Community Planning & Economic Development

Business Licenses & Consumer Services
350 S. 5th Street, Room 1
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2080
Fax: (612) 673-3399

City of Minneapolis

Temporary Licenses and Permits Guide for Special Events

Introduction

Welcome to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This guide is intended to provide business owners and permit seekers with the information you need to make your experience with our licensing and permit regulations simple and efficient.  Included are the requirements, instructions, application forms, and contact information needed to secure approval for your events and structures.

Because of the additional approvals related to hosting a large event, we encourage you to submit your applications well in advance of your targeted dates to ensure timely approval.  Incomplete applications and applications submitted without enough time for required reviews will not be processed and returned to the applicant.

Although this packet attempts to answer all questions, if additional information is needed, feel free to contact individuals listed throughout these pages.  A list of contacts can be found at the end of this packet or contact Minneapolis 311 at minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov or call 311 within Minneapolis, (612) 673-3000 outside Minneapolis.  Finally, utilize our website for additional resources, definitions, forms, and maps at www.minneapolismn.gov.

Finally, please note that the information included in this packet is provided for informational purposes and may be subject to change.
Thank you for doing business in the City of Minneapolis.

License/Permit Types

Alcohol
Bleachers
Block Events
Bonfires / Open Flame Devices
Building Permits - Temporary Structures
Canopy
Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Permits
Fireworks (Indoor and Outdoor)
Food and Beverages
Food Trucks
Merchandise Sales
Noise
Off Duty Police
Parades
Propane
Races
Signs, Banners, Building Wraps
Stage Permits
Street Use Permits
Tent/Canopy/Temporary Membrane Structures

Contact List

Alcohol

Temporary Expansion of License: On-Sale Liquor, Wine or Beer establishments may use unlicensed portions of their premises (indoor or outdoor), provide additional entertainment, or remain open later than authorized hours.

License holders of On-Sale Liquor, Wine, or 3.2 Beer establishments may apply for a Temporary Expansion of License which includes:
1. Entertainment not otherwise allowed under the establishment’s permanent license, and/or
2. Premises directly adjacent and contiguous to their permanently licensed premises, and/or
3. Late Hours Entertainment after 2 am, indoor only, for businesses located in the Downtown Improvement District (DID).  Alcohol may not be served, or consumed during the late hours.
Entertainment:  Individual establishments may be granted licenses for up to 12 days in any twelve month period.  Licenses are valid for up to two (2) consecutive days.

Premises: Individual establishments may be granted licenses for up to 12 days in any twelve month period.  Licenses are valid for up to two (2) consecutive days.  If food is prepared or plated, to sell or give away, or if drinks are garnished or poured on ice (other than tap or bottle service), in your expanded space, an Event Food Sponsor Permit and Short Term Food Permit(s) are required.   The fee is waived if your establishment is the only vendor.  If you are limited to bottle or tap service (no ice or garnish on drinks) and no food will be prepared or plated in the expanded area, you do not need any food permits.

Late Hours Entertainment:  Individual establishments may be granted a maximum of three (3) licenses in any twelve month period.  Licenses are valid for up to two (2) consecutive days.

If an application is submitted less than 30 days before the event or without sufficient time to review and secure required approvals, additional fees will be charged or the application may not be accepted.   Additional licenses may be granted for special events.  Contact your License Inspector.

Temporary Liquor, Temporary Wine, Temporary Beer Permits: Charitable, religious, non-profit or political organizations, brewers manufacturing less than 3,500 barrels of malt liquor in a year, or clubs defined by MCO 360.10 are eligible for Temporary Liquor, Wine or Beer Permits for the sale or consumption of intoxicating liquors, wine, or beer.  Contact the Licenses Division at 612-673-2080.

Minnesota Statute 340A.404 authorizes this license only to a charitable, religious, or non-profit corporation in existence for three years; a political committee registered under MN Statutes Sec. 10A.14; a brewer who manufacturers less than 3,500 barrels of malt liquor in a year; or a club as defined by MCO 360.10. Minimum distance requirements from schools or churches (300 feet) do not apply to this license as defined in MCO 360.125(3).

Temporary licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages shall not be granted for more than three 4-day events, four 3-day events, six 2-day events, twelve 1-day events, or any combination which exceeds twelve (12) days per calendar year or more than once within any 30 day period to any one organization or location.

Wine Tasting Events, as defined by Minnesota Statute 340A.418, are limited to four (4) hours or less.

If an application is submitted less than thirty (30) days prior to an event or without sufficient time for staff to review and verify required approvals, the application may not be accepted. An additional fee may apply.

Additional fees may also apply for live and/or outdoor entertainment. A License Inspector will determine this.

Submit applications to the Business Licenses Office at 350 S. 5th Street, Room 1, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Contact Business Licenses

For more information, email michele.harvet@minneapolismn.gov or call her at 612-673-2593 for Business Licenses related information.

Business Licenses Office
350 S. 5th Street, Room 1
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-673-3000 or 311.
Additional contact information
View list of City of Minneapolis contacts

Additional contact information

View list of City of Minneapolis contacts
 

Bleachers
A building permit is required for bleachers when the following conditions occur: In places of public accommodation using bleacher seating, all bleachers or bleacher open spaces over 55 inches above grade or the floor below, and all bleacher guardrails if any part of the guardrail is over 30 inches above grade or the floor below, must comply with the Minnesota State Building Code in effect and the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 326B.112.

Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking.

Fees: Please refer to the Directors Fee Schedule available on our website.

Contact List
allan.olson@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673- 5880
kenneth.staloch@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5253
dan.callahan@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5832
patrick.higgins@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5821

Block Events
Block Event: A temporary gathering of people held on a blockaded portion of a public street or alley for artistic, cultural or social purposes.  A permit is required.

The applicant is responsible for obtaining all required temporary permits prior to the event:
1.  Dates of erection, occupancy and breakdown will be clearly stated.
2.  Utility hook-ups shall be approved prior to the event.
3.  The applicant shall comply with all City, State and Federal directives and requirements.
4.  Upon conclusion of the event, the area of the event shall be cleaned and returned to its prior condition.

Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Submit applications to the Business Licenses Office at 350 S. 5th Street, Room 1, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Contact List
philip.schliesman@minneapolismn.gov -  612-673-3907

Bonfires
A bonfire is a large but controlled outdoor fire, intended as part of a celebration. A Special Event permit is required.
Open flames or candles indoors require an Operational Permit from the Fire Inspections Division.
Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.
Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking.
Contact List
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov – 612-201-2624
brad.schmoll@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3273
paul.meyers@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3772

Building Permits – Temporary Structures
A building permit is required for an owner of a property or licensed contractor to construct any new temporary or permanent structure. Any new business wishing to occupy a new or existing space, and prior to starting construction, you will be required to submit plans that are stamped by a Minnesota licensed architect and obtain all necessary permits before the granting of a business license. Plans will be reviewed for code compliance and issuance. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other departments. A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified by all agencies.

Required documents for a building permit:
1.  Building Permit Application.  Estimate your fees with our Fee Calculation Worksheet.
2. Plot plan showing boundaries of the property, dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location of all off-street parking spaces.
3.  Three sets of complete plans, with stamps and signatures by a Minnesota registered architect.
4.  For signs, three sets of complete plans prepared by a licensed sign company.
5. If a foundation will be poured, plans detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, stamped and signed by a Minnesota registered architect.
6.  Proposed use of the structure stated on the title sheet of the plans.
7.  Number of floors or levels in the structure.
8.  Contractor's license if the permit is issued to a contractor.
9.  Electrical, mechanical, plumbing or fire special event permits may also be required.

Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking.

Fees: Please refer to the Directors Fee Schedule available on our website.

Design Criteria

Code Reference
1. 2015 Minnesota State Building Code
2. ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Building and Structures
 3.   AISC, Manual of Steel Construction 14th Edition, 2010
 4.   Aluminum Association, 2010 Aluminum Design Manual
 5.   ICC/ANSI 300-2012 Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands
 6.    2015 Minnesota Chapter 1341, Accessibility for Buildings and Facilities
 7.    Minnesota Electrical Code - 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)

Live Load (Current Minnesota Building Code Section 1607 and Table 1607.1 (unless Notice Otherwise)
Office Live Load: 50 PSF
Stage Floor Live Load: 50 PSF Vertical and Horizontal 200 lbs any direction
Handrails or Stair: 100 PSF or 300 lbs center span on thread
Snow Load: Minnesota Building Code 1303.1700
Ground Snow Load: Minnesota Building Code 1608
Basic Wind Speed: Minnesota Building Code 1609.3 and 1303.2200
Risk Category: Determine per Minnesota Building Code Figure 1609AB
Basic Wind Speed: 115 mph for Risk Category II; 120 mph for Risk Category III
Wind Exposure: Minnesota Building Code 1609.4

Special Note:
Check with the City Planning Department to see if your project is located within an historic district or will require a Planning Department review. If plan review is required, an approval must be obtained before applying for building permits.

Contact List
Plan Review/Permit Process
brad.carter@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-2877

Building Plan Review
scott.anderson@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5791
dan.callahan@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5832

Building Inspections
kenneth.staloch@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5253
allan.olson@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673- 5880

Gas/Plumbing Inspections
tim.daugherty@minneapolismn.gov 612-685-8522

HVAC/Mechanical Inspections
les.blackwell@minneapolismn.gov – 612-685-8388
Mechanical Plan Review
tom.cossette@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5848

Mechanical Inspections
les.blackwell@minneapolismn.gov – 612-685-8388

Plumbing Inspections
scott.eggen@minneapolismn.gov – 612-685-8511

Plumbing Plan Review
steve.goemer@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-2281

Special Event Permit issued by Fire Inspections Services Division
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov – 612-201-2624

Canopy
See Tent/Canopy/Temporary Membrane Structure section toward the end of this guide. A Special Event Permit is required.

Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking.
Contact List 
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov – 612-201-2624
brad.schmoll@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3273
paul.meyers@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3772

Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Permits
Electrical Permit:  Required from the State of Minnesota if you plan to install, repair, replace or alter any electrical apparatus or equipment except for the replacement of light bulbs and fuses. This includes temporary power poles, generators, and lighting.

For gas generators, a separate permit may be required from the Minneapolis Fire Inspections Division.  In some cases a building permit is required for the anchorage of power equipment.

Electrical permits will be reviewed and inspected for compliance with the Minnesota Electrical Code and Minnesota State Fire Code with attention toward cables and power supply to ensure that they are located in an area without traffic or are covered with appropriate casing or ramps. Where power is obtained from an existing power source, the power supply from that source may require permit to ensure that it is appropriately protected.

Mechanical Permit: Required if you plan to install, repair, replace or alter any mechanical or gas-fueled apparatus or equipment such as air conditioning systems, heaters and furnaces and/or ventilation for equipment installation.

Plumbing Permit: Required if you plan to install, repair, replace or alter any water lines, waste lines, and gas piping.

Related permits:
Building Permit: Required for an owner of a property or licensed contractor to construct any new temporary or permanent structure.

Special Event Permit: Required for events involving a bonfire, fireworks, LP (Propane), liquid or gas filled vehicle or open flames/candles in assembly, temporary assembly, and/or tents/other membrane structure.

Fees: Please refer to the Director’s Fee Schedule available on our website.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking.

Special Notes
To ensure public safety through compliance with the Minneapolis construction codes and other related state and city regulations, only a licensed contractor, holding the appropriate license classifications and a current business license with the City of Minneapolis may apply for a mechanical or plumbing permit.

Contact List
Plan Review/Permit Process 
brad.carter@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-2877

Building Plan Review
scott.anderson@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5791
dan.callahan@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5832

Building Inspections
kenneth.staloch@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5253
allan.olson@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673- 5880

Gas/Plumbing Inspections
tim.daugherty@minneapolismn.gov 612-685-8522

HVAC/Mechanical Inspections
les.blackwell@minneapolismn.gov – 612-685-8388

Mechanical Plan Review
tom.cossette@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5848

Plumbing Inspections
scott.eggen@minneapolismn.gov – 612-685-8511

Plumbing Plan Review
steve.goemer@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-2281

Special Event Permit issued by Fire Inspections Services Division
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov – 612-201-2624

Fireworks
Fireworks are devices containing gunpowder and other combustible chemicals that cause a spectacular explosion when ignited, used typically for display or in celebrations. A permit is required for indoor, outdoor, and fireworks sales.  A fire watch may be required for indoor or outdoor fireworks displays.

