Food Inspections


The Environmental Health Program is responsible for inspection, education, enforcement, and investigation of food establishments in Black Hawk County and surrounding areas. The Black Hawk County Health Department/Northeast Iowa Inspections contracts with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) to enforce the 2013 Food Code and Supplement in Black Hawk County and eight other counties in the area providing an average of 2,800 food inspections per year.


View the Food Borne Disease page to find out which counties are inspected.

Open A New Establishment

Opening a new food establishment checklist:
  1. Submit Plans to the Health Department 30 days prior to construction/remodel.
  2. Adhere to Basic Requirements for Food Service.
  3. Apply for a Food License.

Requirements for Food Service

Applications for Food Service Licenses