Vending Machine License

Department of Inspections & Appeals


License to operate a self-service device which, upon insertion of a coin, paper currency, token, card or key, or by optional manual operation, dispenses unit servings of food in bulk or in packages without the necessity of replenishing the device between each vending operation. Vending machines that dispense only prepackaged foods that are not time/temperature control for safety foods, panned candies, gumballs, or nuts are exempt from licensing but may be inspected by the department upon receipt of a written complaint. “Panned candies” are those with a fine, hard coating on the outside and a soft candy filling on the inside. Panned candies are easily dispensed by a gumball-type machine.

Code Citation Iowa Code Chapter 137F

Who Applies An individual wishing to operate a vending machine must obtain a license for each machine.

When To Apply Application must be received at least 30 days prior to the intended operating date and license issued before the establishment operates. Online applications are preferred.

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: $50 for the first machine and $10 for each additional machine.

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