Policy Summary

The ordinance amended the city code to expand its laws allowing mobile grocery store operations under certain conditions. According to the staff memo, the previous ordinance limited mobile stores to selling only prepackaged foods and only in senior high rises with no licensed grocery meat market. The amendement allows mobile stores to be in more places (but not within 100 feet of a licensed grocery store or farmers' market unless permission has been granted), and to sell prepackaged and fresh produce (but not alcoholic beverages or tobacco products), and requires them to offer “at least 50 items of fresh fruits and vegetables in at least 7 varieties.”

Background Information

State Minnesota
Jurisdiction Name Minneapolis
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Mobile stores are permitted in parking lots of ""high-density residential properties" (Sec. 295.30)

Health-related goal?

Wholesome food and fresh produce (Sec. 295.40)

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

Scc. 295.40

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Issuance of an ordinance violation citations, the imposition of reasonable conditions or restrictions upon the license, a license suspension, denial of renewal, or license revocation. Sec. 295.120

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This uncodified ordinance amended Title 13 (Licenses and Business Regulations), Chapter 295 (formerly called Groceterias and Portable Stores, and changed to Mobile Food Stores by the ordinance). The codified version can be found at https://library.municode.com/mn/minneapolis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_TIT13LIBURE_CH295MOFOST.


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