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, Our Streets Minneapolis will apply to the City on behalf of the food vendor for permission to distribute food or beverage at Open Streets. Our Streets Minneapolis will not apply on behalf of vendors with incomplete or inaccurate information. The City has sole authority to approve or deny applicants.

Our Streets Minneapolis 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 Our Streets Minneapolis’ knowledge and consent.

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To apply to become a food vendor at Open Streets, the applicant must complete the Open Streets signup form (see the Get a spot page) and submit one of the following permits to Our Streets Minneapolis:

  • ​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 proof
  • Short Term Food Permit Application (fee is waived)

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 Our Streets Minneapolis 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

Food vendors must comply with all City of Minneapolis requirements, including completing the day-of Event Food Booth Self-Inspection (see page 4 of the Short Term Food Permit Application).

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 following conditions will warrant immediate food vendor closure:

  • Lack of a current permit number approved by Environmental Health
  • Lack of a handwashing station (unless all items are packaged or in bottles or cans)
  • Foods prepared at or brought from home
  • Critical violations and/or imminent health hazards
  • Lack of equipment or capacity to hold potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures

All questions regarding food safety and regulations need to go directly to the Minneapolis Health Department at 612-673-2301 or health@minneapolismn.gov.

For questions on permit submission process, contact Nick Ray at nickray@ourstreetsmpls.org or 612-568-6227.

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 Our Streets Minneapolis--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.

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If 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 Our Streets Minneapolis--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 Our Streets Minneapolis and will be emailed to you 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.

Our Streets Minneapolis 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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