City Clerk Licenses and Permits

Contact Information
Office of the City Clerk
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Phone: 319-286-5060   
Fax: 888-966-0171
Hours 
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Vendor Licenses

Mobile food vendors

Anyone operating a food truck, food stand or food cart must submit a completed license application, a copy of their food service license from the Linn County Public Health Department and a Certificate of Liability Insurance to the City Clerk's Office. Operators of drivable vehicles must include a copy of the vehicle registration. All new applicants must also provide color photographs of the vending unit. Vendors wishing to secure a reserved parking space in the City’s downtown area will need to submit the application to the City Clerk’s Office before applying with Park Cedar Rapids.

Fee:
$550 for an annual license,

$300 for six months or

$100 for one week.

$50 of the application fee is non-refundable if the mobile food vendor license is denied or if the application is withdrawn prior to issuance.

Information Packet

Application Checklist

Get the Application

Vending & Special Events

Vending in Parks

Transient merchants
Anyone holding a temporary outdoor sale of goods or services must submit a completed license application and proof of the property owner's permission to the City Clerk's Office. A $1,000 surety bond and a Certificate of Liability Insurance must also be supplied. Transient merchants are licensed for a specific location, and the sale cannot last longer than seven days or take place more than once every 30 days in the same location. Personal garage sales are not subject to this licensing requirement.

Fee:
$35 for one week or

$20 for one day.

Application Checklist

Get the application



Vending & Special Events


Peddlers and solicitors
Anyone selling goods or services door-to-door must submit a completed license application and criminal history background check form to the City Clerk's Office. A $1,000 surety bond and a Certificate of Liability Insurance must also be supplied. Vendors may operate between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Fee:
$200 for an annual license,

$65 for one month,

$35 for one week or

$20 for one day,

plus $15 for the Iowa criminal history background check. 

Get the application

Background check form

 
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