Registrations, Licenses, and Permits
You'll want to make sure your business considers legal issues such as liability, taxes, ability to raise capital, ease in operating your business and overall control of business operations. The first step is to decide what kind of business entity (legal structure) is best for you.
Once you've decided on a legal structure, you'll need to register your business:
If you will have employees, apply for an IRS Employer Identification Number online. Iowa and the federal government also require a number of employee notices in your workplace.
Iowa Department of Revenue has online contacts and resources for starting a new business. If you are making taxable sales in Iowa register for your Iowa Sales Tax permit. We also have a number of free Iowa tax webinars that you can view, and feel free to browse the online training opportunities available on tax compliance requirements.
Make sure you contact your local city clerk for any licenses or ordinances specific to the city your business is located in.
To identify state of Iowa license, permits and occupational licensing requirements go to the online Business License Information Center page here on IASourceLink or call toll free 1-800-532-1216 for assistance.
Check out State Fire and Building Code requirements online at Iowa Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal Division.
If you are searching for state of Iowa requirements for licenses, permits, and regulations specific to agriculture check out the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Regulatory Listings.
Here on IASourceLink we can assist your business with finding and keeping current on your licensing and registration requirements. Use our free Iowa Business License Information Center tool or contact Christine Cavil with any questions not answered here, or call toll free at 1-800-532-1216. If you have any general business questions not related to licensing, reach out to the Iowa Business Concierge for free help at 866-537-6052.