The Presidential General Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Linn County voters have several options when casting ballots:
Learn more at LinnCounty.org/Vote.
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Work permits can either be obtained at the school your child attends or through the Iowa Workforce Development Center, call 319-365-9474, or visit their location on the Lower Level of Lindale Mall:
4444 First Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
In order to obtain a permit, you must present a certified copy of your child's birth certificate to the Iowa Workforce Development Center.
You can appeal your assessment with the City of Cedar Rapids Assessor or you can call the Cedar Rapids Assessor's Office at 319-286-5888 if you live within the city limits. If you live outside the city limits of Cedar Rapids, you will want to appeal your assessment with the Linn County Assessor or you can call that office at 319-892-5220.
The homestead credit is a property tax credit for residents of the state of Iowa who own and occupy their homestead on July 1 and for at least six months of the calendar year. It is a tax credit funded by the State of Iowa for qualifying homeowners, and is based on the first $4,850 of actual value of the homestead. You can apply for this in person at the Assessors Office or online. Pre-populated Homestead Tax Credit Application Forms are available to be printed from within your parcel on our website. Under "Real Estate Search" enter your property address. When you are in the parcel that your home is on, next to "Homestead" click on the "here" link. This will bring up the Homestead form that needs to be printed, filled out, signed and returned to our office. For questions, contact us at 319-892-5220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans who served in active duty and who were honorably discharged are eligible to receive a military exemption on their property taxes. If you served in the military and were on active duty for 18 months you are eligible for a military exemption. Pursuant to Iowa law, the reduction in taxable value is determined by the dates and amount of time the veteran served in active duty. The reduction of taxable value for World War I veterans is $2,778 and $1,852 for all other periods of service. Former and current members of the Iowa National Guard and reserve forces need not have performed active duty if they served at least 20 years. You can apply for this in person in the Assessors Office or click here for the form that will be mailed to you to request the Military Exemption Application.
Your local assessor has forms that you need to complete, sign, and file for the homestead credit and/or military exemption. That office can also tell you the qualifications for each. Iowa law provides for a number of exemptions and credits, including homestead credit and military exemption. It is the property owner's responsibility to apply for these as provided by law at the Assessor's office in their jurisdiction. If the property you were occupying as a homestead is sold, or if you cease to use the property as a homestead you are required to report this to the assessor in whose jurisdiction the property is located. Click here to request the form for the Homestead and/or Military Application Forms.
Depending on when the homestead credit application or military exemption application was signed by the property owner, it may be more than 24 months for the credit or exemption to appear on the property tax statement. July 1 of the current assessment year is the deadline for filing for the homestead credit or military exemption for the current assessment year. If the July 1 deadline is missed, the exemption or credit will not be applicable until the next assessment year. As an example, if a property owner applied for the homestead credit on July 2, 2009, they have missed the July 1 deadline for assessment year 2009. The property owner is now applying for the homestead credit for assessment year 2010. The property owner will not receive a property tax statement for levies against the 2010 taxable value until August or September 2011.
No, once you have signed for your homestead exemption it stays in effect until a change of ownership is recorded or until the owner requests that the exemption be removed.
Yes, you have to sign for a homestead exemption any time you move.
There are several more exemptions that may be applied for at your local assessor's office. Each type of exemption has specific criteria and rules. Some are one time sign up and others must be applied for annually. Please check with your local assessor to see if you qualify for any of the following:
-Barn & One-Room Schoolhouse
-Data Center business Property Exemption
-Disabled and Senior Citizens Property Tax Credit/Rent Reimbursement
-Disabled Veteran Homestead
-Family Farm Credit
-Forest & Fruit Tree Reservations
-Industrial Property, Research service Facilities, Warehouses, Distribution Center and Cattle Facilities
-Low Rent Housing
-Methane Gas Conversion Property
-Mobile Home Reduced Tax Rate
-Manufactured Home Community or Mobile Home Park Storm Shelter
-Pollution Control and Recycling
-Religious, Literary, and Charitable Societies
-Special Assessment for Elderly and Disabled
-Web Search Portal
-Wind Energy Property
The local assessor is appointed by a conference board to a six year term. All assessors must have successfully passed the assessor exam given by the Department of Revenue. Each assessor must successfully complete 150 hours of formal continuing education in order to be eligible for reappointment.
The conference board for the county assessor is comprised of the county supervisors, the mayors of incorporated towns in the county, and a school board member from each school district in the county. The conference board for the city assessor is comprised of the county supervisors, city council members, and the school board members.
Depending on the classification of the property, the assessment is to represent the market value of the property unless otherwise provided by Iowa Code. Residential, agricultural dwellings, commercial, and industrial classed properties are to be assessed at market value. Changes in market value as indicated by research, sales ratio studies and analysis of local conditions as well as economic trends both in and outside the construction industry are used in determining your assessment. Agricultural land and buildings are valued on productivity and net earning capacity.
Real estate parcels are annually assigned a property classification by the assessor. This classification is to be consistent with the primary use of the property. There are four classifications of property in Iowa. These classes are agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial. Classification may not necessarily be the same as the zoning of the property.
Market value of a property is an estimate of the price that it would sell for on the open market on January 1st of the year of assessment. This is sometimes referred to as the 'arms length transaction' or 'willing buyer/willing seller' concept.
To estimate the market value of your property, the Assessor generally uses three approaches. The first approach is to find properties that are comparable to yours which have sold recently. Local conditions peculiar to your property are taken into consideration. The assessor also uses sales ratio studies to determine the general level of assessment in a community, in order to adjust for local conditions. This method is generally referred to as the MARKET APPROACH and usually considered the most important in determining the value of residential property. The second approach is the COST APPROACH and is an estimate of how many dollars at current labor and material prices it would take to replace your property with one similar to it. In the event improvement is not new, appropriate amounts for depreciation and obsolescence would be deducted from replacement value. Value of the land then would be added to arrive at the total estimate of value. The INCOME APPROACH is the third method used if your property produces income such as an apartment or office building. In that case, your property could be valued according to its ability to produce income under prudent management; in other words, what another investor would give for a property in order to gain its income. The income approach is the most complex of the three approaches because of the research, information and analysis necessary for an accurate estimate of value. This method requires thorough knowledge of local and national financial conditions, as well as any developmental trends in the area of the subject property being appraised since errors or inaccurate information can seriously affect the final estimate of value.
State law requires all properties to be reassessed every two years. Current law requires the reassessment to occur in odd numbered years. If necessary, assessors may reassess property every year.
Assessment notices are mailed on or before April 1st whenever there is a change in assessment to a taxpayer's property.
Property owners who would like to challenge their assessment may file a written appeal with the local board of review between April 2nd and April 30th. In odd numbered years when an equalization order is issued by the Department of Revenue, property owners may file a written appeal between October 9th and October 31st. Petition forms to the board of review are available at the local assessor's office.
The local Board of Review is composed of either three or five members who are familiar with local market conditions and trends. According to Iowa law, one member must be a farmer, one a licensed real estate broker, and one a registered architect or contractor. The Board of Review reviews all petitions and has the power to confirm or to adjust upward or downward any assessment. The Board operates independently of the Assessor's Office.
The Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB) is a state agency created for the purpose of establishing a consistent, fair and equitable property assessment appeal process. Decisions of the local Board of Review may be appealed to PAAB. One member of the board shall be a certified real estate appraiser or hold a professional appraisal designation, one member shall be an attorney practicing in the area of state and local taxation or property tax appraisals, and one member shall be a professional with experience in the field of accounting or finance and with experience in state and local taxation matters. Property Assessment Appeal Board website.
The Iowa Department of Revenue imposes equalization orders in odd-numbered years for each property class, except industrial, in each of the 107 assessing jurisdictions. Equalization is accomplished by increasing or decreasing the aggregate valuations for certain classes of property within assessing jurisdictions by the percentage necessary to adjust the level of assessment to actual value.
The Iowa Department of Revenue is responsible for "equalizing" assessments every two years. Following is a general explanation of the purpose of equalization. The Department compares the assessors' abstracts to a "sales assessment ratio study" it has completed independently of the assessors. If the assessment (by Property class) is 5 percent or move above or below the sales ratio study, the Department increases or decreases the assessment. (There is no sales ratio study for agricultural and industrial property.). Equalization occurs on an entire class of property, not on individual property. Also, equalization occurs on an assessing jurisdiction basis, not on a statewide basis. Equalization is important because it helps maintain equitable assessments among classes of property and among assessing jurisdictions. This contributes to a more fair distribution of state aid, such as aid to schools. It also helps to equally distribute the total tax burden within the area.
A notice will be issued in each jurisdiction receiving an equalization order. The notice will be published in the newspaper which is the "official publication" for the jurisdiction. The press release will be issued on or around October 1st in odd numbered years.
Each year, assessed values are subject to a rollback factor determined by the Director of Revenue creating a taxable value. Property tax is calculated by applying a levy rate to the taxable value. Levy rates and rollbacks change from year to year therefore adjusting the amount of property tax.
Taxable value is the value determined by the county auditor after application of a rollback factor to the assessed value. Taxable value is calculated by multiplying the rollback rate for the correct property class by the equalized 100% actual value.
