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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.
There are several more credits or exemptions that may be applied for at your local assessor’s office or through another office. Each type of exemption or credit has specific criteria and rules. Some are one time sign up and others must be applied for annually. Here are a couple of links that will guide you:
Iowa Department of Revenue Credit and Exemption Page
Business Property Tax Credit
(assessed value based on market value)
(rollback based on valuation changes throughout Iowa)
(levy based on budgets of school, county, city, assessor, etc)
The rollback is the same for all properties of that class throughout the state
The taxable value is the value that your taxes are based on
The levy rate is a combination of the tax asking’s of the school, county, city or township, community college, assessor, and other entities whose area your property is located.
What does my property tax pay for?
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, multi-residential, 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. 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 ’arm’s length transaction’ or ’willing buyer/willing seller’ concept. Agricultural land and buildings are valued on productivity and net earning capacity.
Visit our Board of Review page for information on appealing your assessment.
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. Remote Video Inspections may be scheduled for occupied structures.
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
The Court automatically issues a No Contact Order in cases involving Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Stalking and Harassment. If you are the victim of some other type of crime the court cannot issue a No Contact Order. However, the Court can issue a Condition of Release, which states the defendant cannot have contact with you.
Victims can request to have a Civil Order of Protection put in place in situations in which there has been violence or the threat of violence in a domestic relationship or between adult family members that reside together. This can be done at the Civil Clerk of Court’s Office at the Linn County Courthouse.
No, only the victim is listed as the protected party in the No Contact Order in the criminal case. If you would like to include your children, you must file for a civil Order of Protection through the Linn County Civil Clerk of Court.
First, you must attend the Domestic Abuse meeting at the Linn County Attorney’s Office scheduled for you by law enforcement. If the charge is a simple misdemeanor, you will fill out a form explaining why you would like the No Contact Order canceled and then the attorney will take it to a judge to be approved. If the crime is a serious misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor or a felony, you will have to sign a form requesting a hearing to cancel the No Contact Order. You will then have to appear in court on the date of the hearing and the judge will rule if the No Contact Order can be lifted. These hearings are usually scheduled 2 to 3 weeks in the future.
Victims of Sexual Abuse can file for a Protection Order through the Linn County Clerk of Court.
Once charges have been filed by the Linn County Attorney’s Office, the State of Iowa is the one "pressing charges," not the victim. The resolution of the case is at the discretion of the attorney assigned to the case.
The process can vary greatly in length of time with the lesser offenses coming to a conclusion within 2 to 4 months and the more serious offenses can take as long as 2 to 3 years.
It is possible that no trial dates or sentencing dates have been scheduled, or we have not received your Victim Packet requesting to be a "registered victim." If you did not receive your Victim Packet or have moved since the case began, please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to your case.
No. Please contact a Victim/Witness Coordinator to discuss the situation and provide your new contact information.
Unfortunately, a trial date being reset is a common occurrence in the criminal justice system and happens for many different reasons. Factors that can influence how quickly a case is resolved can be as simple as trying to coordinate the schedules of attorneys, witnesses and the Court. If you have questions about the specific case you are involved in please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to your case.
A subpoena is a court order for a specific date and time that you are required to appear to give testimony regarding a case.
Talk with your employer and show him/her your subpoena. Employers are required to give you time to honor your subpoena by appearing in court, however they are not required to pay you for the time you miss work. If you do not appear, you may be subject to contempt proceedings.
A deposition is an opportunity for the defense attorney to ask questions of all of the witnesses involved in a case in order to prepare for trial. All depositions are taken under oath, normally in a conference room and with a county attorney present. There is no Judge or jury present for depositions.
This depends greatly on what the defendant is charged with but in general, you can claim losses directly related to the crime committed. In addition, if you have filed an insurance claim, please include that information on your Victim Restitution Form along with your deductible amount. If you have any questions about restitution please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to the case.
No. In a criminal case a victim is not entitled to receive a monetary amount for pain and suffering. Only out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed.
Most of the time, restitution cannot be ordered for the victim if the case is dismissed or the defendant is found not guilty.
At the sentencing hearing, victims have the right to make a Victim Impact Statement to the Judge. The statement should be written out and either read by the victim or the Victim/Witness Coordinator. It should include how this crime has affected your life and what changes you have had to make. It should also include what you feel is an appropriate punishment for the defendant. The Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to your case can help you prepare your Victim Impact Statement.
