Food digest special notice - 2020 proposed food license fee increases

food digest

October 14, 2019

In this issue

Hennepin County food license fee increases

Certain food license fees will be going up in 2020

  • Our regular short-term food license fee for vendors at temporary events will go from $60 to $90. The $10 fee for each additional day will stay the same.
  • The low risk short-term food license fee will go from $30 to $45. The $10 fee for each additional day will stay the same.
  • The mobile food unit reciprocity license fee will go from $60 to $150.

Rationale for food license fee increases

  • Each year, the Hennepin County Board of Health determines the cost of each license category
  • The most significant factor that impacts food license category costs is staff costs
  • Staff costs include the time staff spend on inspections, complaint investigations, 24/7 emergency response, foodborne outbreak investigations, education, and other services
  • The board also compares our services and costs to other counties and cities to ensure we’re in the same range
  • The board approved license fee increases because the current license fees do not cover all of our costs – a portion of our staff costs are being supported by Hennepin County property taxes and state and federal grants

Public hearing on license fee increases

Hennepin County is committed to providing the best possible services to its customers at the lowest possible cost.

There is a public hearing about the license fee increases on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 9 a.m. – noon, at the Hennepin County Government Center, 24th floor (County Board Room) for those who are interested in hearing more or who would like to comment.

Application process

To read more about the application process for short-term food vendors and mobile food units, check out the article titled "Special food licensing for food trucks and stands" in our September 2019 Food digest newsletter.

For applications and other information, visit our website.

Web resources

Visit for information on:

  • General environmental health 
  • Basic food safety classes 
  • Temporary food stand licensing 
  • Food license information, categories, and fee schedule 
  • New construction or remodeling application 

Radon information and test kits 

Septic system requirements and procedures

Body art licensing information (tattooing and piercing) 

Beaches in Hennepin County

Public swimming pool regulations

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Food Digest is a quarterly newsletter written by inspectors from Hennepin
County Public Health Department, and designed to support and educate Hennepin County food facility owners and operators. Articles focus on food
safety and requirements from the Minnesota Food Code and Hennepin County food ordinance.


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