Permit Requirements:
1. Pyrotechnics are regulated by the Minnesota State Fire Code, State Statue, Federal and DOT mandates and require documentation submitted to Fire Inspection Services five (5) business days prior to approving and issuing permits. 
2. Detailed site plans identifying proximate audience and fallout areas; special inspections of display site and equipment including quantities, storage of fireworks explosives, ready boxes, and post display; and a peer review of shooters/operators from the State of Minnesota, Federal and DOT License Divisions to perform indoor and outdoor displays.  Operations must be approved by Fire Inspection Services-Special Inspections prior to issuing permits.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking.

Contact List
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov – 612-201-2624
brad.schmoll@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3273
paul.meyers@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3772

Food and Beverages
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.  The Event Food Sponsor Permit is the umbrella food permit required for these events.  The Event Food Sponsor Permit application and any associated Short Term Food Permit applications must be turned in together by the Event Food Sponsor at least 10 business days before the start of the event.

What is a public event? An event that members of the public can purchase tickets or attend for free. If you need help determining if your event is public or private contact 311 (612-673-3000) and ask for a Health Inspector with the food permit team.

Prior to operating, vendors at public events must have one of the following: 
1. Short Term Food Permit ($87 per event. Vendors working at three or fewer events should get a Short Term permit for each event through the Event Food Sponsor.)
2. Seasonal Food Permit ($232 per year. Vendors may work at an unlimited number of events. Seasonal Food Permit holders must meet stricter equipment requirements.)
3. Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor License (Food truck)
4. Minneapolis Limited Mobile Food License (Pre-packaged ice cream, candy, chips, and soda.)
5. Exempt vendors: Cottage Food and Product of the Farm. See the Event Food Sponsor Permit page 2, Section C.
For more information visit the Minneapolis Civic Events webpage or contact Minneapolis 311 by email at minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov or call 311 within Minneapolis, (612) 673-3000 outside Minneapolis. 

Licensed Minneapolis restaurants and bars with a Temporary Expansion of 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 Permits if the restaurant or bar is the only food or beverage vendor.

A list of approved Food Truck Vendors and Seasonal Food Permit Vendors is updated monthly on our website. 

Green To Go: The City of Minneapolis has banned the use of foam (Styrofoam™) products for food served for immediate consumption.  Although Caterers are exemption from this prohibition, caterers are encouraged to use preferred plastics number 1, 2, and 5 for serving or take-out containers. 

Payment Options:
Applications and payments must be received at least 10 business days 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. 
1. Mail:  Fees pay by check(s) are payable to Minneapolis Finance
Minneapolis Environmental Health
250 South 4th Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
2. 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.
3. Email:  Fees paid by credit card.  City staff will contact you by telephone to obtain payment information.  Email to EnvironmentalHealthPermit@minneapolismn.gov.
Do not include credit card number on the application.  
Helpful Links:
Minneapolis Event Food Booth Self Inspection Checklist
Minneapolis Guidelines for Dispensing Food at Events and Markets
Food Safety Information and how the Minnesota Food Code is different from the FDA Food Code.
Online Food Safety Course:   Food Handler Training for Special Events and Festivals
For Bloomington, Minnesota events serving food contact:  envhealth@bloomingtonmn.gov or 952-563-8934.
For St Paul, Minnesota events serving food contact: health.foodlodging@state.mn.us or 651-201-4500.

Contact List
janna.beard@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3529
dane.huber@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3541
ryan.krick@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3597
cindy.weckwerth@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3485

Food Trucks
Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor License (Food truck):  A license is required for a food establishment preparing and/or serving foods from a self-contained vehicle, either motorized or within a trailer, on private property or curbside on public streets.  The vehicle must be readily movable, without disassembling, for transport. Vehicles may not be kept, stored, or maintained on a residentially zoned property.

Street locations are available to all licensed vendors daily on a first-come first-served basis. There may be up to three vendors in parking lots located outside of downtown. No additional license/permit is required to operate at an event (farmers market, special event) but written permission must be obtained from the event organizer who is required to submit to city’s health department for approval. 

Requirements
1. Must display current license decal on vehicle and carry license certificate in vehicle.
2. Must display obstruction permit if parked in approved bus lane location.
3. May utilize up to two parking spaces.  Must pay parking meter(s).
4. Must obey all traffic laws, including specially posted parking regulations, for example, “No parking 7:00 AM-9:00 AM.”        
5. Must utilize a licensed commercial kitchen in the City of Minneapolis.

Prohibited Acts
1. Operating within 100 feet of a restaurant or sidewalk café on the same block face.
2. Operating within 500 feet of an entrance to a regional sports facility (Target Field, Target Center, US Bank Stadium.
3. Operating within 500 feet of a block event, community festival, fair, etc., unless written permission is granted from the Event Organizer. 
4. Operating within 200 feet of Park Board property without a Park Board permit.
5. Operating outside of legal operating hours:  (6:00 a.m. - Midnight or 7:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. if located within 300 ft of a residential building.
6. Parking within 20’ of a crosswalk at an intersection or 30’of traffic signs and signals, etc. per MN Statute 169.34.
7. Blocking sidewalks (customers, signs, etc.)
8. Reserving or blocking a parking space for a mobile food vehicle. 
9. Sound emanating from vehicle from radio, television, speakers, etc. 
10. Signage, seating or equipment is not contained within the vehicle. 
11. Failing to obey the direction of an authorized city official. 
12. Operating outside of authorized Zoning district (in a residential area, etc.)

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking. 

Fees are available in the License Fee Schedule on our website. 

Contact List
amy.lingo@minneapolismn.gov  – 612-673-2565

Merchandise Sales

The City of Minneapolis restricts and prohibits certain businesses and activities near designated sites on public or private property.  The following activities may be prohibited. 
1. Peddling
2. Product Sampling
3. Temporary Sale or Free Distribution of Merchandise
4. Transient Merchant Activities

For more information, contact the Business Licenses Office at 350 S. 5th Street, Room 1, Minneapolis, MN 55415 or call 612-673-3000 or 311.

Contact List
kristina.stichter@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-2593

Noise
Amplified Music:  Amplified Sound Permit required.  Contact the Environmental Services Division, 612-673-3867.
No person shall use or maintain any outside sound amplifying equipment except without a permit.

A daytime permit is required for outside sound amplifying equipment used between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. An extended hours permit shall be required for outside sound amplifying equipment used outside of the hours specified.

Sound measured off the property where the equipment is allowed under the permit shall never be more than fifteen (15) dB(A) above the ambient noise level.
Permits shall be obtained in advance.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking

Fees are available in the License Fee Schedule on our website.

