Mobile Food Establishment License

Department of Inspections & Appeals


License to operate a readily movable food establishment, which operates up to three consecutive days at one location, or returns to a home base of operation at the end of each day.

Code Citation Iowa Code Chapter 137F

Who Applies Any person wishing to operate a pushcart or other mobile food unit must obtain a license.

When To Apply Application must be received at least 30 days prior to the intended operating date and a license issued before the establishment begins operation.

Initial Requirements All regulatory requirements must be met before a license is issued.

Duration License is valid for one year from the date issued.

Processing Time 30 days.

Fee Structure License: $250

Renewal Requirements Renewal applications and fees must be received prior to the expiration date.

Exam Does not apply.

Additional Information Online applications and renewals are preferred, and are processed faster than paper applications. Renewals can be submitted up to 60 days prior to the license expiration date.

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Contact Information
Food and Consumer Safety Licensing
Lucas State Office Building, Third Floor
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319