The rollback rate is a statewide rate set annually for each property class by the Iowa Department of Revenue. More than 20 years ago, residential property values were rising quickly. To help cushion the impact of high inflation, the Legislature passed an assessment limitation law called rollback. Increases in assessed values for residential and agricultural property are subject to this assessment limitation formula. If the statewide increase in values of homes and farms exceeds 4 percent due to revaluation, their values are "rolled back" so that the total increase statewide is 4 percent. Rollback is also available for industrial and commercial property when necessary. This does not mean that the assessment on your home will increase by only 4 percent. The rollback is applied on a class of property, not an individual property. This means that the statewide total taxable value can increase by only 4 percent due to revaluation.
There are a number of different taxing districts in a jurisdiction, each with a different levy rate. Each year the county auditor determines for that district a levy rate that will yield enough money to fund the different entities in that district. The entities include local schools, counties, cities, townships, community colleges, local assessors, and others. Since more than on taxing authority is calculating a tax rate for the property, all the rates are added together, resulting in a single tax levy called a consolidated levy. This consolidated levy is always the result of two or more tax rates established by different government entities.
Your property taxes fund:
- K - 12 Schools (42%)
- Counties (21.7%)
- Cities (29.7%)
- Hospitals (2.0%)
- Merged Area Schools (2.1%)
- Assessors (1.1%)
- Townships (0.6%)
- Agricultural Extension District (0.4%)
- Miscellaneous (0.4%)
If you would like to become a registered voter please fill out the voter registration form and mail it in to the Linn County Auditor's Office.
You may mail the form to:
Linn County Election Services935 2nd Street SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100 Voter Registration Form
Linn County Election Services935 2nd Street SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100 Absentee Ballot Request Form
The only time a voter is required to show identification is when a voter has become Inactive and decides to vote.
Poll workers may ask for identification to verify your information.
It is helpful to have your ID and Voter's Registration Card ready before you get to the sign in table.
There is also a web link where results maybe viewed as they come in.
The election results will not appear until the polls have closed.
11 Days before all other elections Pre-registering before an election places your name in the Election Register at your polling place and will make for a hassle-free voting experience. If you are not in the Election Register when appearing at your polling place, you must prove your identity and residence before being allowed to vote. This will take time and documentation. It is highly recommended that you register to vote or update your registration prior to the Pre-registration Deadline.
If you have questions please contact us at 319.892.5300 or email@example.com. Supervisor District Maps
http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu (State of Iowa)
http://www.terraserver.com/providers/usgs_urban.asp (Urbanized Areas Nationwide)
You may pick up a burn permit at the Public Health Department located at:
1020 6th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Please call 319-892-6000 with any questions.
Treasurer’s Office/Motor Vehicle Department Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center 935 2nd Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 319-892-5500 Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control319-286-5993
2018 IBC-IRC Building Ordinance Building Regulations
2017 NEC Electrical Ordinance Electrical Regulations
2018 IMC-IFGC Mechanical Ordinance Mechanical Regulations
2018 Plumbing Ordinance Plumbing Regulations
2015 IFC Fire Regulations Fire Regulations
Code books may be obtained from the International Code Council.
View current building and construction codes.
Permit fees are established to offset the cost of administering the building codes including plan review, inspection, inspector vehicles, staff support and record keeping. Building permit fees are calculated based on the valuation of the building or the work (material and labor) involved. In most cases, the building department determines the valuation based on square footage of various components. Please see our Building Permit Fee Table (attached) or contact the Building Division at (319) 892-5130 for an estimate on the permit fee.
Yes. Alterations and repairs require building permits. Certain work is exempt from permits, for example: painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work. If you have questions about whether a building permit is required, please call (319) 892-5130.
Inspections are required at various stages of work in progress before that work is covered up. Footings require inspection before pouring concrete. Underground electrical, mechanical and plumbing work is inspected before covering. Rough in electrical, mechanical, plumbing and framing must be inspected & approved before covering with insulation or finish material (gypsum board). Inspections are also required on gas piping systems and electrical services. An approved final inspection is required before the building may be occupied. Note that Linn County inspectors are trained and certified as combination inspectors, which means each inspector is responsible for inspecting all trades. Please view these handouts for further information: Inspection Required - Detached Garages & Accessory Inspection Required - New Construction & Additions Inspection Required - Remodeling and other work at the link below. Office staff are available from 7:30 - 5 each workday at (319) 892-5130 to take your inspection requests. (It is not necessary to speak to an inspector to set up an inspection. For better service, please do not leave an inspection request on voice mail). Allow at least twenty- four hours if you need a specific time for an inspection. Inspection requests made on the same day, a specific time cannot be given, it will be worked in the schedule where possible.
Typically, inspectors are in the field performing inspections from 9:30 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. The best time to reach an inspector in the office is 8:00 – 9:00 in the morning and 4:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon. We can on a case by case basis, do inspections between 8:00 - 9:30 when needed. Unlike some city jurisdictions, Linn County inspectors do not return to the office over the lunch hour due to the driving distances involved in the county. Our office phone number is (319) 892-5130.
Separate building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits are required. Application for a building permit includes the submittal of electronic .pdf construction drawings. In order to determine a valuation and permit fee, please include the area in square feet for: each floor, finished basement, unfinished basement, garage, decks and porches. Plans are thoroughly reviewed by an inspector for code compliance before issuance of the building permit. Electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits must be obtained and work performed by contractors licensed (Master A) in the respective trade. A homeowner may obtain these permits as long as they reside in the residence. For further information view our Single Family Dwelling Form at the website link below. Before the above permits can be issued, the Planning & Zoning Division must verify that all zoning requirements are met and must also approve a site plan. Planning and Development staff can assist in creating your site plan, but you will need to be able to provide the location of the proposed structure, distances from lot lines and well and septic drainage field locations. Contact the Linn County Planning and Development Department for information on required submittals for constructing a new house or garage at (319) 892-5130. Contact the Public Health Department at (319) 892-6000 for information on well and septic system permits and the Linn County Engineer at (319) 892-6400 for information on a driveway entrance permit and addressing permit.
The State of Iowa has given counties the authority to adopt building codes for their unincorporated areas. However, the State has declared that farms should be able to operate relatively free from local restrictions. This "right to farm" is contained in the following section from the Code of Iowa:
331.304.3.b Farms exempt. A county building code shall not apply to farm houses or other farm buildings which are primarily adapted for use for agricultural purposes, while so used or under construction for that use.
Even though the State exempts farms from building regulations, it has provided few guidelines as to what should be considered a farm. In order to qualify under the agricultural exemption, it must be clearly demonstrated that the principal use of the land and the proposed building(s) is farm-related. This includes proposed dwellings, and that the occupants of the dwelling are primarily engaged in agriculture.
We strongly encourage anyone wishing to claim the exemption - especially for a new house - to contact us prior to the start of construction to determine if the exemption is appropriate. The farm exemption applies only to Linn County zoning and building regulations. Other permits (such as floodplain development, well, septic, E911 address or driveway access) may be required. Please contact the appropriate county department for information.
We may be reached at (319) 892-5130 or you may submit an information request by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspectors will require 6 foot of social distancing to be maintained at all times. Inspectors may ask individuals to temporarily exit the job site in order to maintain proper social distancing. Linn County inspectors are provided with masks and are required to wear them when social distancing is not possible.
Community Partnerships for Protecting Children is an approach that neighborhoods, towns, cities, and states can adopt to improve how children are protected from maltreatment.
It aims to blend the work and expertise of professionals and community members to bolster supports for vulnerable families and children.
Community partnerships is not a program - rather, it is a way of working with families that helps services be more inviting, needs-based, accessible, and relevant.
It incorporates prevention strategies as well as those needed to address maltreatment, once identified.
This new approach to keeping children safe is needed because:
• Child safety is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week concern. The Child Protective Services agency cannot do it alone.
• Services that can help strengthen families need to be made available earlier, before a crisis occurs.
• Families are more likely to turn to people they know for help rather than to the system.
The community partnership approach is based on four fundamental principles:
• Services for vulnerable families should be individualized to address each child's and each family's specific needs.
• Formal and informal supports and services should be available to families through a neighborhood- and community-based network.
• The Public Child Protective Services agency should adapt its policies and practices to support the approach, including providing services to families earlier, before crises occur.
• Community members, especially parents, should be involved in shaping the strategies and the network of services provided for families, based on the community's own resources, needs and cultures.
Contact the CPPC Coordinator at 319-892-5714
Your residential address determines what ballot you will receive. You may find your sample ballot by using our Elections Look-up Tool. The Linn County Election Services office has the sample ballots set up in this manner so the data is easy to find and less confusing for our users. Sample ballot styles can vary in number by the complexity of the election.
Your polling place is determined by your residential address. You may find your polling place by using our Elections Look-up Tool.
Ballots are secret and voters have the right to vote for any candidate they want.
The only time that party affiliation is important in terms of voting is in the case of a political party caucus or a primary election. In those cases, voters must be registered with the political party whose caucus or primary they wish to participate in. Voters have the right to change their affiliation and then participate in the caucus or primary election on, or prior to, the day those events are being held. Voters can only participate in one party's caucus or primary election each time those events take place.
An individual may register and vote on Election Day at his/her correct polling place.
Find your polling place online at www.linncountyelections.org/lookup. Election Day Registration Information
No. Individuals wanting to use the Election Day Registration process must vote immediately at the time of registration.