Once the defendant has been sentenced and ordered to pay restitution, they will be required to make monthly payments to the Clerk of Court. The Clerk of Court will then mail the check to you, the victim. If your address changes you will need to contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator to inform them of your new contact information.
If the defendant has missed three consecutive payments, they may be subject to a contempt proceeding. You can contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to the case to inform us you have not received restitution.
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 the current year as well as the 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
Contact tracing has been used for decades by state and local health departments to slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases.
Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by
During contact tracing, the health department staff will not ask you for
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
Yes, you are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected, and not to protect you from becoming infected.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should be tested, even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. The health department may be able to provide resources for testing in your area.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, someone from the health department may call you to check on your health, discuss who you have been around, and ask where you spent time while you may have been able to spread COVID-19 to others. You will also be asked to continue to stay at home and self-isolate, away from others.
Watch for or monitor your symptoms of COVID-19. If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek medical care.
If you were around someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, someone from the health department may call you to let you know that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home for 14 days if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. However, there are acceptable alternatives to shorten the quarantine period. If an alternative option is used, it is important to continue to self-monitor for symptoms AND strictly adhere to wearing a mask until 14 days from the last date of contact with the infected individual has passed. Information on alternative options are enclosed.
Monitor your health and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Remember, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you were exposed to COVID-19. Tell the health department if you develop any symptoms. Tell people you were around recently if you become ill, so they can monitor their health. If your symptoms worsen or become severe, seek medical care. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.
Yes. You should still self-quarantine for 14 days since your last exposure. It can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus for a person to develop COVID-19 symptoms. A negative result before end of the 14-day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. By self-quarantining for 14 days, you lower the chance of possibly exposing others to COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home for 14 days if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. However, there are acceptable alternatives to shorten the quarantine period. If an alternative option is used, it is important to continue to self-monitor for symptoms AND strictly adhere to wearing a mask until 14 days from the last date of contact with the infected individual has passed. Information on alternative options are enclosed.
People with COVID-19 can still spread the virus even if they don’t have any symptoms. If you were around someone who had COVID-19, it is critical that you stay home and away from others for 14 days from the last day that you were around that person. Staying home and away from others at all times helps your health department in the fight against COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community. The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home for 14 days if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. However, there are acceptable alternatives to shorten the quarantine period. If an alternative option is used, it is important to continue to self-monitor for symptoms AND strictly adhere to wearing a mask until 14 days from the last date of contact with the infected individual has passed. Information on alternative options are enclosed.
If you have been around someone who was identified as a close contact to a person with COVID-19, closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. You do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms or if the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19.
Linn County Public Health is working with community partners to assist with timely identification, notification, and education of cases and close contacts. These partners include long-term care facilities, schools, colleges, hospitals and some employers. Linn County Public Health is dedicated to ensuring individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 are contacted.
Linn County residents with COVID-19 are encouraged to review current Guidance for COVID-19 Positive Individuals and the information requested on the COVID-19 Investigation Form, used for the contact tracing process. Linn County residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result can complete the COVID-19 Investigation Form online here. Completing the online investigation form will improve efficiency of contact tracing efforts by Linn County Public Health.
If you are eligible for vaccine through your employer and your employer has completed the COVID-19 Vaccine Registry form for Employers, your employer will be contacted when vaccine is available. Learn more about who is currently eligible for vaccine through their employer.
For general updates, subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 website, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, stay tuned to local news outlets for current information.
If your vaccine appointment is scheduled through your employer, as they will be for individuals in Phase 1B Tiers, please ask your management team if you need to bring a form of identification, such as a driver’s license or work ID, to your appointment.
It is the role of Linn County Public Health (LCPH) to plan for and respond to pandemics, along with our response partners. When vaccine is available, it is LCPH’s job to work with community partners to identify where to direct any available vaccine within the county, and ensure it is given appropriately.
LCPH works with providers to allocate vaccine, but does not oversee their appointment process. Local providers have their own process for contacting patients and making vaccine appointments:
LCPH must be able to change plans quickly to meet state and federal guidelines. LCPH does not control how much vaccine is available to the county. In some cases, local health departments also give vaccine.
Currently, community members are not able to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine in advance through Linn County Public Health (LCPH). As vaccine supplies increase in the coming weeks, we will continue to coordinate this distribution of available vaccine to local vaccine providers and will continue to notify our community as populations become eligible to receive vaccine.
If you are eligible for vaccine through your employer as part of Phase 1B Tiers and your employer has completed the COVID-19 Vaccine Registry form for Employers, your employer will be contacted when vaccine is available.
