DIA offers additional platform to renew some food licenses

DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals this week announced the launch of a new user-friendly online platform, in partnership with three other state agencies.

GovConnectIowa is now available for Iowa business owners and business tax filers. DIA is joined in the initial rollout by the Iowa Department of Revenue, the Iowa Lottery Authority, and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

On the new site, business owners now have streamlined access to:

  • Register or renew certain business licenses and permits
  • Pay certain license and permit fees
  • File sales, use, withholding, and fuel tax returns and reports
  • Submit deposits or payments for sales, use, withholding, and fuel taxes
  • Communicate with state agencies

Business owners may visit govconnect.iowa.gov to register their business and access these services now.

At present, the two DIA licenses that Iowa businesses can renew via the GovConnectIowa portal are food service establishment and retail food establishment licenses.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer one more way for Iowa food businesses to renew their licenses in a more efficient manner," said DIA Director Larry Johnson, Jr. "Business owners and managers can access the secure site from anywhere, at any time, by computer, tablet, or smartphone."

The department will participate in two webinars to be offered in December and January. Food and Consumer Safety Bureau Chief Mark Speltz will discuss how a food business can create a DIA user account, how to associate all of their food businesses to their DIA user account, and how to renew the two available license types.

The rollout of GovConnectIowa is a multi-year project. DIA anticipates adding the availability to renew other license types in future phases.

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