The county has a variety of elections in a four-year cycle. Those elections are: Primary Elections: These elections take place on even number years and the election is countywide. In the state of Iowa, the Primary Elections are “closed primaries” which means a voter wishing to participate will need to declare a party to vote the party’s primary ballot. Typically, there is only the Democratic and Republican Party ballots for the Primary Elections. There have been Primary Elections where additional parties have been added. General Elections: General Elections are held on even number years and the election is countywide. There are two types of General Elections, Presidential General Elections and Gubernatorial Elections. Presidential General Elections are held to elect the President of the United States on the first Tuesday followed by the first Monday in November every four years (2004, 2008 for example). Gubernatorial Elections are held to elect the Governor of Iowa in on the first Tuesday followed by the first Monday in November every four years (2006, 2010 for example). It is common for other Federal, State and County Offices, Township positions, a Judicial Ballot and public measures to be on the General Election ballot. City Elections: City elections are held on odd number years and only incorporated cities have city elections. Depending on the city and the form city government, positions on the city election ballot will vary. Registered voters who reside in the city are allowed to participate in this election. City elections are held on the first Tuesday followed by the first Monday in November every two years. School Elections: School Elections are held on odd number years. Depending on the school district and the form of the school board, positions on the school election ballot will vary. Registered voters who reside in the school district are allowed to participate in this election. School elections are held in September every two years. Special Elections: Special Elections can be held on specific dates set by the Iowa Secretary of State during a calendar year. Special elections can be used to fill vacancies and to vote on public measures on a State, County, City or School District level. Common special elections in Linn County are Local Option Sales and Services Tax, School Bond and Revenue Purpose Statements and to fill vacancies.
The parties participating in the caucus are responsible for setting locations, staff and materials.
The Elections Office is simply the custodian of paperwork received from the political parties.
You may vote an absentee ballot either through the mail or in person at the Auditor's Office. Complete an absentee ballot request form (PDF). For more information, call 319-892-5300 or email.
Linn County Election Services
935 Second St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
Yes. Iowans who are temporarily away from their homes do not lose residency for voting purposes. As long as a voter does not register in more than one place, the voter's registration status will remain as it is. Our Address is: Linn County Election Services 935 2nd St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
No. Iowa does not have permanent absentee voting. Voters must complete a request for an absentee ballot for each election for which they would like an absentee ballot.
The last day our office can mail out a ballot is the 11 days before all elections except General Elections which is 10 days before the election. After this date, voters wanting to vote absentee must do so in-person at the Auditor's Office on the Monday before the election.
No. Absentee ballot requests do not need to be notarized or witnessed in Iowa.
No. An individual who has power of attorney does not have the authority to sign a voter registration form, request an absentee ballot, or cast an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter. If a voter is unable to sign, the voter can use a stamp or make a mark to sign. The voter may also ask for assistance and have someone sign the form on the voter's behalf as long as it is done in the voter's presence and with the voter's permission.
Yes. If you need help marking your ballot due to a physical disability or inability to read the ballot, you may choose any person to help you except your employer, your employer's agent, or an officer/agent of your union. If you are not physically able to sign the forms, you can use a stamp or make a mark to sign. You may also ask for assistance or have someone sign the form on your behalf as long as it is in your presence and with your permission.
There are also procedures for "spoiling" mailed absentee ballots that are sent with your absentee ballot. If you make a mistake, place all voting materials in the return envelope. Write “SPOILED BALLOT” on the return envelope. Mail or deliver the envelope to the County Auditor and request a replacement ballot.
You can track your absentee ballot online by using the Track Your Absentee Ballot search. You can see the date your absentee ballot request was processed by our office, the date the office sent your ballot, and the date the office received your voted ballot. Also you may call the Linn County Elections Office. Our phone number is 319-892-5300. There are procedures for obtaining a reissued ballot.
Call the Linn County Elections Office. Our phone number is 319-892-5300. There are procedures for obtaining a replacement ballot.
No. Iowa law prohibits these ballots from being counted if our office is notified of the death before absentee ballots are considered.
No. In Iowa, all absentee ballots that are received on time are considered for counting. Absentee ballots received by Election Day are counted on Election Day. Ballots received after Election Day but before the deadline are counted when the absentee and special voters' precinct board meets as long as they are postmarked the day before Election Day or earlier.
Yes. Iowans who are temporarily away from their homes do not lose residency for voting purposes. As long as a voter does not register in more than one place, the voter's registration status will remain as it is. Our address is: Linn County Election Services 935 2nd Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
No. The Iowa Voter Registration form will ask you to provide your Iowa driver's license number, Iowa non-operator number or the last four digits for your Social Security Number. Please be sure to provide this on the voter registration form so the Linn County Election Services Office can verify your identity. It is best to avoid any problems on election day when you go to cast your ballot!
College Students have a choice about where to register to vote. Students must decided between the school or home address for voter registration purposes.
Students attending college in Linn County may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
Students attending Coe College or Cornell College must include what dorm/building they are residing in. Unfortunately, both college campuses cross precinct boundaries which require additional information like your dorm/building name. This additional information allows our office to place you in the correct precinct and issue the proper ballot.
Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in Iowa or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.
Iowa voters are required to show ID at the polls before voting. The ID must be one of the following:
If you are not already registered to vote in Iowa and wish to register and vote on Election Day, you must provide proof of identity and residence at the polls to complete Election Day Registration. Click here to view information about Election Day Registration.
Iowa allows voters who expect to be away from, or unable to make it to, their polling location on Election Day to vote by mail-in ballot. Voters have to apply for a mail-in ballot.
The absentee ballot deadline is 10 days before a general election, like a Presidential or Gubernatorial Election, and 11 days before other elections. The absentee ballot request form must be in the Auditor's Office by 5 p.m. on the absentee ballot deadline.
Voters may apply for a mail-in ballot at the office starting 120 days before Election Day and ending the Friday before the election. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by the Election Services' office by the close of polls on Election Day, or postmarked by the day before Election Day and received by noon the following Monday.
Our mailing address is:Linn County Election Services935 2nd Street SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404
Early voting begins no more than 29 days before an election at the Linn County Election Services' Office.
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Our office is located in the Jean Oxley Public Service Center on the second floor at 935 2nd Street SW in Cedar Rapids.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for General (Presidential or Gubernatorial), Primary and Special Partisan Elections.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for School, City and Special Non-Partisan Election.
Find your Linn County polling location online.
You may register in person at our office, by mail, at the IDOT Cedar Rapids driver's license station or any city hall in Linn County. Registrants must complete an Official Iowa Voter Registration form. Mail the completed form to: Linn County Election Services 935 2nd St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
After this date, individuals wanting to register will need to complete Election Day Registration at our office when voting absentee or at their polling place on Election Day.
A residence for voting purposes is where the voter's home is located. A business or any other non-residential property cannot be used for voter registration purposes unless that place is a primary, nighttime residence for the voter. Homeless people are residents of the place where they usually sleep. The voter can only declare one residence for voter registration purposes. There is no restriction on how long a voter has to live somewhere before it can become a residence for voting purposes. The Iowa Code does allow a voter's registration to be challenged for the reason that the voter is not a resident at the address where the voter is registered to vote.
Our office can mail a replacement voter registration card to you. Voter registration cards must be mailed. You may not pick up your registration card at the Auditor's Office. You may request a duplicate voter registration card over the phone (319-892-5300).
No. Once you have registered to vote, you do not have to register before each election, unless you move to a new county in Iowa or new State. Voter registration is not transferable across county jurisdictions. If you have moved or changed your name, you must update your voter registration. You may update your voter registration by completing a voter registration form and mailing it to our office. To verify your voter registration, visit Am I Registered to Vote in Iowa?
Yes. However, your record can only be viewed or obtained by others for specific purposes outlined below. Voter registration records are public records as defined by Chapter 22 of the Code of Iowa. The records must be available for public inspection at reasonable times (§48A.34). Iowa law does not allow for a voter's registration record to be made private. Iowa law allows for the purchase of voter registration lists (See Iowa Code section 48A.38.) Requests can be made at our office. Both the Secretary of State's Office and county auditors are required to maintain a log containing the name, address, and telephone number of every person who receives voter registration information. A voter's Social Security number, driver's license number, non-operator ID number, and the name of an individual agency where a voter registration form was completed are confidential information and are never given to anyone requesting voter lists. Using the information for any commercial purpose is a serious misdemeanor under Iowa law.
Yes. Your voter registration status may change if the County Auditor's Office tried to contact you by mail and the piece of mail was returned undeliverable by the U.S. post office. Also, voter records may be cancelled if the voter no longer meets the qualifications to vote. For more information on voter registration qualifications, see Voter Registration information.
Before the end of voter pre-registration: Linn County registered voters may change their address without any proof of residency. After the end of voter pre-registration: Linn County registered voters will need to have proper proof of residency to update their address if it is outside their previous precinct.
The following are acceptable proofs of residence:
E-check - Flat Fee = $1.50
If no entrance permit is on file, you will need to apply for one. The entrance permit costs $50. We will need to know the top surface width of the driveway where it crosses the right of way. Residential driveways can be 16’ – 24’ wide and Commercial driveways can be 16’ – 30’ wide. A technician will go to the property to verify that the driveway conforms to our standards. The permit will be returned to you with any information needed to make the driveway conform. You can apply for the 911 address at the same time and on the same permit. We will need to know the approximate location of the entrance off the county road and where the building will be located.
