Iowa law (section 372.1 of the Code of Iowa)* allows cities to choose from among eight (8) possible forms of municipal government, one of which is a Home Rule Charter. The Charter itself is an ordinance that sets forth how the city government is structured. On Nov. 15, 1973, the citizens of Iowa City chose to be governed by a Home Rule Charter, and the first Charter was adopted by Ordinance No. 76-2792 on Jan. 2, 1976.

City Charter

Guide To The Iowa City Charter