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Unattended Food Establishment License Print This Page

License to operate an establishment that provides packaged foods or whole fruit using an automated payment system and has controlled entry not accessible by the general public. “Controlled entry,” as it refers to an unattended  food establishment, means selective restriction or limitation of access to a place or location.
Contact Information
Department of Inspections & Appeals
Lucas State Office Building, Third Floor
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines IA, 50319(map)
Food and Consumer Safety LicensingFCS-licensing@dia.iowa.gov
P: (515) 281-6538
F: (515) 281-3291

License Details

Code Citation
Iowa Code Chapter 137F
Who Applies
An individual wishing to operate an unattended food establishment must obtain a license for each location.
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.
License is valid for one year from the date issued.
Processing Time
30 days.
Fee Structure
License: $75 - $150, based on annual gross food and beverage sales.
Renewal Requirements
Renewal applications and fees must be received prior to the expiration date.
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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