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General City Licenses

General City Licenses include licenses such as haulers, kennels, bowling alleys, tree trimmers, pool tables and video games. These licenses are annual and run from January 1st to December 31st. Notices about license renewals are sent out in mid-November. The associated license fee must be paid to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk Fees for online payment). Please note that certain licenses require proof of insurance and that the City be listed as an additional insured on the insurance policy. General City License applications can be found by clicking here.

Massage Establishment City Licenses

All massage establishments are required to obtain a Massage Establishment City License (including any massage business or service offered in conjunction with or as a part of any health club, health spa, resort or health resort, gymnasium, athletic club or other business). Each massage business shall obtain a separate permit and each permit is only valid for one location. Massage establishment licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance. For new applications, the applicant must complete the Massage Establishment Application for City Permit (found by clicking here), a DCI Background Check form (found by clicking here), complete all required inspections, and pay the associated license fee to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk Fees for online payment).

Peddler and Solicitor City Licenses

Peddler and Solicitor licenses pertain to the selling of goods door-to-door or upon the street. These licenses are annual and run from January 1st to December 31st. Notices about license renewals are sent out in mid-November. In addition to completing the Peddler or Solicitor City License application that can be found by clicking here, applicants also need to complete a DCI Background Check form (click here for form) and provide proof of inspection by the Building and Neighborhood Services Department and Department of Inspections and Appeals, if applicable. Additionally, applicants must confirm with the State if they are required to obtain a sales tax certificate. The associated license fee must be paid to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk Fees for online payment).

Transient Merchant City Licenses

Transient Merchant licenses are for vendors/applicants that will only be selling goods for a specified period of time (e.g., 1 day, 1 week, 3 weeks). These licenses are generally issued for the period of time that the applicant will be conducting sales and are not renewed on an annual basis. In addition to completing the Transient Merchant City License application that can be found by clicking here, applicants also need to complete a DCI Background Check form (click here for form) and provide proof of inspection by the Building and Neighborhood Services Department and the Department of Inspections of Appeals, if applicable. Additionally, applicants must confirm with the State if they are required to obtain a sales tax certificate. The associated license fee must be paid to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk Fees for online payment).

Vehicle for Hire Business Licenses

Applicants wishing to operate a limousine or taxi cab business must apply for City license for a Vehicle for Hire Business. These business licenses are annual and run from January 1st to December 31st. Notices about license renewals are sent out in mid-November. For both new applications and renewals, the applicant must complete the following steps in order to for their application to be considered for approval by the City Clerk’s office:

1. Complete the Vehicle for Hire Business Application for City License (found by clicking here), including providing all information on owner/s of the business and the vehicles that will be operated by the business.
2. Complete a DCI Background Check form (found by clicking here).
3. Provide current year ASE Certified Vehicle Inspection Reports for each vehicle used for the business.
4. Provide proof of automobile insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 for each vehicle used for the business (Iowa Code §325A.6(2)).
5. Provide a copy of the business insignia used to designate motor vehicles used for the business.
6. Pay the associated license fee to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk Fees for online payment).

Vehicle for Hire Driver’s City Licenses

Applicants wishing to be a limousine or taxi cab driver must apply for a City license for a Vehicle for Hire Driver’s License. These licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance. In order to avoid a lapse in licensure, applicants should apply to renew their city license at least 30 days before their expiration date listed on their photo ID. For both new applications and renewals, the applicant must complete the following steps in order to for their application to be considered for approval by the City Clerk’s office:

1. Complete the Vehicle for Hire Driver’s Application for City License (found by clicking here).
2. Complete a DCI Background Check form (found by clicking here).
3. Provide proof of a valid Iowa driver’s license.
4. Pay the associated license fee to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk Fees for online payment).