Food License, Safety & Inspection

Responsibilities & Services

The City of Dubuque Health Services Department contracts with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to inspect and license restaurants, taverns, temporary food stands, mobile food stands, grocery stores, bakeries, etc. and to inspect hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, and vending machines.  Enforcement follows the 2017 Food Code.

2017 food code summary of changes and food code supplement

New or Proposed Food Establishments

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

How do I open a restaurant?

How do I open a mobile food unit/pushcart?

How do I host a temporary food event?

Other Food License/Permit Applications

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.

Certified Food Protection Manager Courses

Food establishments are required to have a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). Course offerings to fulfill this requirement include:

Food Inspections App

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

Seasonal Food Safety Information