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 $50 of the application fee is non-refundable if the mobile food vendor license is denied or if the application is withdrawn prior to issuance.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