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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.
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.
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.