Mobile Food Unit

A mobile food unit (MFU) is a food and beverage service establishment that is a vehicle mounted unit, either motorized or trailered, and readily movable, without disassembling, for transport to another location. The unit can operate no more than 21 days annually at any one place unless granted authorization by the City, or unless the unit is operated in conjunction with a permanent business licensed under MN §§157 or 28A at the site of the permanent business by the same individual or company, and readily movable, without disassembling, for transport to another location

Code Requirements

Guidance relating to food and food handlers is contained in the Maplewood City Code, Chapter 14, Article VI, MN §§145A and 157, and MN Rules 4626.0010 to 4626.2010. All license holders are required to be familiar with the provisions of this Chapter and with applicable Minnesota Statutes and federal regulations.

Food Truck

Application Requirements

Notification of Activity

Annual license holders must notify the City no less than two (2) days prior to operation of the Mobile Food Unit in the city, or upon movement of the unit to another location within the City. 

If operation at a single location is greater than 21 days, annually, City approval is required (MN §157.15 subd.9) If operation at a single location is greater than four (4) months, annually, a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is required (City Code Sec. 44-511 subd.18).

Expiration/Renewal

License term runs March 1st through February 28th (29th during leap year), annually. Renewal must occur on or before the date of expiration.