Iowa Licensing Resources

Find information about obtaining, maintaining, and amending a variety of Iowa licenses and registrations.

Every state has different licensing and registration requirements for business entities and nonprofits, depending on the services they offer. On this page you'll find Iowa-specific guides and resources dealing with entity formation, occupational licensing, tax filings, and a variety of other important compliance topics.

Iowa State Licensing Agencies

Below is a listing of the state-level licensing agencies within Iowa that a business should check for business license requirements.

  • Alcoholic Beverages Division
  • Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
  • Department of Public Health - Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board
  • Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
  • Department of Revenue
  • Division of Labor
  • Division of Labor - Asbestos Abatement Program
  • Insurance Division
  • Landscape Architectural Examining Board
  • Landscape Architectural Examining Board
  • Professional Licensing Bureau
  • Professional Licensing Bureau - Real Estate Commission
  • Professional Licensing Bureau: Accountancy Examining Board
  • Professional Licensing Bureau: Architectural Examining Board
  • Professional Licensing Bureau: Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board
  • Secretary of State
  • Workforce Development

Iowa Local Business Licences

Below is a listing of the local jurisdictions within Iowa that a business should check for local business license requirements.

County / Parish

  • Adair County
  • Adams County
  • Allamakee County
  • Appanoose County
  • Audubon County
  • Benton County
  • Black Hawk County
  • Boone County
  • Bremer County
  • Buchanan County
  • Buena Vista County
  • Butler County
  • Calhoun County
  • Carroll County
  • Cass County
  • Cedar County
  • Cerro Gordo County
  • Cherokee County
  • Chickasaw County
  • Clarke County
  • Clay County
  • Clayton County
  • Clinton County
  • Crawford County
  • Dallas County
  • Davis County
  • Decatur County
  • Delaware County
  • Des Moines County
  • Dickinson County
  • Dubuque County
  • Emmet County
  • Fayette County
  • Floyd County
  • Franklin County
  • Fremont County
  • Greene County
  • Grundy County
  • Guthrie County
  • Hamilton County
  • Hancock County
  • Hardin County
  • Harrison County
  • Henry County
  • Howard County
  • Humboldt County
  • Ida County
  • Iowa County
  • Jackson County
  • Jasper County
  • Jefferson County
  • Johnson County
  • Jones County
  • Keokuk County
  • Kossuth County
  • Lee County
  • Linn County
  • Louisa County
  • Lucas County
  • Lyon County
  • Madison County
  • Mahaska County
  • Marion County
  • Marshall County
  • Mills County
  • Mitchell County
  • Monona County
  • Monroe County
  • Montgomery County
  • Muscatine County
  • O'Brien County
  • Osceola County
  • Page County
  • Palo Alto County
  • Plymouth County
  • Pocahontas County
  • Polk County
  • Pottawattamie County
  • Poweshiek County
  • Ringgold County
  • Sac County
  • Scott County
  • Shelby County
  • Sioux County
  • Story County
  • Tama County
  • Taylor County
  • Union County
  • Van Buren County
  • Wapello County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County
  • Webster County
  • Winnebago County
  • Winneshiek County
  • Woodbury County
  • Worth County
  • Wright County