If there is an entrance permit on file, you can apply for the 911 address. We will need to know the approximate location of the entrance off the county road and where the building will be located. The 911 permit, address and information will be sent to you through the mail. Please allow a week.
Find information about Linn County Secondary Road construction projects that are scheduled for 2019 as well as the 2019-2014 five-year construction plan on our Construction web page.
Residents can sign up for project updates through Notify Me on our website. Notify Me will allow you to receive updates by e-mail, text message or both. Updates can also be obtained by calling the Linn County Engineer’s Office at 319-892-6400.
Roads may be closed during construction to keep everyone safe or to allow materials to cure before traffic is allowed back on. Drivers not following the road closure signs are putting themselves and the workers in danger. Drivers that do not follow the signing may be ticketed and invoiced for any damage caused.
Barricades & possibly fence blocking access
Barricades staggered to allow access
No traffic allowed in or out
Traffic allowed to location within the closure
Impassible conditions within closure
Traffic not allowed to drive through without a destination within the closed road
All (concrete, asphalt, sealcoat, rock, etc.) drives adjacent to the paving will receive a granular taper to allow for the difference in road elevation (approximately 8”) after paving. Additional rock is available for $15/ton (10 ton minimum) if the property owner would like more rock. Property owners can pay to have their paved drives adjusted at a cost of $6/square foot. The cost to adjust a typical driveway is approximately $2,200. The rock placement and paved drive replacement is limited to within the County right-of-way. Please contact the Engineer’s Office if you are interested in having your paved drive replaced.
ChlorideMay be applied 2 times/yearSprayed in liquid formNormal maintenance to road by county maintainer after appliedWorks by drawing water from the air, thus maintaining some effectiveness in dry weather.Water soluble
MC-70 (oil)Single applicationSprayed on rock surfaceLight layer of sand applied to allow traffic to use road immediately and blot excess oilMay last multiple years if maintained well by owner. Factors affecting performance are traffic, weather, owner care and base stability.Patching is the responsibility of the owner and must be done through the permit process which allows access to patch material at our shop locations at no additional cost
Seal CoatAsphalt slurry and rock chips placed on a prepared base and then rolledCare of seal coat is responsibility of permit holder.Average life 2-6 years if properly cared for and placed over a solid base and multiple applicationsPatching needs to be done through the permit process which allows access to patch material at shops
1st Sign Up - Chloride, MC-70 and Seal Coat (April 1st to the May 10th).
2nd Sign Up - Chloride (June 1st to July 10th).
View our map of the districts. The general areas but not exact are: District #1: SW 1/4. West of I380. District #2: SE 1/4. East of I380 & South of Highway 151 District #3: NE 1/4. East of Highway 13 & North of Highway 151 District #4: NW 1/4. West of Highway 13 & North of County Home Road
You must fall within two categories, “ongoing” or “needy”, to receive assistance and that will determine how long you can receive assistance.
IAR stands for Interim Assistance Reimbursement. According to the Social Security Administration, interim assistance reimbursement is a payment SSA makes to reimburse an entity that has provided interim assistance (IA) in cash or through vendor payments to an individual for meeting basic needs.
Linn County General Assistance requires households to sign an IAR if they are requesting assistance on an ongoing basis.
The Linn County General Assistance program is assistance of last resort, meaning that we provide assistance when all other avenues of funding have been exhausted. Students enrolled in a technical school, college, university, or other higher education have other resources available to them for assistance often made available through their school’s Office of Financial Aid.
United Way 211 is a free confidential information and referral service, ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. United Way 211 helps connect individual and families to community resources and the services they need, such as utility or rent assistance, food and clothing, counseling, and much more. Just dial 211 or toll free 866-469-2211. From a cell phone or pay phone, please dial 319-739-4211.
Contact Linn County Veterans Affairs Office at 319-892-5160 for help applying for veteran affairs medical benefits.
Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5), organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds.
Eligible activities include: projects designed for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical materials, artifacts, places, or structures; maintaining a historical library or collection; conducting historical studies or research; issuing publications; providing public lectures of historical interest; or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public. Grant proceeds may not be used for the purchase of physical structures, e.g., buildings.
Contact Joi Alexander, communications director, or call 319-892-5118, for more information.
General DCWs may assist with:
- Bathing and personal care- Budgeting- Grocery shopping and essential errands- Laundry- Light housekeeping- Meal planning and preparation
No. Linn County Public Health is a separate department within Linn County that offers a wide variety of services. Please visit the Linn County Public Health website to find out more information.
The selection process takes a minimum of two to three weeks from the final position closing date. Some hiring supervisors may take several weeks to select applicants for interviews.
Those selected for interviews will be contacted by the hiring supervisor.
All Linn County jobs require completion of an online Linn County Employment Application. If you wish to submit a cover letter and resume in addition to the application, you may do so. You will not be contacted if you submit a cover letter and/or resume only. Applications are accepted for a 10 calendar-day period when a job becomes available. If a position becomes available later that you are interested in, you will be required to resubmit your online application for the new position. Information that you have entered in your master profile will be saved and available for future use.
You may also use the Job Interest Card to receive email notifications when positions become available in the job categories that are of interest to you.
Linn County is different from The City of Cedar Rapids. The City of CR posts current job openings on their website at www.cedar-rapids.org. For more information, contact the City of Cedar Rapids Human Resources Department at 319-286-5000.
Refer to the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Classified Ads Section on Sundays for Linn County job openings. Multiple jobs are listed as a display ad under the Municipal/Government category and individual jobs are categorized according to the type of job. For example, a Social Worker would be listed under the Human Services category and a Clerk Typist would be listed under the Clerical category. Linn County jobs may also be posted on the Corridor Careers website at www.CorridorCareers.com.
Visit Linn County's home page for more information about County government and to access the online application process for Linn County jobs at www.linncounty.org. Click "Job Opportunities" to apply online and to view descriptions of current job openings. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Department during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 319-892-5120.
Bulletin Board Postings
All County jobs are posted on a bulletin board located outside of the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center at 935 Second Street SW in Cedar Rapids. In addition, all County jobs are posted at various agencies, colleges, libraries, etc., in and around the Cedar Rapids area. The Iowa DES Workforce Center also receives and posts all Linn County jobs in their office and on an internet website.
The fastest, most efficient way to apply for benefits (file your initial claim) is online. The Internet filing option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please visit www.iowaworkforce.org for more information. If you need assistance filing your unemployment claim, you may visit your local Workforce Development Center. The Cedar Rapids Workforce Development Center (Iowa Works) is located at 4444 First Avenue NE, Suite 436 in Cedar Rapids (the Lower Level of Lindale Mall). You may contact the center by phone at 319-365-9474.
For more information on DHS issues please contact the DHS Office at 319-892-6700 or by email at email@example.com.
For persons within the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha metro areas, Linn County LIFTS is a complimentary paratransit service. This means it is for persons who are unable to ride the public transit system because of a mental or physical disability. To be qualified, you must complete and submit an ADA Paratransit Application. Your application will be processed and a determination will be made as soon as possible.
LIFTS also provides accessible door-to-door public transportation services for senior citizens, people with disabilities and the general public throughout non-metropolitan areas of Linn County. For this service no qualification process is required. Please note – Persons in rural Linn County requesting rides should give as much as a week’s lead time to get their rides scheduled. Call 319-892-5170 if you have questions.
To make a reservation to ride LIFTS, call 319-892-5170, dispatch will be connected. Please call between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance.
LIFTS will not accept reservations in the form of a phone message, but you can leave us a message to call you back and make a reservation. Individuals should schedule rides at least one day prior to but no more than thirty days in advance of the day they need a ride. LIFTS will provide same-day service if space is available.
Be prepared to provide the following information when speaking with our staff:
LIFTS staff will then negotiate a pickup time within a two hour window (one hour each way) of your initially requested time. Once a time has been negotiated the bus may arrive 15 minutes before or after this time based on delays or cancellations that occur.
Within the Metro Area:
The basic cost of a one-way ride is $3.00. Riders must pay when boarding the vehicle. The correct fare must be paid in cash, tokens, or return ride cards. Drivers are NOT able to provide change. Riders who do not have the proper fare will not be transported.
If you need a personal care attendant, (a person or persons necessary for your health care), authorization must be approved by Cedar Rapids Transit. This will be asked on the eligibility application for LIFTS. This will allow the attendant(s) to ride for free – please notify the scheduler at the time the ride is requested. Companions are different than personal care attendants. One (1) companion is eligible to ride with you for the regular fare.
Extra companions (persons traveling with you simply for convenience) are permitted AS AVAILABILITY ALLOWS. Each companion will pay the $3.00 per one-way trip.
Outside the Metro Area::
The cost of a ride outside the metro area is $3.00 one way for senior citizens and disabled. The cost for general public is $6.00 one way.
The scheduler needs to know if a Service Animal will accompany you when scheduling the trip. Service animals are welcome on LIFTS buses.
It is important to cancel your ride as early as possible. By doing this, you make it possible for other riders to get the transportation they need.
Call 319-892-5170; the phone is staffed with an employee Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a voice mail system in place at all times to assist you in directing your call. You may call anytime day or night to cancel a ride. You must cancel at least one hour prior to the ride to avoid a missed ride (see the missed ride policy below).
If you are calling after hours for a cancellation, please leave the name of the rider, telephone number, date(s) and time(s) of trips you want cancelled. It is also helpful to include the pick-up and drop-off addresses of all the trips you wish to cancel.