Contact List
jim.doten@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-3595

Off-Duty Police
Minneapolis Police Officers are available to work off-duty, in an official capacity, as independent contractors for special events.  The contracted person is a Minneapolis Police Officer, a sworn law enforcement employee, who works in full police uniform. Based on resource allocation and priority, they may be able to bring a police car.  Officers have the full authority of a municipal Police Officer and will respond/react to crime as it presents. The work of the off-duty Officer includes public safety, maintaining permit compliance and advising on matters of safety. They remain connected to the larger apparatus of police coverage within the city and can/will call for additional resources as they see fit.

The City of Minneapolis requires event organizers or venue operators to hire off-duty officers as follows:
1. Type of Event:
A. Events selling or serving intoxicating beverages for consumption; and/or
B. Events held in public spaces: sidewalks, streets, parks or public buildings. 
C. Event organizers may choose to hire off-duty officers to work in their official capacity on private property.
2. Officer to Attendee Ratio: 
A. 1:500 ratio when intoxicating beverages are served
B. 1:1000 ratio when intoxicating beverages are not served
C. Additional Officers may be required based on the time of day, critical mass period, threat assessment, talent performing/type of entertainment, proximity to traffic and perimeter traffic impact.
3. Hiring Guidelines:
A. When hiring Off-duty Officers, the obligation rests with the event organizer to find and contract the work with a sworn Minneapolis employee. That employee will be referred to as the “Off-duty Police Lead” and can come from any rank of sworn employee. When more than one Officer is hired for a particular event, the event organizer should assign that Off-duty Lead the obligations listed below:
a. Recruiting the other sworn employees
b. Determining payment amounts and delivery of checks from the organizer to the hired Officers.
c. Drafting an Event Action Plan, a traffic management plan and completing other informational obligations the police department assigns.
B. The Minneapolis Police Department Administration maintains a list of off-duty Police Leads, approval oversight of each job request, and off-duty employment policy guidelines.
C. The rate of pay is variable and negotiated between the event organizer and the off-duty Police Lead.  The rate may increase by 50% if booking is within a week of the event and an additional  50% higher if booked within three days of the event. The rate includes market pressures and may fluctuate based on many factors.
D. A three day cancellation notice is required or payment in full is due to the Officers. 
E. Off-duty Officers contract work for a minimum of six hour blocks and they work in pairs.
F. There is no guarantee that off-duty Officers can/will be found for the event until booking is made with an off-duty Police Lead.
G. Payment is made on-site and within 30 minutes of the Officer’s arrival. Failure to pay allows the Officer to leave the site and the event will be required to compensate the Officers for the full amount agreed upon within five business days. If the Officers leave, the event may not continue if the off-duty police were required to be on site as a requirement event permit.

Contact List
Contact the Police Special Event Coordinator Sgt. Mark Klukow at 612-673-3942.

Parades
Parade Permit:  A permit is required for any parade, march, or procession in or on any street or alley in the City of Minneapolis (not including sidewalks).

If the event occurs exclusively on park property, contact the Minneapolis Park Board, for Park Permits and Reservations. An additional permit is not required with the City.

The event must meet these requirements:
1. Application must be submitted at least five business days prior to event. A legible route map must be included with the application.
2. Parade route must be approved by Doug Maday, Public Works Traffic and Parking Services, (612) 673-5755 or doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov or Sgt. Mark Klukow, Minneapolis Police Department, (612) 673-3942. 
3. Once parade route has been approved, please provide detailed traffic control plan with application showing the location and type of traffic control signs.
4. Authorized traffic control agents or police personnel must be provided at all intersections requiring traffic control.
5. Barricades, signs and delineation equipment must be installed and removed as directed by either the Public Works or Police Department. The City does not rent equipment. There are a number of local private firms which do rent the equipment.
6. Volunteers must be provided to monitor barricades at all intersections not requiring traffic control personnel.
7. Residents and property owners abutting the event route must be notified by leaflet at least 48 hours before the event (See Minneapolis Ordinance §447.130).
8. Application Fee:  A $25 non-refundable filing fee is required with the application. (Individuals and organizations demonstrating financial hardship may have this fee waived.)
9. No Parking Sign Posting Fee: When the posting of temporary “No Parking” signs along a parade route is required, applicants seeking a parade permit for a parade must additionally pay posting fees that shall be set by resolution of the City Council. Before application is submitted, please contact Doug Maday at 612-673-5755 or doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov to determine the posting fee. Payment of the posting fee must be submitted with the application. Individuals, groups or organizations may request a waiver of the “No Parking” sign posting fee requirement in accordance with Minneapolis Ordinance Chapter 447.

Please complete the application form and return it to:
Dee McQuerry
Hawthorne Transportation Center, Room 100
33 North 9th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Contact List
doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5755

Propane
 LP-Gas: General LP-gas equipment such as tanks, piping, hoses, fittings, valves, tubing, and other related components shall be approved and in accordance with Chapter 38 and the State of Minnesota Mechanical Code,  NFPA 58 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code and may require a Special Event Permit from Fire Inspection Services.   
1. Location of containers:  LP-gas containers shall be located outside. Safety release valves shall be pointed away from the tent or temporary membrane structure.
2. Containers 500 gallons or less: Portable LP-gas containers with a capacity 500 gallons or less shall have a minimum separation between the container and structure, property lines, public ways, or other containers of not less than 10 feet.
3. Containers more than 500 gallons:  Portable LP-gas containers with a capacity of more than 500 gallons shall have a minimum separation between the container and structures, property lines, public ways, or other containers of not less than 25 feet.
4. Protection and security:  Portable LP-gas containers, piping, valves, and fittings which are located outside an area being used to fuel equipment inside a tent or temporary membrane structure shall be adequately protected to prevent tampering, damage by vehicles, or other hazards and shall be located in an approved location. Portable LP-gas containers shall be securely fastened in place to prevent unauthorized movement.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking. 

Fees are available in the License Fee Schedule on our website. 

Contact List
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov or – 612-201-2624

Races
Race Permit:  A permit is required for bicycle races, foot races, race walking, wheelchair racing, rollerblading, marathons and jogging events when any portion of the event occurs on a city street.

If the event occurs exclusively on park property, contact the Minneapolis Park Board, for Park Permits and Reservations. An additional  permit is not required from the City.

