Food License, Safety & Inspection

Responsibilities & Services

Under contract with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, this Activity enforces the 2013 Food Code:
  • Inspects and licenses restaurants, taverns, temporary food stands, mobile food stands, grocery stores, bakeries, etc.
  • Inspects hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, and vending machines
**See a summary of the 2013 Food Code changes HERE!**

New or Proposed Food Establishments

The food establishment owner must complete a Food License Application, and provide blueprints/plans for the establishment and payment before approval of any new establishment is given or a new license is issued.

City Departments Involved in Opening a Food Establishments
Basic Food Establishment Requirements
Basic Food Establishment Requirements Checklist
Requisitos establecimiento de comida
Mobile Food Unit/Pushcart RequirementsGuidelines for Mobile Food Unit Establishments
Temporary Food Events Guide

Food License/Permit Applications:

Food Establishment Application for New Establishments
Home Bakery License Application
Single Temporary Food Event Application
Annual Temporary Food Event Application
Unattended Food Establishment Application
Farmer's Market License Application
Hotel License Application

For  temporary food events with more than 10 temporary food vendors (not including mobile food units or Farmers Market), the event organizer needs to submit and Event Application at least 60 days prior to the event.

Food Inspections App for Smart Phones

View food establishment inspection reports from across Iowa with the Food Safety app for smart phones! Available through Google Play and the App Store.

Certified Food Protection Manager Courses

Food Establishments are required to have a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). Here are course offerings to fulfill this requirement:

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
View an online schedule here.

Northeast Iowa Community College
Please call 563-557-8271 ext 380 to register. View an online schedule here.

Iowa Food Safety Task Force

Click here to access the Iowa Food Safety Task Force website for more resources and information about Food Licenses.