Food

A food permit is required to distribute any food or drink--including water--at Open Streets. All food permits are free. To secure your permit, first sign up for your spot on the street then send one of the below permit types to permits@ourstreetsmpls.org:

  • Short Term Food Permit Application ​(fee is waived)
  • Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle vendor​ (food truck) license number (LICXXXXX)
  • Minneapolis Limited Mobile vendor ​license ​number (LICXXXXX)
  • Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit license ​number (LICXXXXX)
  • Proof of Cottage Food Law exemption from Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Proof of registration as a Product of the Farm vendor

You are responsible for complying with 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 at 612-673-3000.

Submit food permits to permits@ourstreetsmpls.org by the following dates:

  • Lyndale: 5/23
  • Lake + Minnehaha: 7/4
  • Northeast: 7/18
  • Franklin: 8/8
  • West Broadway: 8/29
  • Nicollet: 9/5
  • University of Minnesota: 9/12

 

Sales

If you are selling anything at Open Streets--including food or drink--you must email a Operator Certificate of Compliance (ST19) form to permits@mplsbike.org. DO NOT send to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Submit Operator Certificate of Compliance (ST19) to permits@ourstreetsmpls.org forms by the following dates:

  • Lyndale: 5/23
  • Lake + Minnehaha: 7/4
  • Northeast: 7/18
  • Franklin: 8/8
  • West Broadway: 8/29
  • Nicollet: 9/5
  • University of Minnesota: 9/12

 

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 immediately 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.