In addition to completing a Race Permit Application, the event must meet these requirements:
1. Application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to event. A legible route map must be included.
2. Race route must be approved by Doug Maday, Public Works Traffic and Parking Services, (612) 673-5755 or doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov and Sgt. Mark Klukow, Minneapolis Police Department, (612) 673-3942. 
3. Once race route has been approved, please provide detailed traffic control plan with application showing the location and type of traffic control signs.
4. Race events must take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
5. Proof of Insurance must be provided to the City (See Minneapolis Ordinance §447.140).
6. Authorized traffic control agents or police personnel must be provided at all intersections requiring traffic control.
7. Barricades, signs and delineation equipment must be installed and removed as directed by either the Public Works or Police Department. The City does not rent equipment. There are a number of local private firms which do rent the equipment.
8. Volunteers must be provided to monitor barricades at all intersections not requiring traffic control personnel.
9. Residents and property owners abutting the event route must be notified by leaflet at least 48 hours, but not more than seven days, before the event (See Minneapolis Ordinance §447.130).
10. Application Fee: $100 non-refundable filing fee is required with the application.
11. Participant Fee: A permit fee of $.50 per participant is due within 5 days prior to any event which exclusively uses city streets. The $.50 fee is based on pre-registration or number of participants as noted in the application, whichever is higher. Additional participant fees for the actual number of participants are due within seven days after the event. If the actual number of participants was less than stated in the application you may apply for a refund within seven days of the event.
12. If event is on both Park and City Property participant fees will only be charged by the Park Board. Fees not received may precipitate revocation of permit and non-issuance of future permits.
13. No Parking Sign Posting Fee: When the posting of temporary “No Parking” signs along a race route is required, applicants seeking a race permit for a race must additionally pay fees that shall be set by resolution of the City Council. Before the application is submitted, please contact Doug Maday at 612-673-5755 to determine the posting fee. Payment of the posting fee must be submitted with the application.

Please complete the applications form and return it to:
Dee Ann McQuerry
Department of Public Works
Traffic and Parking Services Division
33 North 9th Street, Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1326

Contact List
doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5755

Signs, Banners, Building Wraps
Signage related to the Special Events will be reviewed by the Zoning Administrator.  Please submit materials to Brad Ellis at bradley.ellis@minneapolismn.gov for review.

Contact List
bradley.ellis@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3239

Stage Permit
Temporary stage and platform construction shall comply with Section 410.4.1 of the Minnesota State Building Code. A building permit is required for any stage, elevated platform, walk-way, or seating area that includes a finished floor thirty inches or more above the lowest adjacent grade or floor.

Required documents for a stage permit:
1.  Building Permit Application.  Estimate your fees with our Fee Calculation Worksheet. 
2. Plot plan showing boundaries of the property and location and dimensions of the stage on the property with location and distance to the nearest fire hydrant.
3. An electrical permit may also be required if electrical cords, lights or other equipment will be used in conjunction with the stage.
4. A statement from a Minneapolis registered architect or engineer stating that the structure is capable of withstanding a minimum 150 PSF live load.
5. The structure must provide a 42" high guardrail for public safety.
6.  Stairs shall have risers not more than 7" high and treads no less than 11" wide and have handrails not less than 34" high and not more than 38" high located on both sides.
7. The width of the landings will not be less than the width of the stairways or ramps that they serve.

Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking. 

Fees: Please refer to the Director’s Fee Schedule available on our website.

Contact List
allan.olson@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673- 5880
kenneth.staloch@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5253
dan.callahan@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5832
patrick.higgins@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5821

Street Use Permits 
Obstruction Permit/ Lane Use Permit required for buses, equipment, staffing.
An obstruction permit is required whenever closures of sidewalks, parking lanes, bike lanes or moving lanes are needed.  In order to obtain the permit, go to https://minneapolis.mn.roway.net/ and register yourself or your company. Once approved you will then apply for the permit requesting the dates needed, explanation of why the permit is needed and if hooding of parking meters or posting of no parking is needed. The permit is free of charge but fees are assessed for lost revenue of the hooded parking meter and  closure of sidewalks, parking lanes, bike lanes or moving lanes.

If Traffic Control Agents are required, additional fees may apply. 

Contact List
doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5755

Tents/Canopies/Temporary Membrane Structures
Permits approved and issued by the Minneapolis Fire Inspections or Minneapolis Construction Code Services are required to erect a canopy, tent, and/or membrane structure for any purpose. All structures shall conform to the structural strength, fire safety, means of egress, accessibility, light, ventilation, and sanitary requirements to ensure public health, safety, and general welfare. Tent/Membrane Structure requirements and authority are under Chapter 31 of the Minnesota State Fire Code.  Additional requirements may include a Building Permit,  Mechanical Permit, Plumbing Permit, and/or a State of Minnesota Electrical Permit based on the requirements of Section 3103 of the Minnesota State Building Code and the Minnesota Electrical Code. 

I.  Definitions
Air-inflated Structure.  A structure that uses air-pressurized membrane beams, arches or other elements to enclosed space. Occupants of such a structure do not occupy the pressurized areas used to support the structure.

Air-supported Structure. A structure wherein the shape of the structure is attained by air pressure, and occupants of the structure are within the elevated pressure area.

Membrane-Covered Frame Structure (Canopy). A non-pressurized building wherein the structure is composed of a rigid framework to support a tensioned membrane which provides the weather barrier.

Membrane-Covered Cable Structure. A non-pressurized structure in which a mast and cable system provides support and tension to the membrane weather barrier and the membrane imparts stability to the structure.

Tent.  Any structure, enclosure or shelter, with or without side walls or drops, constructed of fabric or pliable material supported by any manner except by air or contents that it protects.

II.  Submittal Requirements
Application and Fees.  Permit applications can be obtained and submitted to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Free parking.  All fees must be paid at the time of application. Fees: Please refer to the Director’s Fee Schedule available on our website.

Submission Deadlines.  Permit application shall be submitted a minimum of five (5) days prior to the date of event in order to avoid additional fees.

Inspections.  A site inspection prior to the event may be required after the structure(s) have been erected, and all of the interior components set-up or erected, to ensure compliance with all regulations.

Permits. Tents and membrane structures intended to be erected for less than 180 days shall comply with the Minnesota State Fire Code and require a Special Event Permit from Fire Inspection Services which requires completion of items A-G below.

