City Clerk Licenses and Permits
In order to maintain the safety and well-being of our residents, many businesses and activities require either a permit or license. (Items marked with * also require an Iowa criminal history background check.)
The City of Cedar Rapids does not issue general business licenses.
Alcohol and Tobacco
Alcoholic beverages* | Cigarettes, tobacco, nicotine and vapor
Bowling alleys | Dance floors | Movie theaters | Pool tables | Skating rinks
Ambulances | Pedicabs | Taxicabs
For more information on the recent changes to taxicab, limousine and pedicab regulations please view the new Taxicab Ordinance or Pedicab Ordinance.
Mobile food | Peddlers and solicitors* | Transient merchants
Auctioneers | Business close-out sales
Massage therapy businesses | Pawnbrokers
The City Clerk’s Office staff shall, upon request, assist individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing by researching options such as providing sign language interpreters or the availability of assisted listening devices.
The City Clerk’s Office staff shall, upon request, assist individuals who are visually impaired/blind by providing text in alternate formats (e.g. large print, documents in Braille, audio cassette).