Drivers cannot make scheduling changes. Please do not ask them to make any changes for you. All schedule changes must be done through direct communication with the LIFTS scheduler. Please call for any changes -319-892-5170.
If you need a personal care attendant, (a person or persons necessary for your health care), authorization must be approved by Cedar Rapids Transit. This will be asked on the eligibility application for LIFTS. This will allow the attendant(s) to ride for free – please notify the scheduler at the time the ride is requested. Companions are different than personal care attendants. One (1) companion is eligible to ride with you for the regular fare. Extra companions (persons traveling with you simply for convenience) are permitted as availability allows. Each companion will pay the $3 per one-way trip.
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, "service animal" means any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders and sounds, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.
Your service animal is welcome on LIFTS. No permit is required, but you may be asked to confirm that your animal is a service animal. You are responsible for the care and supervision of your animal while on board. A service animal should remain on the floor or in a customer's lap, but cannot be given its own seat. Uncontrolled service animals or service animals which threaten other customers cannot be accommodated.
An animal which solely provides emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship is not a service animal. These types of animals, "companion animals," are considered pets are not allowed to be transported on LIFTS buses, unless they are in an approved pet carrier.
In the metro area (Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion) service is provided:
Holidays - LIFTS is closed New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Times may vary for the observed holiday dates, if they differ from the actual holiday.
LIFTS does provide limited service on Saturdays, but does not provide service on Sundays. Saturday service is generally limited to the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha metro areas (no rural/county service).
Contact the Department of Human Services.
In the event of bad weather, Linn County will announce on local WMT radio and KCRG-TV9 if Options will be closed. Just because local schools are closed, doesn’t mean Options is closed.
The Options facility at 1240 26th Ave Court SW is open and staffed from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Options is closed weekends and for 11 holidays during the year.
Please note: drop off times are after 8 a.m. and pick up times are by 2:30 p.m. every day except for Wednesdays when pick up is by 2 p.m.
The Options Consumer Handbook can be viewed here.
Options provides transportation to/from Day Hab outings, within programming hours.
Monthly city bus passes may be purchased at the Ground Transportation Center, 450 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost of bus fares differ from full to discounted for passengers with disabilities. Check with the Ground Transportation Center to see if you qualify for discounts.
Linn County LIFTS provides transportation for residents in Linn County. Call LIFTS at 892-5170, to check if there is a route near you. LIFTS rides are $3 per ride. LIFTS tokens may be purchased at Options for $60 for 20 tokens. Checks should be made out to LIFTS.
Yes, Options provides many different volunteer opportunities during programming hours. Options is fortunate to have relationships with many community businesses that also provide volunteer opportunities, including:
No, we do not forsee Options closing in the near future.
If you need to add, cancel or change day camps contact Wickiup Hill at 319-892-6485. No refunds are given for cancellations.
An agri-community is a development built around a working farm – think of a golf course development, only instead of a golf course the central amenity is a farm. Typically, the farm is relatively small, uses farming practices that minimize the impacts on the surrounding development, and welcomes the surrounding residents and neighbors to get to know the farmer and learn about the farm operation.
The north 306 acres is adjacent to the county-owned Squaw Creek Park and the City of Cedar Rapids' Gardner Municipal Golf Course. Because of its strategic location adjacent to existing park and recreation facilities, this was the County’s priority for acquisition. The intended long-term use of the 306-acre area is for conservation and related uses.
The south 179 acres, bordered by Mt. Vernon Road on the south, Dows Road on the west, and the Squaw Creek Ridge residential development on the northeast, was included with the purchase and is the project area for the Dows Farm Agri-Community.
The Dows Farm Agri-Community keeps 75% of the site in conservation open space or agriculture, with only 25% of the site allocated to development of a mix of housing types and a carefully integrated commercial area. Based on feedback from the Phase One Concept Plan, the Phase Two Plan shows a reduction of 100 total dwelling units (from 351 to 251), mostly through a reduction in the number of center hall apartment units.
A maximum of 251 total residential units (1.4 units/acre overall density):
There will also be approximately 40,700 gross square feet of commercial space.
Yes. The property is designated for urban development on the County’s Future Land Use Map, and can be served by city water and sewer. While there are many factors that would determine a final design, it is possible to estimate with some confidence a range of residential lots developed under a conventional subdivision proposal.
It is reasonable to estimate a minimum of 106 single-family residential lots at a 1-acre lot size, with up to 85% of the site developed and only 15% in open space as flood hazard area.
In order to reduce the cost per lot of providing city water and sewer, it is also reasonable to assume that lot sizes may be smaller than 1 acre, or that duplexes would be included. Lot sizes ranging from ½ acre down to ¼-acre result in a range of 212 – 424 residential lots. Again, up to 85% of the site would be developed, with only 15% in open space as flood hazard area.
The density is very comparable to what it would be as a conventional subdivision. The table below shows a comparison between the density of the Dows Farm Agri-Community with that of conventional subdivisions of various lot sizes.
Yes. Plus, based on feedback from neighbors in response to the Phase 1 Concept Plan, the street design has been revised to eliminate direct access from the development onto Dows Road. The Traffic Impact Study concludes:
No. Linn County will issue requests for proposals to developers, and will select a developer (or developers) based on their proposals, or bids, to develop the property in accordance with the Dows Farm Agri-Community guidelines. The design of the buildings, the interspersing of open space within the development, and the relationships between the uses will be carefully governed as part of the development requirements.
That depends on a number of factors, such as how much of the market it will capture, and interest rates. A Residential Market Analysis has been completed. The Residential Market Analysis concludes:
Contact Les Beck, Linn County Planning & Development Director at 319-892-5151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
335.2 Farms exempt.
Except to the extent required to implement section 335.27, no ordinance adopted under this chapter applies to land, farm houses, farm barns, farm outbuildings or other buildings or structures which are primarily adapted, by reason of nature and area, for use for agricultural purposes, while so used. However, the ordinances may apply to any structure, building, dam, obstruction, deposit or excavation in or on the flood plains of any river or stream.
331.304.3.b Farms exempt.
A county building code shall not apply to farm houses or other farm buildings which are primarily adapted for use for agricultural purposes, while so used or under construction for that use.
Even though the State exempts farms from zoning and building regulations, it has provided few guidelines as to what should be considered a farm. In order to qualify under the agricultural exemption, it must be clearly demonstrated that the principal use of the land and the proposed building(s) is farm-related. This includes proposed dwellings, and that the occupants of the dwelling are primarily engaged in agriculture.
Ag Exemption Packet & Application
Cedar Rapids Building 319-286-5831 Zoning 319-286-5836
Hiawatha Building & Zoning 319-393-1515
Marion Building 319-743-6330 Zoning 319-743-6320
Palo Building & Zoning 319-851-2731
Ely Building & Zoning 319-848-4103
Fairfax Building & Zoning 319-846-2204
Planning and Development is located in The Jean Oxley Public Service Center, 935 Second Street SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404-2100. We are located on the first floor across the hall from the Treasurer's Office.
Alliant Gas 800-822-4348Alliant Electric 800-822-4348REC 319-377-1587Mid-American 800-894-9599
Garages and sheds are considered accessory structures on property zoned for residential use. Accessory structures can be built on property that has a principal permitted use (house). The garage must maintain all required setbacks and typically cannot be located closer to the road than the principal permitted structure. Any garage or shed over 120 square feet requires building permits, please see Residential Guidelines for Attached Garages and/or Residential Guidelines for Detached Garages. Contact the Linn County Department of Planning and Development for details at (319) 892-5130.
Original covenants are recorded with the subdivision plat. Iowa Code states covenants are effective for 21 years. They automatically sunset unless renewed by the homeowners or their representatives. There is a process to amend covenants. Any amended covenants are recorded with the Recorder's Office under the subdivision name.
Please be aware that a mobile home and a manufactured home have different definitions and are subject to different zoning regulations. In general, a manufactured home is one that was built after June 15, 1976 in compliance with federal standards. A manufactured home will bear a "HUD seal" (Housing and Urban Development) certifying that it is in compliance with the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974. A manufactured home is considered a single family dwelling, and any single family dwelling must meet the following requirements: a. Have a minimum width dimension of twenty-two (22) feet for its main body; b. Have continuous and complete foundation and footing for its main body; c. Have for the exterior wall covering either: Wood or masonry finish, or the appearance thereof; and/or Vertical or horizontal grooved siding or lap siding or the appearance thereof. A mobile home is not considered a manufactured home by definition, and is only permitted in a mobile home park.
Linn County maintains online mapping where aerial photos can be viewed. If you need further assistance, please contact our staff at Planning & Development at (319) 892-5130.
You will need to go to the Linn County Engineering and Secondary Roads office. The address is: 1888 County Home Road, Marion, Iowa and the phone number is (319) 892-6400.
Yes. It is called a cut-off day. A cut-off day is the last day you can submit a case for the next month's case cycle. Cases of this nature would include a rezoning, final plat, conditional use, or variance. The cut-off day is normally the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact our staff at 319-892-5130 for further information, or check Planning & Development Calendar for application deadline dates.
Mosquitoes pick up the virus from birds that are infected with WNV.
Symptoms of WNV are often so mild, many people who contract WNV never know it and recover fully from it.
Severe WNV infections may include symptoms such as a high fever, headaches, muscle aches, weakness, seizures, paralysis and/or result in death. These infections are rare.