The following conditions also require a building permit even when erected for less than 180 days:
1. Structures erected on buildings, balconies, decks, raised floor systems or other structures
2. Store-front system
3. Solid wall panels
4. Thermal roof structure
5. Tents and other membrane structures exceeding 120 square feet.
You may be required to submit plans bearing the stamp/signature of a Minnesota licensed architect or civil engineer and a signed statement certifying that the tent installation is in compliance with NFPA code requirements.

A separate Special Event Permit Application is required for each of the following:  Fireworks, Bonfires, LP Tanks, or Open Flames, for example. 

Additional permits such as Mechanical Permit, Plumbing Permit, and/or a State of Minnesota Electrical Permit may be required.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain all required City permits.

Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Depending on the size and complexity of the structure, a fire watch may be required.  The requirement for a fire watch is determined by the Minneapolis Fire Inspections Department.

Include the following (1 - 7) with your Special Event Permit Application:
1. Drawing Information Requirements. Attach a CAD site plan drawn to a minimum 1/8 inch scale with symbol legend and compass.  Electronic media documents are allowed to be submitted.  A minimum of three sets of plans shall be submitted for review and approval.  All documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the following:
A. Plot plan showing boundaries of the property, location and dimensions of the tent on the property, location and distance to the nearest fire hydrant.
B. Location of all buildings, structures, dumpsters, signs, surface materials and temporary food apparatus, i.e., food trucks, in the vicinity, as applicable.
C. Temporary fence and/or wall perimeters including height and type, ingress and egress checkpoints, dimensions, openings, aisles, and exit routes to the public way including overhead pedestrian walkways.
D. Street closures/barricades.
E. Specific areas for parking of vehicles.
F. The location, size, and intended use of all tents and temporary membrane structures, including vendor tents, booths, tables, displays, music venues, seating and standing room only (SRO)-capacities, stages and staging area(s).
G. The location and number of cooking tents.
a. Any cooking operation conducted requires an exhaust hood and fire extinguisher.
b. A minimum 20 foot separation is required from other tents and membrane structures.
c. Outdoor cooking operations that produce sparks or grease-laden vapors must be located a minimum of 20 feet from other tents and membrane structures.
d. 20 Foot Exception:  Distances may be reduced upon review and approval from the Fire Inspection Services Manager or designee.
H. Detailed or scaled floor plans for tents or membrane structures having an occupant load of 50 or more shall indicate the following:
a. Locations and dimensions of tables
b. Proposed seating arrangements and standing room only areas. Includeseating capacity, maximum seating in each section, and aggregate seating at any one time
c. Locations and type of all other interior obstacles (stages, furnishings, etc.)
d. Locations and dimensions of exits
e. Details of the means of egress; Locations of all emergency exit pathways shall be maintained at all times.  Means of egress shall meet Chapter 3103.12.2 Minnesota State Fire Code
f. Locations and type of exit signs; Exit signs shall be provided in accordance with the Minnesota State Fire Code
g. Locations and type of emergency lighting, including proposed power source(s)
h. Locations of portable fire extinguishers
i. Type of floor surface proposed
I. Location and type of heating and electrical equipment; Electrical plans must show the power source, layout of lighting and power cords.
J. The change in grade for a minimum of 20 feet around perimeter of temporary structures or assembly areas (whichever is greater) in any exit route to the public way.
K. Location and width of all fire apparatus emergency ingress and egress roadways.
L. Locations of any additional emergency equipment such as generators, electrical power or emergency power supplies if required.
M. Locations, types, and sizes of fire extinguishers.  Properly tagged fire extinguishers must be placed in  each tent. Proper signage must be verified.  Fire extinguishers types include the following:
a.  Class ABC for ordinary combustible
b.  Minimum sizes 10A-60BC for ordinary hazard combustibles
c.  40 lb. Class-K for deep fry units
N. Signed and stamped specifications and drawings for bleachers, platforms, risers, and performance areas, including occupancy, loads, and structural details for all imposed loads and anchorage points, if  applicable.
      
2. Structural, Wind-uplift, Fire Resistance, Flame Spread and Smoke Data for Each Tent or Membrane Structures Requirements.  Submit the following:
A. Snow-load data
B. Fire resistance, flame and smoke spread/development data
C. Wind-uplift data
3. Material Safety Data Sheets, as applicable.
4. Severe Emergency Weather Plan Requirements.  Provide the following:
A. Emergency action plans for severe weather
B. EMS action plan
C. Fire action plan
D. Sheltering in place for all exterior and interior venues
E. Standard protocols for Internal venues follow standard protocols
5. Utility Plans Required.
A. Identify all utility power supplies and/or electrical services, disconnects, grounded. GFCI protection is required on all 110 volt circuits, including lighting.
B. Identify generator installation and grounding
C. Emergency exit lighting is required in any an enclosed areas having an occupant load of 50 or more occupants.
D. Extension cords shall be properly sized, trip hazard protection, and intact 3-prong plug on each end. Connections shall be made above grade and protected.
E. State electrical permit(s) required.
6. Ushering and Security Training and Procedure Manual(s) Requirements.  Provide the following:
A. Procedures for handling overflow, overcrowding and maintaining exits
B. Maximum attendance, maximum number seated and maximum standing room only
C. Protocols for additional temporary or folding chairs; Indicate how many additional chairs
D. Security procedures, timeframes and staff
E. Handling procedures and protocols for Emergency Medical Situations (EMS)
F. Procedures and protocols for Fire and EMS notifications.
7. Commercial Recycling Plans Required.  Provide compliance details complying with the City of Minneapolis Code of Ordinance 174.435 which requires convenient sites for the deposit, collection and hauling of all recyclable materials.

III. Code Requirements
Areas Without Fixed Seating. The number of occupants shall be computed at the rate of one occupant per unit of area as prescribed in Table 1004.1.2 of the Minnesota State Building Code.  For areas without fixed seating, the occupant load shall not be less than the number determined by dividing the floor area under consideration by the occupancy as set in Table 1004.1.2. Where an intended use is not listed in Table 1004.1.2, the Fire Inspection Division shall determine the square footage factor to be used to calculate the occupant load.
Table 1004.1.2 – Assembly Areas without Fixed Seating
Concentrated (chairs only): 7 net
Standing Space: 5 net
Concentrated (tables and chairs): 15 net

Anchorage Required. Tents or membrane structures and their appurtenances shall be adequately roped, braced, and anchored to withstand the elements of weather and prevent against collapsing.

