Business Licenses

Requirements
The City of Dubuque does not currently require a license for most standard businesses. However, business licenses are required for the following:

Junk/Salvage Sales- Buying or receiving old or scrap metals, motorized vehicles, or parts thereof, or tires for resale in whole or in part as junk or as used parts. Licenses expire January 31st of each year and have an annual fee of $75.

Pawn Broker -
Person who makes loans or advancements upon pawn, pledge, or deposit of personal property or who receives personal property as security for a loan.  Licenses expire January 31st of each year and have an annual fee of $75.

Secondhand Dealer - Person who purchases or receives used goods or materials for the purpose of resale. Licenses expire January 31st of each year and have an annual fee of $75.

Pawn Broker, Secondhand Dealer and Junk/Salvage Sales businesses are required by ordinance to provide an electronic transaction of all articles of any kind purchased or received using the city's electronic reporting system.  This system is known as LeadsOnline. Click here to access the quickstart guide.
  
Solicitor's License (Peddler, Transient Merchant, Door-to-Door Sales) -
Offering or exposing goods, wares, merchandise, products or services for sale or taking orders for future delivery.  Minimum of 60 days with a fee of $100 and a maximum of 180 days with a fee of $300.
 
Taxicab Business - Any business who operates a motor vehicle in the transportation of persons and who receives compensation for this service. Licenses expire March 31st of each year and have an annual fee of $15 per license and $30 per vehicle.
 
Taxicab Driver Permit - Any person who is employed by a Taxicab Business and operates a motor vehicle in the transportation of persons. Permits expire December 31st of each year and have an annual fee of $10. 

Click here for the Secondhand Dealer, Pawn Broker, Junk & Salvage Sales application and ordinance.

Click here  for the Solicitor's License application and ordinance.

Click here  for the Taxi Business License application and ordinance.

Click here  for the Taxi Driver Permit application.

City Contacts for Commercial Store-Front Businesses
Contact any of the following departments:
Planning Services Department
City Hall
50 W. 13th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.589.4210

Building Services Department
City Hall
50 W.13th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.589.4150
Fire Headquarters
11 W. 9th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.589.4160

Health Services Department
City Hall Annex
1300 Main St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.589.4181
Contacts for In-Home Businesses
For information on zoning requirements for in-home business, contact:
City of Dubuque Planning Services Department
City Hall
50 W. 13th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.589.4210

Contacts for Information on Starting a Business
Iowa Department of Revenue:
515.281.5777
800.367.3388

Federal Tax Identification:
513.684.2979
800.937.8864

ECIA (East Central Intergovernmental Association)
3999 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 200
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.556.4166
Small Business Development Center of Northeast Iowa
680 Main St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.588.3350

City of Dubuque Economic Development Department
City Hall
50 W. 13th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563.589.4393