Those at the greatest risk for WNV include people age 50 and older and immuno-compromised individuals.
Mosquito breeding areas may include bird-baths, flower pots, used tires, floodwater areas, clogged storm drains, gutters, marshes, non-chlorinated backyard pools and other areas susceptible to water collection.
When symptoms occur, it is usually within 3 to 15 days after the mosquito bite.
You can help control the mosquito population and prevent WNV by following these simple steps:
Remove old tires, and buckets from your yardChange the water in birdbaths and pet dishes every 3 daysAvoid over-watering flower pots and gardensClean gutters regularlyKeep pools chlorinated and cover them when possibleRepair holes that cause puddles in driveways and yardsApply 30 % DEET repellent when outdoors – Use no more than 10% DEET on childrenWear baggy or loose-fitting clothing when outdoorsRepair holes in door and window screensAvoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawnReplace outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights and avoid using bug zappers--they attract more mosquitoes than they kill
Board of Health reception is typically the same week as Public Health week.
Communities who have impacted public health are invited.
If you would like to attend and have not received your invitation
contact Kim Honn
§ Visually Impaired: I may need to be led to safety.§ Hearing Impaired: I may need TDD or other special emergency warning notification.§ Mobility Impaired: I may need special transportation to evacuate, like an ambulance or handicapped accessible bus.§ Mental Health Conditions: I may need help with supportive services because I may have a significant issue coping during an emergency due to my mental health concerns.§ Intellectual Disabilities: I may need a family member or someone assigned to me in a shelter.§ Medical Conditions: I need electricity for medical equipment. 3 Ways to Register
1. Call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-469-22112. Complete and return a Special Needs Registry Card, which was delivered with your Yellow Book Telephone Directory3. Go to www.linncounty-ema.org and complete the Special Needs Card online.
Radon is undetectable except through specific testing. Every home in Iowa should be tested for radon. Most people start the testing process by using a do-it-yourself radon test kit. Testing for real estate transactions is a little different, call for information 1-319-892-6000 or www.lchh.org
My Care Community is a local group of community providers who connect you to programs that keep you healthy and safe. We coordinate care for you and your family, so it’s easy to make appointments, get referrals and find the care you’re looking for.
When you visit a My Care Community partner organization, you can choose to join My Care Community. Just give the ok for us to work with our partners to figure out if you are eligibile for certain programs and services and then we can connect you to the right places without you having to call multiple offices or fill out extra paper work.
Sometimes you need more care than one organization can provide. That’s where My Care Community comes in. Our friendly and welcoming service providers listen to your story and help you determine what care is needed. They then connect you to any additional programs and services you may qualify for.
My Care Community providers communicate, share resources and coordinate referrals to improve the well-being of everyone who lives in our community. We take a proactive approach to assessing the social determinants of health and health equity to improve health outcomes, both now and in the long run.
Our partners offer a variety of different health care and social services, from regular doctor’s appointments and check-ups, to mental health screenings, child care assistance, addiction treatment and more.
See our list of partners at mycarelinnco.org for more information.
My Care Community is open to all residents located within the service area of our partners.
It’s easy to join My Care Community. The next time you visit one of our partner organizations, just ask. You’ll sign a consent form allowing us to help and refer you to our partners, and we’ll take care of the rest! If you ever decide to leave My Care Community, you can opt out at any time, for any reason. A complete list of partner organizations is on our website at mycarelinnco.org.
No. My Care Community is a free service open to all local residents.
Yes. We respect your privacy and take every step to keep your information safe. Only authorized partners can see your information and will only do so for the purposes of coordinating care.
We use the most up-to-date technology to keep the data in our network safe. All of our systems comply with state and federal laws that protect your information, including HIPAA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidance for fall and winter holiday celebrations. Linn County Public Health recommends anyone planning for upcoming holiday celebrations review guidance published by CDC and other trusted sources.
For Halloween specific guidance, visit:
Restaurants and bars are, by order of the governor, required to adhere to social distancing protocols to remain open. Restaurants, bars, and other establishments are not required to enforce mask usage for customers or staff, though it is strongly encouraged. Please do not report an establishment for not requiring mask use.
To report a COVID-19 violation in a food business, visit the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals website.
Linn County Public Health does not recommend holding or visiting garage sales at this time. Local epidemiological data on COVID-19 does not support mass gatherings of 10 or more people in our area, which would make conducting a garage sale difficult.
Please check with your local jurisdiction prior to holding a garage sale, as some cities within Linn County have prohibited them. If you choose to hold a garage sale, the following considerations should be applied:
Military discharge records are not available to anyone who cannot prove they are entitled to the record. Identification must be given to prove entitlement.
The process is simple. Acquire a U.S. Passport Renewal application form and follow the instructions on the form. You will send your paperwork directly to the Passport Processing Center and they will send the renewed passport directly to you.
No, divorces are court actions, so the records are kept at the Clerk of District Court's office.
Certified copies are $15 each.
Linn County is self-insured for workers’ compensation, auto liability and general liability. Linn County also carries commercial property and flood insurance policies through national carriers.
Claims should be submitted in writing to the Risk Management Office for consideration. Details including date(s), time, location and department involved should accompany any subrogation or recovery demands. Once received, the Risk Manager will review the claim with the department involved and the Board of Supervisors.
No, if the residence is unoccupied.
Yes, if the residence is occupied and you get permission to enter from the residents.
The Sheriff's Office does not have keys to any residence and cannot give permission to enter a residence.
The judgment holder almost always starts the bidding. Generally, the judgment holder bids in writing a plaintiff’s bid on judgment. This bid is usually given to the Sheriff before the day of the sale. The judgment holder’s bid, if given to the Sheriff prior to the sale, is considered a sealed bid and will not be disclosed until the sale is called.
You may “hold” your bid by writing a personal check for the full amount you bid to the Linn County Sheriff if it is accompanied by a letter of guarantee from the bank you are writing the check on. Depending on where you bank, you will be given enough time to go to your bank and get a cashier’s check for the full amount you bid and return it to the Linn County Sheriff's Office. At that time you will receive back your personal check. In any event, this transaction must be completed by noon on the day of the sale. Another possibility is; if you know the maximum you are going to bid, you may have a cashier’s check already made out to the Linn County Sheriff for that amount. If your actual bid is less than that, you will be refunded the difference.
Pursuant to Iowa Code 626.85, the judgment holder may proceed against you for the amount you bid. If the judgment holder does not wish to proceed against you, the sale will be treated as a nullity and the Sheriff will then proceed as mandated by the Code of Iowa.
Contact your attorney.
Taxes stay with the property. If you purchase a property, you are now responsible for the taxes.
If you purchase property with a redemption period, you will be issued a certificate of purchase. When the redemption period is up, you may then return the original certificate of purchase to the sheriff and you will then receive a Sheriff’s deed. It is very important that you do not lose the original certificate of purchase. If you lose it, you will not receive a Sheriff’s deed until you get a court order directing the Sheriff to issue you a duplicate certificate of purchase. (Iowa Code 626.96) If you fail to have a Sheriff’s deed issued within 8 years after the date of issuance of the certificate of purchase, the Sheriff’s sale will be cancelled. (Iowa Code 626.97)
Your Iowa Driver's License is issued through the Iowa DOT. Please call 319-377-6461 with any questions regarding driver's licenses. Their physical address is 3726 Queen Ct. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
All owners on the face of the title must sign for a replacement title, even if there is OR between the names.
If you just made an error on your title and you need a replacement, you can surrender your title, complete an Application for Replacement Title, pay $25, and get a title the same day.
If the title to your vehicle was altered, destroyed, lost, or stolen you may obtain a replacement for $25.00. You need to complete an Application for Replacement Title, pay $25, and after 5 days your title will be printed. If the scheduled print day falls on a weekend or holiday, your title will be printed on the next working day. You can indicate on the application if you would like the replacement title mailed to you or if you would like to come back and pick it up. The 5 day waiting period will NOT start until we receive the application for replacement title and the $25 payment.
All of the vehicle information required on this form can be found on your vehicle registration. All owners on the face of the title must sign for a replacement title even if there is an OR between the names.
If you have a lien on the vehicle, the lienholder may have the title. If you had a lien originally and it was paid off, please call the Treasurer’s office to see if the lien was released on our system. If not, you will need a notarized lien release from the lienholder on their letterhead.
Applications should be mailed to:
Linn County Treasurer935 2nd St SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404 Application for Replacement Title
Please visit the Iowa DOT Personalized & Specialty Plates page to complete your order through our EASY online process. The plates will be mailed to the Treasurer's Office within 3-4 weeks. We will send you a letter when the plates are in. You will need to bring in your old plates to switch them out with the new plates.
If you purchased a vehicle, you will bring in the title, along with the supporting documents (see below) to transfer. If you are an Iowa resident and are selling a vehicle, you must have an Iowa title. If you have an out of state title, you will need to pay $25.00 to obtain the Iowa title. Seller(s) must sign and print their name of the back of the title. If the word “and” is used on the face of the title, all owners must sign. The date of sale must be entered. If the vehicle is 9 years old or newer, the seller must complete the odometer section and legend box on the title . If the vehicle is 7 years old or newer, the seller must complete the odometer and the damage disclosure section. Any alterations, erasures or cross-outs may void the title and a replacement may be required. If purchased from a dealer, a purchase agreement is required. You can also refer to the “How to Sell your Vehicle in Iowa “guide by Iowa DOT. Many situations would require more information. Call your Linn County Treasurer’s Office at 319-892-5500 for assistance. Every transfer requires an Application for Title and must be signed by all buyers. Please refer to the forms section for the application for title.