Combustible Materials.  Hay, straw, shavings, or similar combustible materials shall not be located within the tent or temporary membrane structure containing an assembly occupancy, except the materials necessary for the daily feeding and care of animals. Sawdust and shavings utilized for the public performance or exhibit shall not be prohibited, provided the sawdust and shavings are kept damp. Combustible materials shall not be permitted under stands of seats at any time.

Compressed Gas Cylinders. All compressed gas cylinders shall be nested, secured and protected against tampering.

Display of Motor Vehicles. The display of motor vehicles shall be in accordance with the following:
1. Batteries shall be disconnected in an appropriate manner.
2. Vehicles or equipment shall not be fueled or defueled within the tent, or membrane structure.
3. Fuel in the fuel tank shall not exceed one-quarter of the tank capacity or 5 gallons, whichever is less.
4. Fuel systems shall be inspected for leaks.
5. Fuel tank openings shall be locked and sealed to prevent the escape of vapors.
6. The location of vehicles or equipment shall not obstruct means of egress.
7. When a compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas) powered vehicle is parked inside a place of assembly, all the following conditions shall be met:
A. The quarter-turn shutoff valve or other shutoff valve on the outlet of the CNG of LP-gas container shall be closed and the engine shall be operated until it stops. Valves shall remain closed while the vehicle is indoors.
B. The hot lead of the battery shall be disconnected.
C. Dual fuel vehicles equipped to operate on gasoline and CNG or LP gas shall comply with this section and sections CFC, Chapter 24 for gasoline powered vehicles.
8. Liquid and gas fueled vehicles and equipment used for competition or demonstration within a tent or temporary membrane structure shall comply with the following:
A. Fuel for vehicles or equipment shall be stored in approved containers in an approved location outside of the structure no less than 50 feet from tents or canopies.
B. Refueling shall be performed outside of the structure no less than 20 feet from tent or canopies.
C. Fuel spills shall be cleaned up immediately.
Doors:  Exit doors shall swing in the direction of exit travel.
Exit Signs. Exit signs shall be clearly marked.  Exit signs shall be installed at required exit doorways and where otherwise necessary to indicate clearly the direction of egress when the exit serves an occupant load of 50 or more.

Exit Sign Illumination.  Exit signs shall be either listed and labeled self-luminous type or shall be internally or externally illuminated by luminaries supplied in the following manner:
1. Two separate circuits, one of which shall be separated from all other circuits, for occupant loads of 300 or less; or
2. Two separate sources or power, one of which shall be an approved emergency system, shall be provided when the occupant load exceeds 300.  Emergency systems shall be supplied from storage batteries or from the onsite generator set, and system shall be installed in accordance with the Minnesota Electrical Code. The emergency system provided shall have a minimum of duration of 90 minutes when operated at full design demand.
Flame Resistance. All tents manufactured for sale, sold, rented, offered for sale, or used in Minnesota shall be made from non-flammable material or one of the following flame-resistant fabrics or materials approved by the State Fire Marshal.  Tents and Membrane structures shall have a permanently affixed label bearing the identification of size fabric or material type.  A certificate of flame resistance/retardant are often included with the tent or can be obtained from the manufacturer.
1. Fabrics complying with the State Fire Marshal’s requirements for flame resistance for exterior use.
2. Fabrics complying with the flame-resistance required set forth in CPAI-84 (A Specification for Flame Resistance Materials Used in Camping Tentage).
Flammable and Combustible Liquids. The storage of flammable and combustible liquids and the use of flammable-liquid-fueled equipment shall comply with the following:
1. Use:  Flammable-liquid-fueled equipment shall not be used in tent or membrane structures.
2. Flammable and combustible liquid storage: Flammable and combustible liquids shall be stored outside in an approved manner not less than 10 feet from tents and temporary membrane structures or any ignition source.
3. Refueling:  Refueling shall be performed in an approved location not less than 20 feet from tents and membrane structures.
 Generators. Generators and other internal combustion power sources shall be separated from tents or temporary membrane structures by a minimum of 20 feet and shall be isolated from contact with the public by fencing, enclosure, or other approved means.  The generator and electrical shall be in accordance with the following:
1. System shall be isolated from the public by fencing, or other approved method.
2. All electrical controls, breakers, fuses and switches must be enclosed in approved enclosures.
3. All electrical systems must be properly grounded.
4. Extension cords shall be of a grounded type, and approved for exterior use.  Extension cords on the ground or in areas traveled by the public must be placed in trenches or protected by approved covers (i.e., electrical bridges).
5. Generators shall not be refueled during event hours. Extra fuel shall not be stored during event hours.
6. Smoking and open flames shall be prohibited within 25 feet of refueling operations.
7. Each generator shall be provided with a fire extinguisher with a minimum 40B:C rating. The extinguisher shall be located near the generator and accessible at all times.
Heating and Cooking Equipment.  Heating and cooking equipment shall be in accordance with the following sections:
1. Installation: Heating or cooling equipment, tanks, piping hoses, fittings, valves, tubing, and other related components shall be installed as specified in the Minnesota Building/Mechanical Code.
2. Venting:  Gas, liquid and solid fuel burning equipment designed to be vented shall be vented to the outside air as specified in the Minnesota Building/Mechanical Code. Where vents or flues are used, all portions of the tent or temporary membrane structure shall be not less than 12 inches from the flue or vent.
3. Location:  Cooking and heating equipment shall not be located within 10 feet of exits or combustible material.
4. Operations: Operations such as warming of foods, cooking demonstrations and similar operations that use solid flammables, butane or other similar devices which do not pose an ignition hazard, shall be approved.
5. Cooking tents: Tents where cooking is performed shall be separated from other tents and temporary membrane structures by a minimum of 20 feet.
6. Outdoor cooking:  Outdoor cooking that produces sparks or grease laden vapors shall not be performed within 20 feet of a tent or temporary membrane structure.
7. Electrical heating and cooking equipment:  Electrical cooking and heating equipment shall comply with the Minnesota Electrical Code.
Maintenance of Means of Egress. The required width of exits, aisles, and passageways shall be maintained at all times to a public way, or safe dispersal area.  Guide wires, guide ropes, and other support members shall not cross a means of egress at a height of less than 8 feet. The surface of means of egress shall be maintained in an approved manner.

