Administrative Rules

As constituents and stakeholders in the mission of the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), you are invited and encouraged to participate in this rules review process. To access the administrative rule chapters, in which you have an interest, the Department has established a link to the Iowa General Assembly's Administrative Rules web site. DIA's administrative rules can be located in Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) under Agency 481 [Inspections and Appeals], Agency 486 [Employment Appeal Board], Agency 489 [Child Advocacy Board], Agency 491 [Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission], and Agency 493 [State Public Defender's Office]. In order to view the administrative rules, you will need to have an Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. (The Administrative Rules web site contains directions on how to obtain and install the Acrobat reader.)

DIA Rulemaking Process
Iowans interested in the administrative rules promulgated and administered by the Department may use the following links to access DIA's Regulatory Plan and Rules Docket.

  • The regulatory plan sets forth the manner in which DIA proposes to review its administrative rules

  • The rules docket shows all administrative rules currently in process by the Department from the time rules are noticed until their effective date.

Procedures for a Variance/Waiver Request
A waiver/variance from rules administered by the Department may be granted by the Director for good and sufficient reason when the need for a waiver/variance has been established. Click here to download a sample petition for a waiver or variance (MS Word format).

Comments or Questions on DIA's Administrative Rules

To facilitate participation and to encourage comments or suggestions on the Department's administrative rules, use the contact information on the next page to send an e-mail to the appropriate DIA division (based upon the subject matter).

Regulatory Assistance Initiative

Looking for assistance regarding regulatory approvals needed for a restaurant, long-term care facility, assisted living program, social or charitable gambling license, or bingo operation? Contact David Werning at (515) 281-7376, or by e-mail at

This is just one of a cohesive network of Iowa state agencies working together to reduce the time it takes to work through required regulations, letting you get your business up-and-running in no time. For additional business assistance, contact the Iowa Economic Development Authority at

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To contact us:

Lucas State Office Building

321 East 12th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319-0083

Phone: 515-281-7102

Fax: 515-242-6863


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