Permits

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.

Animal Welfare Act Licensing Application

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. 

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.

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

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 Department of Inspections & Appeals, Food and Consumer Safety 
515-281-7102 
webmaster@dia.iowa.gov

 

Winery Licensing

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. 
866-469-2223