Anyone operating a food truck, food stand or food cart must submit a completed license application, a copy of their food service license 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 ($500 for Blue Zone certified operators), $300 for six months ($250 for Blue Zone certified operators) 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 $50 of the application fee is non-refundable if the mobile food vendor license is denied or if the application is withdrawn prior to issuance.
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Vending in Parks
Anyone selling goods or services from a specific location 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 can only sell for seven days at the same location.
Anyone selling goods or services door-to-door - peddlers sell their merchandise on the spot, while solicitors take orders for future delivery - 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.
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