If you are selling anything, including food or drink, you must email an Operator Certificate of Compliance (ST19) form to email@example.com. DO NOT send to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
To distribute any food or drink, you must 1) secure a food permit and 2) ensure you follow the City’s guidelines for dispensing food at events. The City of Minneapolis will enforce closure and fines for unpermitted vending and food safety violations. For questions on food safety, contact the Minneapolis Health Department.
Securing a food permit for the sidewalk or the street at Open Streets
To distribute food or drink on the sidewalk or in the street at Open Streets you must have a food permit through Open Streets. There is no cost. To secure your permit, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with either a Short Term Food Permit Application (there is no permit cost for Open Streets) OR one of the following license types:
- Licensed Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle vendor (food truck) -- license format LICXXXXX
- Licensed Minneapolis Limited Mobile vendor -- license format LICXXXXX
- Vendors with a Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit -- license format LICXXXXX
- Cottage Food Law exempt vendors registered with Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Product of the Farm vendors
Securing a food permit for private property
Open Streets cannot provide food permits for activities on private property. If you are thinking of selling or giving away food or beverage on private property or any space not on the street or sidewalk, you must contact Minneapolis Environmental Health well in advance to determine what permits would make this possible: EnvironmentalHealthPermit@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3000. The City of Minneapolis will enforce closure and fines for unpermitted vending and food safety violations.
Securing a food permit for outside your restaurant
If you are a licensed restaurant along the route that will apply for an expansion of license, contact your Business Licensing Inspector or Minneapolis Environmental Health. Restaurants with the proper expansion of license usually still need food permits.
Send Operator Certificate of Compliance (ST19) form and food permits to email@example.com by the following dates:
- Lyndale — Wednesday, 5/17
- Downtown — Wednesday, 5/24
- Lake + Minnehaha — Wednesday, 7/5
- Northeast — Wednesday, 7/19
- Franklin — Wednesday, 8/2
- West Broadway — Wednesday, 8/23
- Nicollet — Wednesday, 9/6