Food Inspections

Interested in Home-based Food Operations?

Check out the Home-Based Food Operations Regulations and Food Safety Workshop provided by ISU Extension and Outreach Food Safety Extension Specialist-Dr. Shannon Coleman. Classes are limited to 30 participants. Click here to register.  Questions please contact 

  • Nov 3, 2018 - Ames
  • Dec 3, 2018 - Dubuque


The Environmental Health Program is responsible for inspection, education, enforcement, and investigation of food establishments in Black Hawk County and surrounding areas. The Black Hawk County Health Department/Northeast Iowa Inspections contracts with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) to enforce the 2013 Food Code and Supplement in Black Hawk County and eight other counties in the area providing an average of 2,800 food inspections per year.


View the Food Borne Disease page to find out which counties are inspected.

Open A New Establishment

Opening a new food establishment checklist:
  1. Submit Plans to the Health Department 30 days prior to construction/remodel.
  2. Adhere to Basic Requirements for Food Service.
  3. Apply for a Food License.

Requirements for Food Service

Applications for Food Service Licenses