Providers with vaccine have begun contacting eligible patients. While many of our residents may now be eligible to receive vaccine, many will not get a call right away from their provider to schedule an appointment or – depending on the provider - be able to sign up online for an appointment time. Not all providers have vaccine to offer, and those that do have very limited amounts.
Local Vaccine Providers
For persons 65 years and older who do not have a primary care provider, LCPH will assist with locating a vaccine provider. Those individuals should call (319) 892-6097 for assistance or may contact:
Vaccine Provider Appointments
Frequently check your healthcare provider’s website for information and instructions for scheduling appointments:
Eastern Iowa Health Center is contacting eligible patients by phone, text and email to schedule appointments.
Mercy Cedar Rapids is contacting a list of Mercy and MercyCare patients with MyChart as vaccine supply allows.
Unity Point Health Cedar Rapids is contacting primary care patients by mail, phone, and text as vaccine supply allows.
The Retail Pharmacy Program began the week of February 8, 2021 in Iowa. Hy-Vee and CPESN pharmacies (Clark’s Pharmacy) have been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the pharmacy providers for this program. Additional pharmacies will be added at a later date.
Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 website, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 website, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, stay tuned to local news outlets for updated information.
Providers with vaccine have begun contacting eligible patients via phone, mail, or through notifications such as MyChart to inform them of vaccine availability. Vaccine availability may also be listed on healthcare provider’s websites. While many of our residents may now be eligible to receive vaccine, many will not get a call right away from their provider to schedule an appointment or – depending on the provider - be able to sign up online for an appointment time. Not all providers have vaccine to offer, and those that do have very limited amounts.
The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Linn County on December 15, 2020. This began the first phase, or Phase 1A, of vaccine distribution in our community. Because the supply of vaccine is very limited, a phased approach is being used to offer vaccine to populations most at risk. Populations to receive vaccine in the first phase were healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. As we slowly move into Phase 1B, we will continue to ensure Phase 1A populations that have not received their vaccine will continue to be offered a vaccination.
Yes. With more shipments of vaccine expected in the following months, vaccine will eventually be available to anyone who wants it.
Linn County Public Health will share information about when vaccine will be given to more groups within the general public once that information is available from federal and state partners. Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe.
Linn County began Phase 1B on February 1. Supply challenges continue to affect the ability to immediately provide COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible populations. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released Phase 1B priority population recommendations on January 12. These initial recommendations included prioritizing Iowans age 75 and older, and other Iowans who are vulnerable to high risk of exposure to COVID-19 or severity of illness as the result of a COVID-19 infection. On January 21, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowans age 65 years and over will also be included in Phase 1B to further expand eligibility of older adults. Vaccine remains in short supply. This means that it may take weeks to months for populations in the Governor’s Phase 1B to receive vaccine. More information on the tiers of Phase 1B can be found on the Linn County Public Health website.
All Eligible Populations
Federal, state and local health experts have been prioritizing populations to receive vaccine while vaccine supply remains low. Iowans who are vulnerable to high risk of exposure to COVID-19, or severity of illness as the result of a COVID-19 infection will begin to receive the vaccine first. If you are offered vaccine, it is recommended that you receive your vaccine. Vaccine supply is expected to increase substantially in 2021 and eventually be available to everyone who wants to receive it.
Yes. While COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is following federal and state recommendations for vaccine rollouts. Demand for vaccine is far greater than the supply coming into our community. COVID-19 vaccine supplies are arriving to our state and county very slowly and in limited quantity. Vaccine supply is expected to increase substantially in 2021 and eventually be available to everyone who wants to receive it. However, it is our understanding vaccine may slowly trickle in with larger quantities available beginning late spring. Therefore, it will take some time for our community to move through vaccine distribution as vaccine manufacturers ramp up production, while more finish clinical studies and are approved for use.
While COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is following federal and state recommendations for vaccine rollouts. First, priority groups are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) when vaccine supply is limited. ACIP presents their recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
On January 11, Iowa issued a vaccine shortage order - which included prioritizing Iowans age 75 and older - and other Iowans who are vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 or high-risk for illness as the result of a COVID-19 infection. These 1B populations were eligible to begin to receive vaccine by February 1, 2021. On January 21, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowans age 65 years and over will also be included in phase 1B to further expand eligibility of older adults.
