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Administrative Rules

Administrative rules are adopted to implement laws that protect the public health, safety, welfare and environment, and to ensure the efficient administration of state government.  The Iowa Department of Public Health's administrative rules are located in the Iowa Administrative Code under the department's Agency Identification Number 641.  To access the Iowa Administrative Code:

Documents denoted by Adobe Acrobat Logo are available in Portable Document Format (.pdf).

The Regulatory Plan, Fiscal Year 2016  Adobe Acrobat Logo lists each potential rule currently under consideration or development within the department. The IDPH plan includes all potential rules under Iowa Administrative Code [641]: Public Health Department, [645]: Professional Licensure Division, [650] Dental Board, [653] Medicine Board, [655] Nursing Board and [657] Pharmacy Board.

The Rule-making Docket  Adobe Acrobat Logo is a listing of each pending rule-making proceeding.  A rule will appear on the docket from the time it is filed as notice of intended action until it is effective or terminated.

The Waiver Petition Form  Adobe Acrobat Logo may be completed by any person wishing to request a waiver, in whole or in part, of a department rule.  Instructions for completing the form are included with the form.  This form may be submitted via facsimile, or through the U.S. Mail.

A Waiver Reporting System has been developed that provides access to a listing of all waiver requests for all state agencies.

For more information: 

  • Kala Shipley, Agency Rules Administrator
    Iowa Department of Public Health
    Lucas State Office Building
    321 E. 12th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
    phone: (515) 281-4344
    fax: (515) 281-0488