Animal Exhibitor Licensing (Petting Zoo)
Animals are protected under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and overseen by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Farm animals at agricultural shows, fairs and exhibits are exempt from licensing. Exhibiting farm animals for nonagricultural purposes including petting zoos must be licensed. Animals not commonly kept on U.S. farms, such as camels, must also be licensed.
The Animal Welfare Act does not regulate horse shows. Animals kept in a wild state for game preserves, hunting preserves or similar businesses are exempt. Hunting events are not regulated.
Food Service Permits and Inspections
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), Food and Consumer Safety Bureau and other contracted local health departments with DIA issue permits and inspect establishments that serve food. See this map to find the food safety inspector in your area. This agency is contacted when building a new or remodeling an on-site kitchen.
- Farmers Market License Application
- Food Establishment License Application (covers food service, retail food, and mobile food operations)
- Food Processing Plant License Application
- Home Bakery License Application
- Hotel License Application
- Temporary Food License Application
- Vending Machine License Application
Food Stand Operations – What you need to know. This resource reviews permits, food safety measures and the types of food that can be sold at food stands. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, May 2007
Iowa Laws: Sale of Home Prepared Foods. Learn Iowa licensing and inspection requirements for selling food products from home. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, September 2005
Selling Food Products: A business from your home. This document outlines the steps in creating a home-based food business. North Central Regional Extension Publication, January 2000
Starting a Bed and Breakfast in Iowa – Laws that apply. This document reviews what food permits are required for a bed and breakfast. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, April 2005
Temporary Food Service Establishments & Farmers' Markets Operator's Guidelines, Prepared by the Iowa Food Safety Task Force, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 2010.
Contact to obtain an alcoholic beverage license. Separate licenses are used for off-premise and on-premise consumption of beer, liquor and wine. 866-469-2223
Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Contact to obtain a license. Separate licenses are used for off-premise and on-premise consumption of beer, liquor and wine.