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 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 numbered 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, plus a $50 transfer fee for licensees who move to a different numbered parking space downtown. $50 of the application fee is non-refundable if the mobile food vendor license is denied or if the application is withdrawn prior to issuance.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 in Parks

Peddlers and solicitors

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 

Get the application 

Background check form 


Transient merchants

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.

Fee: $200 for an annual license, $65 for one month, $35 for one week or $20 for one day

Get the application 

 

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