Food Safety

Food Safety

The Environmental Health Program is responsible for inspection, education, investigation and enforcement, of licensed food establishments in Black Hawk County as well as Benton, Buchanan, Bremer, Fayette and Grundy counties. The Black Hawk County Health Department contracts with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) to enforce the 2017 Food Code, its Supplements and the Iowa Administrative Code in our service area.

Click on the appropriate link below to find the guidelines and requirements needed for each type of food license/establishment, or to sign up for the Food Protection Manager Certification.

How to Open a New Establishment

Food Protection Manager Certification

Requirements and Guidelines for:

Food Establishments


In Home Bakeries

Farmer's Markets

Mobile Food Units and Pushcarts

Temporary Food Stands