City / Borough / Municipality / Neighborhood

  • Ackley
  • Adair
  • Adel
  • Afton
  • Agency
  • Ainsworth
  • Akron
  • Albert City
  • Albia
  • Alburnett
  • Alden
  • Alexander
  • Algona
  • Alleman
  • Allerton
  • Allison
  • Alta
  • Altoona
  • Amana
  • Ames
  • Anamosa
  • Andrew
  • Anita
  • Ankeny
  • Anthon
  • Aplington
  • Arcadia
  • Arlington
  • Armstrong
  • Atlantic
  • Audubon
  • Aurelia
  • Avoca
  • Badger
  • Baldwin
  • Batavia
  • Baxter
  • Bedford
  • Belle Plaine
  • Bellevue
  • Belmond
  • Bennett
  • Benton
  • Bernard
  • Bettendorf
  • Blairsburg
  • Blairstown
  • Bloomfield
  • Bode
  • Bonaparte
  • Bondurant
  • Boone
  • Boxholm
  • Boyden
  • Breda
  • Britt
  • Brooklyn
  • Buffalo Center
  • Burlington
  • Burnside
  • Burt
  • Bussey
  • Callender
  • Calmar
  • Camanche
  • Cantril
  • Carlisle
  • Carroll
  • Carson
  • Carter Lake
  • Cascade
  • Casey
  • Castana
  • Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Center Junction
  • Center Point
  • Centerville
  • Central City
  • Chariton
  • Charles City
  • Charter Oak
  • Cherokee
  • Churdan
  • Clarence
  • Clarinda
  • Clarion
  • Clarksville
  • Clear Lake
  • Clinton
  • Clive
  • Coin
  • Colesburg
  • Colfax
  • College Springs
  • Colo
  • Columbus Junction
  • Conrad
  • Coon Rapids
  • Coralville
  • Corning
  • Correctionville
  • Corydon
  • Council Bluffs
  • Crescent
  • Cresco
  • Creston
  • Crystal Lake
  • Cumberland
  • Cumming
  • Cylinder
  • Dakota City
  • Dallas Center
  • Danville
  • Davenport
  • De Soto
  • Decatur City
  • Decorah
  • Defiance
  • Delhi
  • Delmar
  • Denison
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • DeWitt
  • Dexter
  • Diagonal
  • Dickens
  • Dike
  • Donnellson
  • Doon
  • Dows
  • Dubuque
  • Dumont
  • Dunkerton
  • Dunlap
  • Durant
  • Dyersville
  • Dysart
  • Eagle Grove
  • Earlham
  • Earling
  • Eddyville
  • Edgewood
  • Eldon
  • Eldora
  • Eldridge
  • Elgin
  • Elk Horn
  • Elkader
  • Ellsworth
  • Ely
  • Emerson
  • Emmetsburg
  • Epworth
  • Essex
  • Estherville
  • Everly
  • Exira
  • Fairbank
  • Fairfield
  • Farley
  • Farragut
  • Fayette
  • Fenton
  • Ferguson
  • Fontanelle
  • Forest City
  • Fort Dodge
  • Fort Madison
  • Fredericksburg
  • Fremont
  • Garnavillo
  • Garner
  • Garwin
  • George
  • Gilbert
  • Gillett Grove
  • Gilman
  • Gladbrook
  • Glenwood
  • Glidden
  • Goldfield
  • Goose Lake
  • Gowrie
  • Graettinger
  • Grand Junction
  • Grand Mound
  • Granger
  • Granville
  • Greene
  • Greenfield
  • Grimes
  • Grinnell
  • Griswold
  • Grundy Center
  • Guthrie Center
  • Guttenberg
  • Hamburg
  • Hampton
  • Harlan
  • Hartley
  • Hartwick
  • Hastings
  • Havelock
  • Hawarden
  • Henderson
  • Hiawatha
  • Hills
  • Hinton
  • Holstein
  • Hornick
  • Hospers
  • Hubbard
  • Hudson
  • Hull
  • Humboldt
  • Humeston
  • Huxley
  • Ida Grove
  • Independence
  • Indianola
  • Inwood
  • Iowa City
  • Iowa Falls
  • Janesville
  • Jefferson
  • Jesup
  • Jewell
  • Johnston
  • Kalona
  • Kamrar
  • Kanawha
  • Kensett
  • Keokuk
  • Keosauqua
  • Keota
  • Keystone
  • Kingsley
  • Knoxville
  • La Porte City
  • Lake City
  • Lake Mills
  • Lake Park
  • Lake View
  • Lamoni
  • Lansing
  • Latimer
  • Laurel
  • Laurens
  • Lawton
  • Le Claire
  • Le Mars
  • Lehigh
  • Lenox
