Games may only be conducted after a license has been issued by the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL). Applications should be received by DIAL at least 30 days prior to the intended start of activity.


"Amusement concession" means a game of skill or game of chance with an instant win possibility where, if the participant completes a task, the participant wins a prize. "Amusement concession" includes but is not limited to carnival-style games that are conducted by a person for profit. "Amusement concession" does not include casino-style games or amusement devices required to be registered pursuant to section 99B.53.

What You Need to Apply

  • A fully completed Amusement Concession application.
  • Non-refundable $50 license fee per game (check or money order made payable to DIAL or cash—in person only.)

License duration is one year.

Send Documents

Send all completed forms and applications to:

After You Apply

Once the application with the required documentation is received, the DIAL will review the paperwork and, if approved, a license will be mailed out. Please note the license is not valid until received and only valid during the period mentioned on the license.

You may call 515.281.6848 or send an email to with any questions.