Linn County Public Health will share information about when vaccine will be given to more groups within the general public once that information is available from federal and state partners. Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 website, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Due to the limited supply of vaccine, vaccine will be prioritized to those most at risk using a phased approach. The following phases have been recommended by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Populations included within Phase 1A:
Populations included within Phase 1B:
The Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Council has recommended priority populations for Phase 1C, which include individuals 65 years of age and older and individuals 64 years of age and younger with underlying medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Linn County began Phase 1B on February 1.
To be notified of when Linn County will move to the next phase, subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe. This information will also be posted on Linn County’s website, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Each state has their own vaccination plan. These plans identify who is eligible to receive the vaccine in each phase, while supply of the vaccine is limited, and are updated when more information becomes available. While most states are using federal recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a few states are not. Linn County Public Health is following both CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health recommendations of prioritization for this phased approach.
The first 2 COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the U.S. are messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines. mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine. Instead of using a weakened or dead version of the COVID-19 virus, they use a small strip of genetic code — the mRNA. This code teaches the body to make the spike protein found on the COVID-19 virus. Once the immune system recognizes the spike protein, it creates proteins that fight the infection. These are called antibodies and will recognize if COVID-19 enters the body. Simply put, this helps your immune system to recognize and fight off the virus if it enters your body.
No. At this time vaccine supplies are limited and it is important to get vaccines administered as quickly as possible. In the initial phases of vaccine distribution, those that choose to get a vaccine will be given the vaccine that is available at the time. Currently, both vaccines approved for use are two dose vaccines. Individuals who choose to be vaccinated will be given the same vaccine for both doses.
No. If you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you should not receive other vaccines at that time. It’s recommended you should wait 14 days before, or after, getting other vaccines before receiving a vaccine for COVID-19.
There are many benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine when offered to you.
COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for young children. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is not approved for people under the age of 16. The Moderna vaccine is not approved for people under the age of 18. Clinical trials to study how well the vaccine works have not been completed in infants, toddlers or kids in the Unites States.
The CDC has indicated that the vaccine may be given to those who are pregnant. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are currently breastfeeding, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about getting the vaccine. This is because pregnancy is a medical condition that typically excludes people from participating in clinical trials to study the safety and effectiveness of a drug. Excluding this group of people means there is little data available at this time. While there are currently no known risks of getting the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant, scientist are in the process of gathering additional data to learn more. Read more from the CDC about vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding.
No. Not only is disinformation spreading around the internet claiming that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility or miscarriage incorrect, this claim is also not medically possible. Infertility is not known to occur as a result of natural COVID-19 disease. This means that the immune response to the virus, whether created from an infection or by a vaccine, does not cause infertility.
The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines contain a small piece of the SARS-CoV-2 virus’s genetic material that instructs cells in the body to make the virus’s distinctive “spike” protein. After a person is vaccinated, their body produces copies of the spike protein, which does not cause disease, and triggers the immune system to learn to react defensively, producing an immune response against SARS-CoV-2. Contrary to false reports on social media, this protein is not the same as any involved in formation of the placenta. Learn more.
Vaccine is currently only available to healthcare personnel, residents of long-term care facilities, individuals who are age 65 and over, and other high risk populations identified in Phase 1B.
For persons 65 years and older who do not have a primary care provider, Linn County Public Health will assist with locating a vaccine provider. Those individuals should call (319) 892-6097 for assistance or may contact:
Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 website, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned to local news outlets for current information.
Eastern Iowa Health Center is contacting patients 65+ by phone, text and email to schedule appointments. Eligible patients and community members may also schedule appointments over the phone by dialing (319) 730-7300, #6. Learn more at https://easterniowahealthcenter.com/COVID19/vaccine/.
Mercy Medical Center is directing patients 65+, who are now eligible to receive vaccine, to their website. Mercy will open appointments to receive the vaccine as supply allows, which it anticipates will occur on a weekly basis. Supply allocations have been limited but, when available, qualified individuals can go to www.mercycare.org/covidvaccine to register online for an appointment. You do not need a MyChart account to register and can continue as a guest. If there are no appointments currently available, please check back regularly. Please do not call your primary care clinic or walk-in for vaccine. If you have additional questions or need assistance making an appointment, please call (319) 369-4604 to reach Mercy’s vaccine clinic call center.
Unity Point Health Cedar Rapids is contacting primary care patients 65+ by mail, phone and text as vaccine supply allows. Eligible patients experiencing technical difficulties may call (319) 730-9439.
The Retail Pharmacy Program began the week of February 8, 2021 in Iowa. Hy-Vee (and CPESN) pharmacies have been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the pharmacy providers for this program. Select Hy-Vee stores are now offering vaccine appointments for those who are 65 and older.