Means of Egress Illumination.  Means of egress shall be illuminated with light having an intensity of not less than 1 foot candle at floor level while the structure is occupied. Fixtures required for means of egress illumination shall be supplied from a separate circuit or source of power. Means of egress illumination shall be provided for 50 or more persons.

Membrane Structures on Buildings. Membrane structures that are erected on buildings, balconies, decks or other structures shall be regulated as permanent membrane structure in accordance with Section 3102 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Posting of Occupant Load.  Every room or space that is assembly occupancy shall have that occupant load of the room posted in a conspicuous place.

Open Flames. Open flame or other devices emitting flame, fire, or heat or any flammable or combustible liquids, gas, charcoal or other cooking device or any other unapproved devices shall not be permitted inside or located within 20 feet of the tent or temporary membrane structure while open to the public unless approved.

Portable Fire Extinguishers.  Provide one minimum 2A:10B:C fire extinguisher every 75 feet of travel distance. The top portion of the portable fire extinguishers shall be mounted between 3 and 5 feet above the floor. All fire extinguishers shall be serviced and tagged annually by a licensed contractor.

Pyrotechnic Displays.  Fireworks or special effects shall not be used within 100 feet of tents and temporary membrane structures.  A separate Special Event Permit application is required to be submitted.

Seating Arrangements.  Seating in tents or other membrane structures shall be in accordance with Chapter 10 of the Minnesota State Fire Code. Detailed plans shall be incorporated into all submittals.
Table 3103.12.2 - Minimum Number of Means of Egress and Means of Egress Widths from Temporary Membrane Structures and Tents

Capacity

OCCUPANT LOAD Minimum
Number of Means of Egress Minimum Width of Each Means of Egress (inches)
  Tent or Canopy Membrane
Structures
10 to 199 2 72 36
200 to 499 3 72 72
500 to 999 4 96 72
1,000 to 1,999 5 120 96
2,000 to 2,999 6 120 96
Over 3,000a 7 120 96
When the occupant load exceeds 3,000, the total width of the means of egress (inches) shall not be less than the total occupant load multiplied by 0.2 inches per person.


Setup and Teardown.
1. Permits must be obtained by installing contractor
2. Identify installers, State License numbers
3. Post Start and End Dates
4. Display Permit Holder Information
Smoking. Smoking shall not be permitted in tents or temporary membrane structures. Approved “NO SMOKING” signs shall be conspicuously posted throughout the structure.

Spot Lighting.  Spot or effect lighting shall only be by electricity, and all combustible construction located within 6 feet of such equipment shall be protected with approved noncombustible insulation not less than 9.25 inches thick.

Standby Personnel. When, in the opinion of the Fire Inspections Division, it is essential for public safety in a tent or temporary membrane structure used as a place of assembly or any other use where people congregate, because of the number of persons, or the nature of the performance, exhibition, display, contest or activity, the owner, agent, or lessee shall employ one or more qualified persons, as required and approved, to remain on duty during the times such places are open to the public, or when such activity is being conducted.
1. Before each performance or the start of such activity, standby personnel shall keep diligent watch for fires during the time such place is open to the public or such activity is being conducted and take prompt measures for extinguishment of fires that occur and assist in the evacuation of the public from the structure.
2. There shall be trained crowd managers or crowd manager supervisors at a ratio of one crowd manager/supervisor for every 250 occupants.
Vegetation Removal. Combustible vegetation shall be removed from the area occupied by a tent or temporary membrane structure, and from areas within 50 feet of such structure.

Contact List
allan.olson@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673- 5880
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov – 612-201-2624
brad.schmoll@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3273
paul.meyers@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3772

Contact List
Minneapolis 311
minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov or call 311 within Minneapolis, (612) 673-3000 outside Minneapolis  Monday – Friday:  7:00 am – 7:00 pm CST, Saturday – Sunday:  8:30 am -4:30 pm CST

Alcohol Permits
michele.harvet@minneapolismn.gov  - 612-673-5484

Block Events
philip.schliesman@minneapolismn.gov -  612-673-3907

Building Inspections 
kenneth.staloch@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-5253
allan.olson@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673- 5880

Building Inspections/Permits (Bleachers, Canopies, Stages, Temporary Assembly, Temporary Structures, Tents) Plan Review/Permit Process
brad.carter@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-2877

Building Plan Review
scott.anderson@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5791
dan.callahan@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5832

Electrical Permits
State of Minnesota - 651-284-5026

Fire Inspection Services Division Event Permits (Bonfires, Fireworks/Pyrotechnics, Open Flame Devices, Propane/LP Gas, Special Event Permits, Fire-Watch, Temporary tents, including Air supported & Air inflated Membrane structures having an area in excess of 400 square feet)
james.huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov – 612-201-2624
brad.schmoll@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3273
paul.meyers@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-3772

Food/Beverage Permits
janna.beard@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3529
dane.huber@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3541
ryan.krick@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3597
cindy.weckwerth@minneapolismn.gov - 612 673‐3485

Food Trucks
amy.lingo@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-2565

Gas/Plumbing Inspections
tim.daugherty@minneapolismn.gov 612-685-8522

HVAC/Mechanical Inspections
les.blackwell@minneapolismn.gov – 612-685-8388

Merchandise Sales
kristina.stichter@minneapolismn.gov - 612-673-2593

Mechanical Plan Review
tom.cossette@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-5848

Noise/Amplified Sound Permits
jim.doten@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-3595

Parades and Races
doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5755

Plumbing Inspections
scott.eggen@minneapolismn.gov – 612-685-8511

Plumbing Plan Review
steve.goemer@minneapolismn.gov – 612-673-2281

Police for Events / Off Duty Police
Sgt. Mark Klukow at 612-673-3942

Signs/Banners/Building Wraps
bradley.ellis@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3239

Street Use/Closures
doug.maday@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5755

Traffic Control 
jeffrey.miller2@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5330
clara.schmit-Gonzalez@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5310

Application Forms
Amplified Sound Permit
Block Event
Building Permit
Electrical Permit 
Event Food Sponsor Permit
Food Truck License
Heating (Mechanical) Permit
Operational Permit
Parade Permit
Plumbing or Gas Permit
Race Permit
Seasonal Food Permit
Short Term Food Permit
Special Event Permit
Street Use Permit
Recycling Containers
Temporary Beer Permit
Temporary Expansion of License (Alcohol Establishments)
Temporary Liquor or Wine Permit
 

Last updated Nov 16, 2017

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People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 

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