The Community Health and Environmental Services Department licenses and inspects food service establishments. The regulations are outlined in the Anoka County Food Ordinance and the Minnesota Food Code. Grocery stores, convenience stores, bakeries, meat processing, and candy-making businesses are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
There are different steps for applicants depending on what type of establishment / event for which you are applying: existing establishment, new establishment, or a temporary event.
Food service establishment licenses are not transferable to person or place. A change of ownership inspection must be conducted and a new license must be obtained before you begin operation of the business.
Call 763-324-4260 to speak with a department representative and to receive a Plan Review Application. A complete set of plans must be submitted 30 days before construction begins; view the plan review guidelines. Plans must include the following:
Items that DO NOT require a license include.
As of January 1, 2018, Anoka County will be requiring all mobile food units, seasonal temporary food stands and food carts to obtain an Anoka County license. The following are required to obtain a license with Anoka County
- $90 Fee
The Mobile Food Unit/ Temporary Food Stand/ Food Cart Temporary License allows the operation within Anoka County for 21 days or less during the licensing year.
Please be aware that reciprocity agreements that have been used in previous licensing years are no longer valid. A license must be obtained.
To be eligible for this license each licensee must hold a valid annual license through the Minnesota Department of Health or another agency. Please call 763-324-4260 for licensing questions.
Minnesota Food Manager Certificate
The Minnesota certified food manager (CFM) is a leader for the food establishment’s food safety team. The CFM is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as meeting specific training requirements, and helps reduce the risk of foodborne illness by demonstrating safe food handling practices and sharing food safety knowledge with the food establishment’s employees.
A CFM certificate is required in Anoka County for any establishment licensed to serve food. Exemptions from this requirement is listed under Minnesota Rules Chapter 4626.2010 Subpart 4.
See the Minnesota Department of Health's Certified Food Manager Webpage for additional information on how to receive the CFM certificate.
In Case of Emergency
If your food service establishment experiences an emergency please see the Anoka County Emergency Notification Procedures. Other resources to help you deal with emergencies:
If you suspect that you have become ill from food, call the department. You can also report through the Minnesota Department of Health Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-FOOD-ILL (1-877-366-3455).