Building & Planning
Fences in Front Yards are not to exceed 4 feet, except at corners lots where they may not exceed 2 ½ feet. In side and rear yards fences are not to exceed 8 feet in height.
It is unlawful for a person to use barbed wire or electric fences to enclose land within City limits.
No fence can obstruct the view of public roads, streets, or alleys.
No tree shall be planted in any parking or public right-of-way.
No tree shall be planted where there is less than 2 ½ feet of soil on all sides of said tree.
No tree shall be planted where overhead power lines exist.
A building permit and Iowa Once Call needs to be approved before any tree planting.
Whether you're trenching in a field, planting a tree or digging a foundation, Iowa law requires everyone to locate underground utilities before digging. First, notify Iowa One Call to begin the process, then wait 48 hours (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays) BEFORE any digging begins. Call or click before you dig. This service is FREE and it's the law.
One Call Phone # - 1-800-292-8989
No accessory building shall be erected in any court or front yard. Accessory buildings shall be a distance of at least five feet from any alley, rear or side lot lines in residential districts. Any accessory building, which is not a part of the main building, cannot occupy more than 30% of the rear yard and shall not exceed eighteen feet in height.
The Mayor is responsible for determining a dangerous building. A dangerous building is one that is:
A Fire Hazard
A detriment to safety, health or public welfare
All such unsafe buildings are declared to be public nuisances and shall be abated by repair, rehabilitation, demolition, or removal.
The purpose of the R-1 Residential District is to provide a quiet, spacious, living neighborhood in which residents are protected from hazards such as fire, and nuisances such as noise, odors, vibrations, congestion, and environmental and aesthetic degradation.
For any zoning questions please call City Hall at 641-522-7066.