The Iowa Food Code defines a mobile food unit as a food establishment that is readily moveable, which either operates up to 3 consecutive days at one location or returns to a home base of operation at the end of each day.

Specific criteria include an installed, pressurized hand-washing unit with hot and cold water as described in the Iowa Food Code chapter 5 pages 119-121.

To properly complete an application

  1. First fill out the application form along with all of the appropriate information regarding the application.
  2. Deliver or mail the application and fee to the Public Health Department between 8:00-4:30, Monday through Friday.

The department currently only accepts cash, personal or cashiers check, or money order.

Application and Requirements

Mobile Food Application
Mobile Food Unit Operation Guide

Additional Guidance Documents

Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 30 & Chapter 31, and Iowa Code Chapter 137F