  • Leon
  • Letts
  • Liberty Center
  • Lime Springs
  • Lineville
  • Lisbon
  • Livermore
  • Logan
  • Lone Tree
  • Lost Nation
  • Lovilia
  • Lu Verne
  • Lynnville
  • Madrid
  • Malcom
  • Mallard
  • Malvern
  • Manchester
  • Manilla
  • Manly
  • Manning
  • Manson
  • Mapleton
  • Maquoketa
  • Marcus
  • Marengo
  • Marion
  • Marshalltown
  • Martelle
  • Martensdale
  • Mason City
  • Massena
  • Maxwell
  • Maynard
  • McCallsburg
  • McClelland
  • McGregor
  • Mechanicsville
  • Mediapolis
  • Melbourne
  • Melcher-Dallas
  • Melcher-Dallas
  • Meriden
  • Miles
  • Milford
  • Millersburg
  • Minburn
  • Missouri Valley
  • Mitchellville
  • Mondamin
  • Monona
  • Montezuma
  • Monticello
  • Moorhead
  • Morning Sun
  • Moscow
  • Moulton
  • Mount Ayr
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Mount Vernon
  • Moville
  • Murray
  • Muscatine
  • Nashua
  • Neola
  • Nevada
  • New Hampton
  • New London
  • New Market
  • New Sharon
  • Newell
  • Newhall
  • Newton
  • Nora Springs
  • North English
  • North Liberty
  • Northwood
  • Norwalk
  • Norway
  • Oakdale
  • Oakland
  • Oakville
  • Ocheyedan
  • Odebolt
  • Oelwein
  • Ogden
  • Okoboji
  • Olin
  • Onawa
  • Oran
  • Orange City
  • Orient
  • Osage
  • Osceola
  • Oskaloosa
  • Ottumwa
  • Oxford
  • Oxford Junction
  • Packwood
  • Palmer
  • Palo
  • Panama
  • Panora
  • Parkersburg
  • Patterson
  • Paullina
  • Pella
  • Peosta
  • Perry
  • Plainfield
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Pleasantville
  • Pocahontas
  • Pomeroy
  • Postville
  • Prairie City
  • Preston
  • Primghar
  • Ralston
  • Readlyn
  • Red Oak
  • Reinbeck
  • Remsen
  • Riceville
  • Richland
  • Ringsted
  • Riverside
  • Robins
  • Rock Rapids
  • Rock Valley
  • Rockford
  • Rockwell
  • Rockwell City
  • Rudd
  • Runnells
  • Ruthven
  • Sabula
  • Sac City
  • Saint Ansgar
  • Saint Anthony
  • Saint Charles
  • Salix
  • Schaller
  • Schleswig
  • Scranton
  • Sergeant Bluff
  • Seymour
  • Sheffield
  • Shelby
  • Sheldon
  • Shell Rock
  • Shellsburg
  • Shenandoah
  • Sibley
  • Sidney
  • Sigourney
  • Sioux Center
  • Sioux City
  • Sioux Rapids
  • Slater
  • Sloan
  • Solon
  • South English
  • Spencer
  • Sperry
  • Spillville
  • Spirit Lake
  • Springville
  • Stanhope
  • Stanton
  • Stanwood
  • State Center
  • Storm Lake
  • Story City
  • Stratford
  • Strawberry Point
  • Stuart
  • Sully
  • Sumner
  • Superior
  • Swea City
  • Swisher
  • Tabor
  • Tama
  • Terril
  • Thompson
  • Thornburg
  • Thornton
  • Tiffin
  • Tipton
  • Titonka
  • Toledo
  • Traer
  • Treynor
  • Tripoli
  • Troy Mills
  • Truro
  • Underwood
  • Union
  • Unionville
  • Urbana
  • Urbandale
  • Vail
  • Van Horne
  • Van Meter
  • Ventura
  • Victor
  • Villisca
  • Vinton
  • Walcott
  • Wall Lake
  • Walnut
  • Wapello
  • Washington
  • Waterloo
  • Waucoma
  • Waukee
  • Waukon
  • Waverly
  • Wayland
  • Webster City
  • Wellman
  • Wellsburg
  • Wesley
  • West Bend
  • West Branch
  • West Burlington
  • West Des Moines
  • West Liberty
  • West Point
  • West Union
  • Westside
  • What Cheer
  • Wheatland
  • Whiting
  • Williamsburg
  • Wilton
  • Winterset
  • Winthrop
  • Woden
  • Woodbine
  • Woodward
  • Woolstock
  • Wyoming
  • Zearing
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