Open Streets Business / Organization Participation Policies

By participating in Open Streets, I agree to the following:

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Any group is free to participate in Open Streets Minneapolis without completing the Open Streets sign up form if they are actively moving by biking, walking, skateboarding, etc. within the public right-of-way and not distributing food or beverage, selling anything or engaging in illegal or dangerous activity.

To obtain a dedicated spot on the street during the event to distribute food, sell things, or conduct other approved activities, individuals or entities must register as an Open Streets programmer, mini-sponsor or sponsor on the get a spot page. Participation type eligibility is determined by your entity type and activities. See the Get a spot page.

If you are charged for your spot, payment for your spot on the street is required before the event. Payment instructions are provided upon completion of sign up form.

All persons or entities distributing food or beverage within the public right-of-way at Open Street (“food vendor”) must be approved by the City of Minneapolis to distribute food or beverage at Open Streets and be listed on the Event Food Sponsor Permit.

As the event sponsor, the Coalition will apply to the City on behalf of the food vendor for permission to distribute food or beverage at Open Streets. The City has sole authority to approve or deny applicants. The Coalition will notify all food vendor applications of their approval or denial prior the to event. Food vendor applications denied by the City of Minneapolis are not allowed to participate in the event for which they applied. Food vendors may not apply for or seek permission to distribute food or beverage at Open Streets without the Coalition’s knowledge and consent. 

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    To apply to become a food vendor at Open Streets, the applicant must:

    1. Complete the Open Streets signup form (see the Get a spot page); and
    2. Provide the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition with ONE of the following (details on the permit page):

      • Completed Short Term Food Permit Application; or
      • Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor number (License format L318-XXXXX); or
      • Minneapolis Limited Mobile Vendor number (License format L158-XXXXX); or
      • Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit number (Permit format L261-XXXXX); or
      • MDA Retail Mobile Food Handler license number; or
      • Proof of registration with MDA under the Minnesota Cottage Food Law; or
      • Proof of being a Product of the Farm vendor
    • A completed and accurate sign up form and current acceptable food license type (listed above) or completed Short Term Food Permit Application
      must be received by the following dates to avoid a late fee:

      • Open Streets West Broadway—Friday, August 25
      • Open Streets Lyndale—Friday, May 19
      • Open Streets Downtown—Friday, May 26
      • Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha—Friday, July 7
      • Open Streets Northeast—Friday, July 21
      • Open Streets Franklin—Friday, August 11
      • Open Streets Nicollet—Friday, September 8

    • Current acceptable food license type (listed above) or completed Short Term Food Permit Application received after these dates will require a $174 late fee and only be accepted at the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s discretion. No acceptable food license type (listed above) or completed Short Term Food Permit Applications will be accepted after the second Thursday before the event.

    • The Coalition will not apply on behalf of vendors with incomplete or inaccurate information. Food vendors are required to complete the Event Food Booth Self-Inspection Form (included in the Short Term Food Permit Application) on the day of the event. Food vendors must know and comply with all relevant food health and safety standards at the event. 

    • If using a tent, liquid propane tanks must not be placed under the tent, a 2A10BC fire extinguisher must be on hand and each leg of the tent must have 30 pounds of weight.

    • Food vendors found not in compliance with relevant food health and safety standards may receive a citation or be asked to leave the event. The food vendor is responsible for any penalties--financial or otherwise--as a result of incomplete or inaccurate license or permit information or health or safety code violations or infractions by that food vendor at Open Streets.

    • The food vendor is also responsible for any penalties received by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition--financial or otherwise--a result of incomplete or inaccurate license or permit information or health or safety code violations or infractions by that food vendor at Open Streets.
    • Food vendors should contact the Minneapolis Health Department directly for questions regarding food safety at 612-673-2301 or health@minneapolismn.gov.

  • mike.pngIf you are SELLING ANYTHING at Open Streets you must complete the Open Streets signup form (see the Get a spot page) and submit an Operator Certificate of Compliance (ST19) form (details provided in the signup form and on the permit page) by the following dates:
    • Open Streets Lyndale—Friday, May 19
    • Open Streets Downtown—Friday, May 26
    • Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha—Friday, July 7
    • Open Streets Northeast—Friday, July 21
    • Open Streets Franklin—Friday, August 11
    • Open Streets West Broadway—Friday, August 25
    • Open Streets Nicollet—Friday, September 8

The seller is responsible for any penalties--financial or otherwise--as a result of incomplete or inaccurate information on their Operator Certificate of Compliance (ST19) form or other violations or infractions by that seller at Open Streets. The food vendor is also responsible for any penalties received by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition--financial or otherwise--as a result of incomplete or inaccurate information on their Operator Certificate of Compliance (ST19) form or other violations or infractions by that seller at Open Streets.

  • Your exact spot on the street is assigned to you by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition location will be emailed to you two weeks prior to each event.

  • Beginning at 9:00 a.m. the day of the event, materials may be staged on the boulevard or in a parking lane. Police close the street to motor vehicle traffic at 11:00 a.m. All motor vehicles must be off the street by 11:00 a.m. Once the police have closed your section of the street you may move your materials into the street. Materials may not be placed within 10 feet of the center of the street.

  • Motor vehicles will not be operated on the street during the event.

  • All materials will be removed from the street by 5:00 p.m. Materials may be temporarily staged on the boulevard or in a parking lane until they are picked up.

  • The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition reserves the right to expel anyone from Open Streets for any reason and deny programmer, mini-sponsor or sponsorship status to anyone for any reason.

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