A food cart is a food and beverage service establishment that is a nonmotorized vehicle self-propelled by the operator. All food carts must be operated in compliance with the Minnesota Food Code.
Plans and specifications must be submitted to the regulatory authority for review and approval at least 30 days before beginning the construction of a food cart. The plans must include:
Prior to allowing the cart to operate, the regulatory authority must conduct a pre-operational inspection to verify that the cart is constructed and equipped according to the plans. Please notify them of your intention to open at least 14 days prior to opening.
License applications and fees must be submitted to the regulatory authority prior to operation.
All foods, beverages and ice must be obtained from an approved commercial source. Any food preparation or food storage done off site, must be accomplished at a licensed food establishment. Food cannot be stored or prepared in a home.
If the cart is not provided with a three compartment dishwashing sink, then multi-use food preparation, service, and dispensing utensils must be returned to a permanent food establishment each day for cleaning.
If food is prepared at the cart, then a handwashing device supplied with hot and cold running water, soap, nail brush, and paper towels must be provided.
When water is required for the food cart operation, the following requirements must be met.
Dairy & Food Inspection Division