Completed license applications and documents must be submitted to the appropriate Regulatory Authority at least 30 days prior to the anticipated opening date.
A separate license must be applied for at each location where food production, sales or service take place.
A license is non-transferable between locations or ownership.
Once the application, other required documents and fees are received and processed, the Department will review the documents. Once the application is processed the applicant will be mailed or e-mailed the assigned inspector’s contact information. The applicant is responsible for contacting the inspector to schedule a pre-operational inspection.
Plan submission is required; the Department will review the plans and communicate the results of the plan review to the applicant. Plan reviews generally take 3 to 4 weeks. It would be beneficial to submit the application prior to beginning construction, remodeling, or alteration of a facility. There is no fee for plan review. Please note, failure to provide all required information could delay plan approval. If you are remodeling a licensed facility already owned by you, submit plans only and notify your inspector.
Operating without an approved license and inspection may result in penalty fees of double the amount of the annual license fee.
Only individuals who will be operating a food establishment under the jurisdiction of the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) should submit their license application and corresponding fee(s) to DIA at the address below. All other applicants should mail their license application and fees to their local regulatory authority.
For information on License Application Fee Refunds click here: IAC 481.30.2(2)
If your food establishment is licensed and inspected by the DIA's Food and Consumer Safety Bureau, send your application and fee(s) to the address below:
Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
Food & Consumer Safety Bureau
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0083