Zoning and Nuisances

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Iowa City's Zoning Ordinance encompasses those laws that control land use in a municipality. The ordinance describes the specific zones delineated in Iowa City and regulates which uses are permitted there. It also specifies the various dimensional requirements for lot size, building setbacks, height limitations, signs, parking spaces, and other regulated uses.

Access the complete zoning ordinance (City Code: Title 14 Zoning Code, Unified Development Code). Housing and Inspection Services answers Zoning Ordinance questions either by phone at 319-356-5120 or by email at cmarx@iowa-city.org.

Iowa City's Nuisance Ordinance regulates those situations that can be defined as public nuisances. These can include, but are not limited to, such things as the accumulation of junk and garbage on private property, tall grass or weeds, snow not shoveled off of public sidewalks, the storage of inoperable vehicles, graffiti, dead trees on private property, and vacant buildings.

Access the complete nuisance city ordinance for more information on the most common zoning/nuisance types and enforcement procedures.

If you would like to register a complaint about any of these nuisances, call 319-356-5120.

Zoning Common Complaints