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Licensing & Registration


DIA handles licensing, certification, and registration for food businesses, hotels, nursing assistants, health facilities, amusement devices, and social and charitable gambling.



Submit a complaint for DIA to review about:

  • Restaurants, bars, convenience and grocery stores, home bakeries, food processing plants
  • Hotels, motels, or bed-and-breakfast inns
  • Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, hospitals, hospices, elder group homes
  • Dependent adult abuse
  • Administrative law judges who work for DIA



Records requests can be made by filling out DIA's online form, by phone, fax or mail, or in person.

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0083
T: 515.281.7102
F: 515.281.6863

Some records you can access online via DIA's online databases:

Governor's Award for Quality Care

Each year, thousands of Iowans receive compassionate care in nursing facilities, residential care facilities, and intermediate care facilities serving persons with mental illness or intellectual disabilities. Too often, these facilities, their staff, and the quality services they provide go unnoticed by the general public. The GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR QUALITY CARE was designed to publicly recognize those facilities that demonstrate the highest quality of care and commitment to their residents.

These facilities deserve to be recognized for their achievements. If you know of a licensed long-term care facility in Iowa that excels in providing quality care to its residents, please take this opportunity to download the PDF form to nominate that facility for the GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR QUALITY CARE. Or, click the link below to complete and submit the nomination form online.

Registration for Consumable Hemp Products

Registration for consumable hemp products with DIA is not yet available. It is estimated at this time that registration will be available beginning in March 2021. 

Consumable hemp products include, but are not limited to: food, chew or snuff, or topical application (e.g., lotions, tinctures).

If you have an inquiry about growing hemp or applying for a hemp license or seed permit, please contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at 515.725.1470.

Read the adopted, filed, and submitted Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 32 Consumable Hemp Products.

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