Clark’s Pharmacy has a link to add your name to the waitlist at www.clarksrxcr.com. Email is not required for the waitlist, but phone number is required.
Due to the limited supply of vaccine, mass vaccination clinics for the general public are not planned at this time. Once vaccine supply substantially increases, Linn County Public Health will use the strategies that are best to get vaccine to our community quickly, safely, and fairly.
Licensed providers interested in dispensing vaccine must complete an application from the Iowa Department of Public Health to administer COVID-19 vaccine. To date, nearly 100 independent providers and organizations in Linn County have applied and been approved through the state to give COVID-19 vaccine with the current model of vaccine distribution.
More information will be shared as healthcare provider applications are completed and prepared for public roll out. Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 website, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Linn County providers should contact Julie Stephens for assistance. Providers outside of Linn County should follow instructions for healthcare providers on the Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine.
Due to limited amount of vaccine available, appointments are required at all vaccine provider locations and are anticipated to fill quickly. Each provider has their own process for making vaccine appointments available to individuals 65 and older. Documentation needed for your appointment will depend on the provider your vaccination appointment is scheduled with. When you schedule your appointment online, be sure to read all the information provided to you at the time of scheduling. If you have scheduled your appointment over the phone, be sure to ask if you need to bring a form of identification with you to your appointment.
No. Immigration status does not matter. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines. Learn more.
Vaccine paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost (free). Providers that participate in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program agree to give the vaccine regardless of someone’s ability to pay or their insurance status. In some cases, a provider may charge a small fee to you or your health insurance for the administration of the vaccine, but they must not ask to be reimbursed from a vaccine recipient.
Safety is the top priority for any vaccine. Early results from the first COVID-19 vaccines tested in people showed it worked as intended with no serious side effects. New vaccines go through a series of tests during clinical trials. This data is then reviewed to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective. This is the process of all vaccines that come to market and the process to develop COVID-19 vaccines have been no different.
Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Yes. Health officials believe that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will offer protection against different COVID-19 variants. So far, studies suggest that the antibodies produced through vaccination with these currently authorized vaccines do recognize identified COVID-19 variants. Research is ongoing to fully understand these variants and how they affect vaccines. Learn more.
Several different vaccines have been developed for COVID-19. A few of them have made it through clinical trials and have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some are still in clinical trials. Typically, at least 3,000 study participated are vaccinated in each clinical trial for a vaccine. Learn more.
Most people will have some sort of short-term reaction to the vaccine. This is normal and happens because your body is building an immune response. People may experience pain at the injection site, a sore arm, body aches, fever, fatigue, headache, or stomach issues.
mRNA vaccines have been studied over the last two decades. However, the only way to know what, if any, long-term side effects result from the use of these mRNA vaccines is to follow the participants of the clinical trials, vaccinate and study many more people, and then follow all of them for several years. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) developed a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to increase the CDC’s ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with the COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC is also actively studying the long-term effects of COVID-19.
Allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine can occur, but they are rare. The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines that have been approved for use in the U.S. do not contain eggs, preservatives or latex. However, if you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated. For most people, though, having a bad reaction to a flu shot just means they should be monitored longer after they get the COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications—such as food, pet, venom, environmental, or latex allergies—get vaccinated. People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions may also get vaccinated.
The CDC has provided recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination providers about how to prepare for the possibility of a severe or allergic reaction. All people who get a COVID-19 vaccine should be monitored on site. People who have had severe allergic reactions or who have had any type of immediate allergic reaction to a vaccine or injectable therapy should be monitored for at least 30 minutes after getting the vaccine. All other people should be monitored for at least 15 minutes after getting the vaccine. Learn more.
Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about the medication you are taking.
The COVID-19 vaccines being distributed in the U.S. have been found to be both effective and safe for most people. Vaccines work by creating an immune response in our bodies. This immune response does more than just create antibodies against a disease: It primes our bodies to fight an infection. Sometimes, these changes can affect how the cells in our bodies use the medications we take. The chance of a negative reaction between the vaccine and any medication is extremely small. Taking medication is not a reason to delay getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not give you COVID-19. Vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms such as pain at the injection site, a sore arm, body aches, fever, fatigue, headache, or stomach issues. These symptoms are normal and a sign the body is building immunity. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the U.S., along with vaccines that have already been approved for use in the U.S., will not cause a positive test result from a viral COVID-19 test. Viral tests are used to see if you have a current infection. In this case, the answer to the question is no.