If you moved to Linn County from another county in Iowa, you can get an updated registration to reflect your current address at our office, located at 935 2nd St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. You will keep the same plates & title, but you will now renew your vehicles with us. Your plates are valid throughout the state but if you would like Linn County plates, you must surrender your old plates and pay an additional $5 fee. If you are leasing a vehicle, please contact our office at 319-892-5500 for more information. If you moved to Linn County from another state, you will need to bring in your driver’s license, social security number & out of state title so that we can issue an Iowa title. (If a lienholder has your title, you can bring in your out of state registration instead of your title.) We will also need an application for title and/or registration signed by all owners on the title and/or registration. Get an application at this link:
If you sold your vehicle and plan to replace it within the next 6 months; you may use those plates on your next vehicle. Any credit, $10 or more, will be applied to the registration on your new vehicle.
If you have turned in your leased vehicle, you will need to fill out a Claim for Refund and a Lease Termination along with your plates. You can then apply for a refund as long as there is $10 credit or more left.
If you moved out of state, you will need to fill out a claim for refund and also send in a current copy of your out of state registration for each vehicle. You can then apply for a refund as long as there is a $10 credit or more left.
The Claim for Refund and Lease Termination form can be found under the forms link.
Claim for Refund
There are many circumstances regarding the death of an owner of a vehicle. Please contact our office at 319-892-5500 for any questions about this. Please have the title with you in case we have questions.
If you want the new plate design and your current plate is not ten years old and up for replacement, you need to bring in the old plates and exchange them for the new plate design. There is a $5.00 fee to switch from your current plates to the new plate design. The plate numbers/letters would not be the same when you switch from your current plates to the new plate design.
Please make checks or money orders payable to Linn County Treasurer.
After the tax bills have been mailed out and you still do not have a bill, the Treasurer’s office can send out a replacement bill.
For real estate address changes, please contact the Linn County Auditor at 319-892-5300.
For mobile home address changes, please contact the Linn County Treasurer at 319-892-5500.
The Linn County Assessor determines property values and provides notification to property owners outside the City of Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Assessor determines property values and provides notification to property owners within the city limits. Please contact the Linn County Assessor’s Office at 319-892-5220 or the Cedar Rapids Assessor’s Office at 319-286-5888 for the latest valuation information on your property or for any questions.
You can appeal your assessment with the City of Cedar Rapids Assessor or you can call the at 319-286-5888 if you live within the city limits. If you live outside the city limits of Cedar Rapids, you will want to appeal your assessment with the Linn County Assessor or you can call them at 319-892-5220.
The Annual Tax Sale is an auctioned sale of delinquent property taxes. Bidders have to pay a registration fee in order to buy properties at tax sale. They purchase the taxes for what is owing and then the hold a lien against the property. It could be for one dollar or thousands of dollars. The tax sale is every third Monday in June. There are two kinds of certificates. There is a regular certificate that is purchased the first time at tax sale. There is also a public bid (PB), taxes that are one year delinquent and no one purchased at the tax sale. Then it was offered again at the next year’s tax sale and then it was offered and purchased. If the tax sale is a regular certificate, the certificate holder has to wait a minimum of one year and nine months before they can start the process of taking deed to the property. They also have up to three years from the date that it was purchased at tax sale to start the process of taking deed to the property. If it goes past the three years since the date of purchase of the tax sale, then they can no longer take deed to the property. If the tax sale is a PB, the tax sale purchaser only has to wait nine months before starting the process of taking deed to the property. They have all the way up to three to start the process of taking deed to the property. If it goes past the three years since the date of purchase of the tax sale, then they can no longer take deed to the property Taking deed to a property by the tax sale process, it is a ninety day process. The property owner can still redeem the taxes during this time. Once the ninety days are up, the property owner will no longer be able to redeem and loses their property for the percentage of the tax sale certificate. Tax sales incur penalty or interest at 2% each month that it goes unredeemed. Once a property is at tax sale, any other delinquent subsequent taxes that still owe after Nov 15th and May 15th can be purchased by the tax sale certificate holder and added to the tax sale amount without having to wait until the 3rd Monday in June. Tax sales are redeemed with certified funds (cash, cashier’s check, or money order) and an Affidavit of Redemption of a Parcel sold for Taxes form.
You can pay either the full year in September or just the September installment.
Only one billing is sent out for your tax bill. The tax bill has two coupons at the bottom. Each coupon is for one half of the tax bill.If you have bought or sold property, be sure to know if the buyer or seller is responsible for paying the taxes on each parcel. This is something that would have been discussed in your closing agreement.
You can pay property taxes by mail (please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt), in person, over the phone or online at: www.iowataxandtags.org
The Linn County Treasurer does not keep record of mortgage companies payment responsibility and if they should be making your property tax payment. You will want to contact your mortgage company if there is any question about whether they are going to make that payment or if you need to.
The homestead credits and Military Exemptions are done with the Assessor’s office. If you live inside the City Limits of Cedar Rapids, then you would want to talk with the City of Cedar Rapids Assessor ( 319-286-5888). If you live outside of Cedar Rapids, then you want to talk to the Linn County Assessor (319-892-5220). They will be able to give you the deadline for the credits and exemptions and when to have them forms filed. Click the link below to see where the homestead and military credit are on the tax bills.
All mailing address changes for real estate bills are done with the Linn County Auditor (319-892-5300).
Call 319-892-5160 or e-mail email@example.com
To be eligible for benefits an indigent veteran shall qualify by:
Questions? Call 319-892-5160 or stop by our office at: 1240 26th Ave Ct SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Contact Linn County Veterans Affairs at 319-892-5160 and we would be happy to help you apply for your VA medical benefits. You can also go to https://www.va.gov/health-care/ to learn more.
The Department of Veteran Affairs has a 24-hour crisis line. The number is 1-800-273-8255.
Veterans that have an appointment scheduled at the VA Hospital may call DAV Transportation for a ride. Please call at least 72 hours ahead of the scheduled appointment. The DAV VAN phone number is 319-339-7061. Rides are available Monday through Friday.
For a wheelchair accessible ride contact VTS 319-338-0581 extension 6009.
You must meet the definition of Veteran from Iowa Code Chapter 35.1 or Retired Military. Bring in your Retired Military ID and Driver’s License or the DD214 Military Discharge. We have forms available at our office or you can download from the link below. https://iowadot.seamlessdocs.com/f/CertofEligibilityforVeteranDesignonDLIDCard. Call the office to make an appointment to bring form in and we will certify it. After we sign the form, take it to the DOT station and present it along with your Drivers License. If your license is not set to expire the DOT may have a charge.
The VA Cedar Rapids Medical Clinic is located at 3500 Dalton Way SW, Ste. 400, Westdale Town Center, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 and can be reached by phone at (319) 369-4340.
The Iowa City VA Hospital is located at 601 Highway 6 W, Iowa City, IA 52246 and can be reached by phone at (319) 338-0581.
The Cedar Rapids Vet Center is located at 4250 River Center Ct NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 and can be reached by phone at (319) 378—0016.
Veterans looking for employment can visit VA Vocational Rehabilitation at 1642 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 or call (319) 378-5582.
Homeless or near homeless vets can visit the Veteran Affairs Resource and Referral Center at 1585 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 or call (319) 365-0898.
To request a copy of your discharge papers visit https://archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records.
To learn more about the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund visit https://va.iowa.gov/iowa-veterans-trust-fund.
To get documentation of your current VA Disability Rating call VA Compensation at 1-800-827-1000.
Contact a local VSO or go to the ebenefits website: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage.
Visit the Community Resources page on the Linn County website: https://www.linncounty.org/130/Community-Resources.
For Linn County veteran resources information visit https://www.linncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/3077/Veterans-PDF.
Applications are accepted once a year. The application cycle begins Nov. 1 of each year, and applications must be received by Dec. 15. Applications must be submitted online at www.LinnCounty.org/Witwer. Linn County does not accept grant applications via email, fax, or paper copies.
If you forgot your password, click the "Forgot Your Password" link on the sign in webpage. You will then receive an automated email with instructions. Follow the instructions you receive in the email. Linn County cannot access or reset your password.
The Assurances form can be downloaded from the Witwer Trust grant application webpage when the grant application cycle is open (Nov. 1-Dec. 15). Scroll to the bottom of the page. There are two Assurances forms. One is for non-profits and one is for applicants using a fiscal sponsor. Please be sure to use the correct form for your organization.
Grant applications are screened for completeness by Linn County staff. Incomplete grant applications and applications that do not meet eligibility criteria or guidelines are ineligible for grant funds and will not be reviewed. Complete grant applications and those meeting the grant eligibility criteria and guidelines are reviewed and evaluated by the Linn County Board of Supervisors. Funding decisions are made in February.
The total amount of funding available for all grant applicants is $80,000. There is no cap for grant requests. However, please use common sense in making your requests. Approximately 50-60 applications are received each year totaling more than $200,000. Please keep this in mind as you develop your budget and grant request. The Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Grant Program receives more funding requests than it can possibly grant. If support of a worthwhile program is declined, this decision does not reflect on the value of the group or service, but rather on the need to be selective because resources are limited. A link to previously funded projects is available at www.LinnCounty.org/Witwer.
