Iowa Business Licenses

We help you obtain and maintain licenses for your business or nonprofit nationwide

General Iowa Guides & Resources

These guides provide detailed, step-by-step instructions for starting a business or nonprofit, registering with state authorities, and establishing a compliant organization.

Business Resources:

Construction License

Get your Iowa construction licenses. Harbor Compliance assists with initial and renewal registrations in every state.

How to Form an LLC

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions to form a limited liability company in Iowa. Do it yourself or purchase our formation service.

How to Incorporate

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate in Iowa. Do it yourself or purchase our incorporation service.

Licensing Resources

Iowa Business Licensing Guides and Information.

Start a Business

Total time, cost, and paperwork to start your business in Iowa today! Our affordable formation services are state-specific.

Nonprofit Resources:

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

Total cost, time, and how to start a nonprofit in Iowa. Instruction and services to assist with your non-profit formation.

Nonprofit Compliance

Comprehensive solutions (and free resources) to help manage your fundraising, tax exemption, license renewals, and other nonprofit compliance activities in Iowa, and across the US.


Iowa Business Licenses for Regulated Industries

Our licensing guides provide a wealth of information including requirements, filing instructions, fees, timelines to licensure, and more for a range of industries and activities.


Iowa Corporate Filings

These web pages provide detailed information on state filings required to form an entity, register a name, gain authority to operate, maintain good standing, and more.


Iowa Tax Filings

Find the information you need to register for state taxes or seek tax exemptions.


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

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  • 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

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  • 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
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  • Bode
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  • Bondurant
  • Boone
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  • Boyden
  • Breda
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  • 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
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  • Clinton
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  • Conrad
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Grimes
  • Grinnell
  • Griswold
  • Grundy Center
  • Guthrie Center
  • Guttenberg
  • Hamburg
  • Hampton
  • Harlan
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  • Hartwick
  • Hastings
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  • Hawarden
  • Henderson
  • Hiawatha
  • Hills
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  • Hubbard
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  • Independence
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  • Kalona
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  • Knoxville
  • La Porte City
  • Lake City
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  • Lake Park
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  • Lamoni
  • Lansing
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  • Laurel
  • Laurens
  • Lawton
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  • Le Mars
  • Lehigh
  • Lenox
  • Leon
  • Letts
  • Liberty Center
  • Lime Springs
  • Lineville
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  • Maxwell
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  • Mechanicsville
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  • Milford
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  • New Market
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  • Palo
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  • Panora
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  • Patterson
  • Paullina
  • Pella
  • Peosta
  • Perry
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  • Pleasant Hill
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Pleasantville
  • Pocahontas
  • Pomeroy
  • Postville
  • Prairie City
  • Preston
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  • Ralston
  • Readlyn
  • Red Oak
  • Reinbeck
  • Remsen
  • Riceville
  • Richland
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  • Riverside
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  • Shell Rock
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  • 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
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  • Wall Lake
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  • Wellman
  • Wellsburg
  • Wesley
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  • Zearing
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