With all businesses there are several regulations with which you must comply. The links below will get you in the right direction of knowing which regulations apply to you and who can help with each.

Iowa Business License Center  The City of West Des Moines does not require you to obtain a business license.  However, this site will help you decide which types of other licenses you may need.

Liquor License

Business Registration The Secretary of State website contains a great deal of information to help you meet state requirements for your business.

Iowa Employer Awareness Guide This guide outlines compliance areas for businesses including:
  • Required Workplace Postings
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Wage and Minimum Wage
  • Youth Employment
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
  • Tax Registration
  • I-9 Form
  • New Hire – Child Support
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EOE)/ Affirmative Action (AA)

Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Application Every business is required to have an EIN on file with the IRS.  This site is the application form.

Health Codes Your business may be subject to health codes.  Contact the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Environmental Health Services for more information.  For food safety codes contact theIowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Ordinance
The City of West Des Moines FOG Ordinance may apply to any business that involves food preparation.

Building Codes This link is updated with the current codes followed in the City of West Des Moines.

Zoning Regulations must be considered in determining which locations may work for your business and what the requirements of different zones will be.

The zoning map is also available online in pdf format.

OSHA Small Business Handbook The Occupational Safety and Health Administration handbook will help you comply with requirements to provide a safe work environment.


Other Regulations that May Apply:
DNR Air Quality Assistance Program
Polk County Air Quality Program
DNR Waste Management Program
Wetland Impact Permit Application
Storm Water Requirements

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