Short Term Food Permit. Simply give your permit or registration number, or license information, to your Event Food Sponsor at least 2 weeks before the event:

Fees

Applications must be received at least two weeks before your event begins.
Your application is late if it is received less than two weeks before your event begins.

Event Food Sponsor Permit

Short Term Food Permit

Seasonal Food Permit

Payment Options

Applications and payments must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the event start date or late fees apply. Applications received less than two business days prior to the event may not be approved or could be restricted.

Pay by mail
Fees can be paid by check. Make checks payable to: Minneapolis Finance
Minneapolis Environmental Health
250 South 4th Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
 

Pay in person
Fees can be paid by check, cash, or credit card
Minneapolis Environmental Health
250 South 4th Street, Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Free parking located behind the building. Enter lot from South 3rd St. between 3rd Ave S. and 2nd Ave S.
 

Pay by secure fax
Fees can be paid by credit card
612-673-2635
Attention: Submit Food Permits
Include: Credit Card Number, Expiration Date, CVV Code (located on back of card), Billing Zip Code
 

Pay by email
Fees paid by credit card. City staff will contact you by telephone to obtain payment information.
Email to [email protected].
Do not include credit card number on the application.
 

Food vendor materials 

Visit the City's website for more food safety resources.

Green To Go

Green To Go
The City of Minneapolis Green To Go ordinance requires food prepared for immediate consumption and to-go must be put in reuseable, recyclable or compostable food containers. Preferred recyclable plastics are plastics number 1, 2 and 5. Polystyrene products may not be used.

Visit the City's Green to Go webpage to learn about exemptions to the ordinance and other information.

Although caterers are exempt from this ordinance, caterers are encouraged to use preferred plastics number 1, 2, and 5 for serving and take-out containers.

Vendor lists

The Mobile Food (food trucks) Vendor list and the Seasonal Food Vendor list are intended to help event food sponsors and market managers looking for vendors for an event or market. The City of Minneapolis does not endorse any company.

If you have a questions about either list, contact the Health Department at 612-673-2301 or [email protected].  Ask to speak with a health inspector on the food permit team.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Visit the event sponsors and vendors FAQ page for more information.

Contacts

Health Inspectors
To contact a health inspector, call 311 (outside Minneapolis call 612-673-3000) or email [email protected] and ask to speak with a health inspector on the events team. 


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Last updated Jun 1, 2018

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