If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently working to assess how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results. In this case, the answer to the question is maybe.
It typically takes a few weeks to build immunity after receiving a vaccine. That means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. In this case, the person would test positive for COVID-19 shortly after getting the vaccine.
As is the length of time someone who was ill with COVID-19 remains immune, how long COVID-19 vaccine gives someone immunity is also not yet known. Data from clinical trials will be used to find out how long immunity will last and if a yearly booster dose of vaccine will be needed. As experts continue to study the vaccine, we will continue to learn more. However, building immunity from a vaccine is a much safer option.
The first COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved for use in the U.S. require two doses. Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be given 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine should be given 28 days apart. The different vaccine products will NOT be interchangeable. The second dose must be completed with the same vaccine brand as the first dose received.
All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S. use two shots. The first shot starts building protection. A second shot a few weeks later is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer. One vaccine in Phase 3 clinical trials only needs one shot. Learn more.
Individuals who choose to be vaccinated will be given the same vaccine for both doses. These mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products. The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the series should be completed with the same product. Learn more.
Yes. As long as a person has recovered from the acute symptoms of SARS-CoV-2, and meets the criteria to discontinue isolation, it is safe for them to get the vaccine. Learn more.
The protection someone gets from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies depending on the disease and from person to person. Since this virus is new, it is unknown how long natural immunity will last. As experts continue to study both the virus and the vaccines, we will continue to learn more. However, building immunity from a vaccine is a much safer option than to risk the complications from becoming ill from COVID-19.
At this time, experts do not know what percentage of people need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity to COVID-19. “Herd immunity” is when enough people have protection from either a previous infection, or have had a vaccination for that infection, to prevent the spread of an illness among the community. As a result, everyone within the community is protected even if some people don’t have any protection themselves. The percentage of people who need to have protection in order to achieve herd immunity varies by disease.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Vaccination will help you from getting COVID-19, and is a safer way to build protection than becoming sick with COVID-19. However, the combination of getting vaccinated and following recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
No. All of our mitigation strategies remain the same. These mitigation strategies are even more important, essential, and urgent in light of the new COVID-19 variants. Some of the new variants appear to spread more easily and quickly than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Mask mandates are issued by state and local governments rather than by CDC or other parts of the federal government. Mask mandates have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing community transmission of COVID-19 and relieving pressure on hospitals and the health system from COVID-19 cases. Maintaining widespread, correct use of face masks is one of the most important things we can do to keep schools open, further open our economy, and get so many unemployed persons back to work. Until there is low community transmission of COVID-19, more people vaccinated, and restoration of full economic activity, CDC will likely continue to recommend community use of face masks. Based on CDC recommendations plus the levels of community transmission of the virus, state and local governments will make decisions about whether to mandate mask use for their jurisdiction.
The Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS) is a tool that has been used by vaccine providers for many years. IRIS provides computerized tracking of immunizations for children, adolescents and adults who are seen in a variety of public and private health settings throughout the state. The IRIS program is able to document individual immunizations, track vaccine usage and vaccine distribution. Learn more.
No. There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database. Nor does the vaccine have the ability to control your mind.
This myth started after comments made by Bill Gates from The Gates Foundation about a digital certificate of vaccine records. The technology he was referencing is not a microchip, has not been implemented in any manner and is not tied to the development, testing or distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more.
No. Like most vaccinations, the vaccine is injected into your muscle. This is a “one way ride” and nothing is pulled back into the syringe. Needles used to administer vaccine are properly disposed of into a medical grade sharps container.
mRNA COVID-19 vaccines also do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Messenger RNA vaccines-also called mRNA vaccines- are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, mRNA COVID-19 vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. Learn more.
Local vaccine providers are working to make sure you receive your vaccine and will be patient in this process. A scammer may not be! Local vaccine providers are reaching out to eligible patients in multiple ways. This includes by mail, phone, text, email, or messaging such as MyChart to offer appointments. Vaccine providers will:
It is possible a vaccine provider will need to verify your social security number, leave a message, or send an email asking you to contact them.
Our local area agency on aging reported a scam in Iowa where someone calls to offer older Iowans the opportunity to buy a ticket to guarantee a space on the waiting list. The FBI has also warned the public to be aware of activities that indicate fraudulent activity. Learn more.
COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for young children. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is not approved for people under the age of 16. The Moderna vaccine is not approved for people under the age of 18. Clinical trials to study how well the vaccine works have not been completed in infants, toddlers or kids in the Unites States.
§ 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).
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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.