News release: Food, beverage, lodging, swimming pool licensing, plan reviews may be impacted by interruption in state services

News Release
June 30, 2011
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Food, beverage, lodging, swimming pool licensing, plan reviews may be impacted by interruption in state services

Activities in affected counties will be suspended

Preparing for a possible interruption in state government services beginning July 1, state health officials are advising holders and applicants of food, beverage and lodging licenses, as well as licenses for swimming pools, manufactured home parks and campgrounds, to watch the state’s BeReady website for details on how the shutdown will impact them.

The Minnesota Department of Health has delegated agreements with some cities and counties for regulation and oversight of these activities and services in these counties will not be affected by the shutdown. However, other counties and local governments in Minnesota are served by MDH and will be impacted by the interruption. These include:

Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Lyon, McLeod, Mahnomen, Marshall, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Mower, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Red Lake, Rice, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Steele, Stevens,  St. Louis County, Traverse and Wright.

In Anoka, Faribault, Hennepin, Lake and Martin counties, only manufactured home parks and campgrounds licenses are affected.  

A map showing these counties colored in teal can be found on the EHS website at:

The affected counties will have the following activities suspended:

  1. Plan reviews for remodeling or new construction of swimming pools, food, beverage and lodging establishments, manufactured home parks, campgrounds, special events, and mobile units will not be conducted until state services resume. Establishments cannot proceed with construction unless they have prior approval.
  2. Licenses will not be issued. Licenses are required for all regulated establishments including special events such as city and county fairs. Establishments that require a license cannot operate without obtaining a license prior to the special event or opening of the establishment.
  3. Food manager certifications and sanitarian registration – either initial or renewal – will not be issued.
  4. Variance requests to Minnesota Rules, parts 4626, 4625, 4630, 4695 and 4717 will not be issued.

During a shutdown, only a few MDH employees may be available for emergency response and complaint investigations. A list of the approved critical services and contact information will be posted on July 1 on the MDH website at

During any period of suspended state government operations, the following will apply to the affected 28,000 applicants or establishment operators in the state:

  1. All requirements of Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules pertaining to food, beverage and lodging, manufactured home parks, campgrounds, food manager certification and swimming pools will remain in effect. If violations occur during the shutdown, MDH will initiate appropriate enforcement actions when state services resume.
  2. Response to complaints and emergencies will continue
  • Foodborne illness complaints:
    Leave a message at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-FOOD-ILL (1-877-366-3455)
  • For complaints regarding lodging, swimming pools, manufactured home parks, recreational camping areas:
    Leave a message at 651-201-4825
  • For emergencies (fires, spills, incidents):
    Minnesota Duty Officer: 651-649-5451 or 1-800-422-0798

After the shutdown:

  1. All applications for plan reviews, licenses, certifications and registrations will be processed in order of date received when state services resume.
  2. Routine inspections will resume.


For more information, contact:

Doug Schultz
MDH Communications

Colleen Paulus
Environmental Health Services