Food Establishments Toolkit

Opening a new food establishment can be an overwhelming endeavor. Here you'll find resources and information that will make the process easier, and will ensure your business is in full compliance.

How to Open A New Establishment


  1. Submit Plans to the Health Department 30 days prior to construction/remodel.
  2. Adhere to Basic Requirements for Food Service.
  3. Apply for a Food License.
Downloads & Resources
We've adopted the FDA's Food Code guidelines for our county. Download the full guidelines here.
This application for restaurants, grocery stores, or mobile food units. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the anticipated opening date.
Comprehensive guidance from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals on obtaining a temporary food establishment license.