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Retail Food Handler Licenses

The food handling of retail food establishments are regulated primarily by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). "Food Establishment" means an operation that: (1) stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption, including a market, grocery store, convenience store, special event food stand, vending machine and vending location, and retail bakery (2) relinquishes possession of food to a consumer directly or indirectly through a delivery service, including the home delivery of grocery orders or restaurant takeout orders, and a delivery service that is provided by common carriers.

Agency contact information:

Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 201-6000 | (800) 967-2474 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
Dairy and Food Inspection Division
(651) 201-6062
Contact Info: Dairy and Food Inspection Division


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Dairy and Food Inspection Division

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The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.


Minn. Stats. 28A.04


MINNESOTA RULES 4626.0010 - 4626.2020


Consolidated Food License Application, AG-01302-01 or AG-01301-02 (Mobile Units) 

Retail Food Store Plan Review Application

Plan Review information is available on the MN Dept. of Agriculture website at Plan Review - Retail Food Establishment

Contact the Dairy & Food Inspection Division, (651) 201-6027


Must meet requirement for distribution, handling, and sale of food.

See: Plan Review - Retail Food Establishment, Retail Food Establishment Construction Guide


Fee is based on gross annual food sales or service for the immediate previous license or fiscal year or anticipated future gross annual food sales.

Retail Food Handler and Retail Mobile Food Handler License:

Gross Annual Food
Sales & Service

License Fee

No License Penalty

Less than $50,000



$50,001 - $250,000



$250,001 - $1,000,000



$1,000,001 - $5,000,000



$5,000,001 - $10,000,000



$10,000,001 - $15,000,000



$15,000,001 - $20,000,000



$20,000,001 - $25,000,000



Over $25,000,000




Prepackaged Non-Perishable Food Only

Less than $15,000




Food vending machine operator's inspection fee is $25 per machine except machines inspected by a city or county regulated agency or on machines dispensing only gum balls, hard candy, unsorted confections, bottled or canned soft drinks or ice manufactured and packaged by another (Minn. Stat. § 28A.09).

Machines dispensing only nuts (bulk or packaged) pay $10 per vending machine.

Period of Issuance:

April 1 - March 31 for mobile food concession and retail mobile units. July 1 - June 30 for all other retail establishments.

Length of Determination Process:

Seven days to one month.

Other Pertinent Information:

A booklet titled "Starting a Food Business in Minnesota", available from the Dairy and Food Inspection Division, may be obtained by calling (651) 201-6027 or downloading it from the MN Department of Agriculture website.