Witwer Trust grants will be made only to non-profit organizations that are located in Linn County, Iowa or that have a branch location in Linn County and whose work benefits Linn County residents. Proof of non-profit status is required. Grant funds must be used for programs or projects that benefit Linn County residents. Applicants who have not submitted the required final report for previous Witwer Trust grants are not eligible for funding. Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5), organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds.
Grant funds must be used for programs or projects that benefit Linn County residents. Priority is given to requests for programmatic and capital projects over requests for operating support. Grants must be for expenses that have not yet been incurred. A list of previously funded projects is available at www.LinnCounty.org/Witwer.
You can submit a Witwer Trust grant application without creating an account; however, this method requires you to complete your application in one sitting. To save your work and come back at a later time, you must create an account and be signed in to save your work.
For instructions on how to create an account, read the "New Applicant" instructions on the Witwer Trust Grant Program webpage.
No. Only one application is allowed per organization. If an organization submits more than one grant application, all applications submitted by that organization will be deemed ineligible for grant funds and will not be reviewed. Only one project is allowed per application.
This is a competitive grant program for non-profit organizations in Linn County to be used for historic preservation projects. Eligible projects include collecting and preserving historical materials, artifacts, places, or structures; maintaining a historical library or collection; conducting historical studies or research; issuing publications; providing public lectures of historical interest; or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public. More information is available here.
Yes. Please see the requirements for serving as a fiscal sponsor in the previous FAQ.
If you receive an account locked notice, it’s most likely due to inactivity. To unlock your account, follow the instructions you received in the email to unlock your account. See the "Returning Applicant" instructions for more information.
Yes; however, the applicant and fiscal sponsor must complete, sign and submit the fiscal sponsorship agreement that is available for downloading at LinnCounty.org/Witwer. The fiscal sponsor must meet the grant eligibility requirements. Any Witwer Trust grant funds awarded as a result of the grant application will be made payable to the fiscal sponsor and the fiscal sponsor is responsible for the disbursement, utilization, and accounting of the grant funds in accordance with the grant award.
Separate zoning, building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits are required. Application for a building permit includes the submittal of two sets of construction drawings. In order to determine a valuation and permit fee, please include the area in square feet for: each floor, finished basement, unfinished basement, garage, decks and porches. Plans are thoroughly reviewed by an inspector for code compliance before issuance of the building permit. electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits must be obtained and work performed by contractors licensed in the respective trade. For further information view our Single Family Dwelling Handout. Before the above permits can be issued, the Planning & Zoning Division must verify that all zoning requirements are met and must also approve a site plan. You will need to provide staff with the locations of the well, septic drainage field and existing structures. You will also need to provide the location of the proposed improvement showing dimensions from property lines and from existing structures. Contact the Linn County Planning and Development Department for information on required submittals for constructing a new house or garage at (319) 892-5130. Contact the Public Health Department at (319) 892-6000 for information on well and septic system permits and the Linn County Engineer at (319) 892-6400 for information on a driveway entrance permits and addressing permits.
The State of Iowa has given counties the authority to develop zoning regulations for their unincorporated areas. However, the State has declared that farms should be able to operate relatively free from local restrictions. This "right to farm" is contained in the following section from the Code of Iowa:
335.2 Farms exempt. Except to the extent required to implement section 335.27, no ordinance adopted under this chapter applies to land, farm houses, farm barns, farm outbuildings or other buildings or structures which are primarily adapted, by reason of nature and area, for use for agricultural purposes, while so used. However, the ordinances may apply to any structure, building, dam, obstruction, deposit or excavation in or on the flood plains of any river or stream.
Even though the State exempts farms from zoning regulations, it has provided few guidelines as to what should be considered a farm. In order to qualify under the agricultural exemption, it must be clearly demonstrated that the principal use of the land and the proposed building(s) is farm-related. This includes proposed dwellings, and that the occupants of the dwelling are primarily engaged in agriculture.
New in 2020!
In 2020, the Iowa legislature enacted additional exemptions from zoning regulations for “agricultural experiences” as follows:
335.26 Agricultural experiences exempt. To assist in the promotion of agricultural experiences, a county shall not require a conditional use permit, special use permit, special exception, or variance for agricultural experiences on property of which the primary use is agricultural production. Agricultural experiences includes any agriculture-related activity, as a secondary use in conjunction with agricultural production, on a farm which activity is open to the public with the intended purpose of promoting or educating the public about agriculture, agricultural practices, agricultural activities, or agricultural products.
Because the “agricultural experiences” provision in state code is new, the definition of an agricultural experience is very broad, and the application of building codes is not exempted, please contact the Planning & Development Department for assistance.
Yes, there is an application deadline, which is the last day you can submit a case for the next month's case cycle. Case types that are required to meet the application deadline include: rezoning, residential parcel split, land preservation parcel split, final plat, conditional use, special exception, and variance. The application deadline is normally the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact our staff at 319-892-5130 for further information, or check our Planning and Development Calendar for application deadline dates.
Contact the office of Linn County Planning & Development for meeting agendas at (319) 892-5130 or view our current agenda and minutes page.
Current zoning maps can be found at the Linn County Online Mapping site. Click accept if prompted (you may need to download Adobe Flash). Type in the parcel address or Geo-Parcel Number (GPN). The zoning district legend can be found by selecting “Layers” at the top right of the page, then selecting the drop-down menu for “Zoning.” If the zoning doesn't appear, you may need to zoom in. If you have any questions, call 319-892-5130 for assistance.
It is possible to operate a business from your home if the business meets certain criteria. A permit is required if any of the following are true of your business: has non-resident employees, has more than (5) five customer visits in one day or more than three at once, has commercial vehicles or business equipment parked outside all or a portion of an accessory building is being used for the business. Please contact the Planning and Development Staff to determine whether your particular business will require a permit. Home occupations requiring a permit are granted by the Linn County Board of Adjustment after review and recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The regulations in the Unified Development Code governing Home Occupations is Article VI, Section 107-113(h).
Required lot sizes and setbacks vary depending on the zoning district of the property. First, you will need to determine the zoning district for the property in question (see item #5 in this FAQ). Next, you can locate requirements for the applicable zoning district in Article VII of the Linn County Unified Development Code.
A setback is defined by the Unified Development Code as “the minimum horizontal distance between a lot line and a building or structure located upon such lot required by the provisions of this chapter.” In order to know the distances from the proposed structure or addition to the lot lines, you will need to determine where the relevant property lines are located. If your property has been surveyed or is a platted lot, survey pins should be located at the corners of your property. If there are no property pins, or you are unsure of their location, please see the attached “Tips for Locating Your Property Lines.” There may also be easements located on the property that may have restrictions.
Contact the lead staff person listed on your staff report. The phone number for Linn County Planning and Development is (319) 892-5130 or check our staff page for a direct phone number.
"A private legal restriction on the use of land, attached in the deed to a property. A deed restriction is most commonly used in the establishment of a subdivision to restrict the use of all individual lots in the development to a certain type of use, e.g., single-family dwellings. Usually the community has no control over deed restrictions." (Source: Huntington, Stuart. Iowa Land Use Planning Notebook, Glossary of common planning and zoning terms. (Iowa State University Extension. Pm-1353. Reprinted March 1995.)
Deed restrictions may also restrict the type of construction materials, the minimum finished floor area, and may even require review and approval of building plans by an "architectural control committee." Deed restrictions, also called restrictive covenants, are private controls and the county has no authority to enforce such restrictions. Enforcement is therefore a civil matter between owners within the subdivision.
The Linn County Unified Development Code regulates the division of land. Any parcel of ground created that is less than thirty-five acres in size must submit an application for subdivision with the Linn County Department of Planning and Development. Depending on the use of the property (proposed or current) you may also need to rezone your property. Rezoning may be required when a property is being subdivided, resulting in any lot of less than 35 acres of land. A rezoning or subdivision request must meet the required minimum levels of service (MLS) and have a passing Land Evaluation Site Assessment (LESA) score calculated for the property. There are different MLS requirements for different land use designations on the Linn County Land Use Plan Map; however, they are all required to be within 1/4 miles of a county maintained hard service surfaced road. Separation requirements from Confined Animal Feeding Operations, as well as minimum distances to a fire station must also be met. Minimum levels of service are items that must be met and no variances are allowed. Contact the staff at Linn County Planning and Development at (319) 892-5130 with any questions.
Linn County allows two different types of parcel splits to separate a house from a parent parcel. There are several factors in determining which type of split a parcel would qualify for, including what year the house was originally constructed. These two processes are called Residential Parcel Splits and Land Preservation Parcel Splits. Requirements for both types of subdivisions can be found in Article IV of the Linn County Unified Development Code. For further information, please contact the Planning and Development Staff at (319) 892-5130.
The Linn County Geographic Information System Division maintains an interactive Flood Hazard Map. Enter your address or GPN in the upper left-hand corner of the interactive map to search for your property. If you need help interpreting the map, or for any other Flood Hazard Map questions, please contact Planning and Development Staff at (319) 892-5130.
Planning and Development staff may have an elevation certificate they can provide you with. If Planning and Development staff does not have an elevation certificate for your property, you will need to contact a licensed surveyor to complete one for you. For further information, please contact the Planning and Development Staff at (319) 892-5130.