The City of Iowa City and Johnson County are focused on continuing critical operations including the police and fire departments, providing clean water, sewer services, trash and recycling collection, and transit, however some services have been impacted. Changes to operations will be communicated as circumstances evolve.
City and County Services Updates
- Animal Care and Adoption Center (City of Iowa City)
- Building Inspection Services (City of Iowa City)
- City Hall (City of Iowa City)
- Environmental Education Center (City of Iowa City)
- Housing Authority (City of Iowa City and Johnson County)
- Landfill (City of Iowa City and Johnson County)
- Library (City of Iowa City)
- Parks and Recreation (City of Iowa City)
- Senior Center (City of Iowa City and Johnson County)
- Transit (City of Iowa City and Johnson County)
- Utilities (City of Iowa City)
- Wastewater (City of Iowa City)
- Water (City of Iowa City)
- City of Coralville Information
- City of North Liberty Information
- Eastern Iowa Airport
- Iowa City Community School District Information
- Johnson County Information
The Animal Care and Adoption Center is operating with limited open hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The building remains locked and limited numbers of people are allowed to enter at one time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors should call 319-356-5295 when they arrive, or wait at the door to be allowed in.
Licensing and dog park permits can be done in person during open hours. Potential owners will also be allowed to view adoptable pets, following all safety guidelines.
The center will continue to take applications for animals by email, and will allow appointments to be made to view for animals on their webpage. Staff is also taking appointments for stray and owner surrender animals prior to arrival. Please call 319-356-5295 before delivering an animal.
Pet Food Donations
The center is working to help pet owners who are experiencing financial hardships during the pandemic by providing free pet food. The shelter is accepting donations of food for dogs, cats, and small animals.
To request food, pet owners can call the center at 319-356-5295.
To donate food, please drop off items at the side door, facing mostly east, between 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Prescription pet food will also be gladly accepted.
City Hall, which includes the front counter of the Neighborhood and Development Services, is closed until further notice. Building Inspection Services has outlined the following guidance to assist builders and developers in limiting interactions in the field.
Building inspections require remote virtual inspections for interior building inspections of occupied structures. Those with questions about setting up a remote inspection can contact Tim Hennes at 319-356-5122.
Required Radon Testing Delayed
The City's plan to verify radon testing at all single family detached and duplex rental units has been moved back to July 1, 2021.
While testing and mitigation are important, the City will delay the new radon requirements to reduce contact between staff and public to help limit the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit the website.
The closure of City Hall has been extended until further notice.
The Environmental Education Center located at the East Side Recycling Center is closed until further notice.
No events are being scheduled at this time. For more information, visit the website.
The Iowa City Housing Authority Office (ICHA) is closed until further notice. Housing Authority staff will continue to process needed paperwork, issue rent payments, and answer calls. Please continue to report all changes in income and family composition in writing.
Fair Housing Resources
The City of Iowa City’s Office of Equity and Human Rights is available to assist businesses, landlords, and property managers on questions concerning unlawful discrimination and harassment.
Staff has put together a memo containing guidance on fair housing and COVID-19. Memos on unlawful discrimination are available online at icgov.org.
If you have additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-356-5022.
The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center has reopened. All services are available.
- Cash is discouraged. Please use credit or debit card, or check.
- The landfill office is not open to the public. Please wait in line to talk with the scale operator or call 319-356-5151.
- In the self-serve recycling and composting areas, exercise social distancing of 6-feet between one another.
For information on how to handle waste materials during the pandemic, view Waste and Recycling COVID-19 Recommendations.
The Iowa City Public Library has scaled back current services due to increasing COVID-19 infections in Johnson County. Community safety continues to be the priority.
All decisions made by the Parks and Recreation Department are made to keep you as safe as possible during this pandemic.
Note: Playgrounds and other park equipment are not disinfected by operations staff. When using park facilities, consider the following precautions:
- Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water are not available.
- Recreate safely in groups of 10 or less and physically distance yourself from others by at least 6 feet.
- Wear a face covering.
Closed Facilities & Programs
These facilities and programs are closed/discontinued until further notice to discourage large gatherings and encourage physical distancing and/or an inability to sufficiently clean at an acceptable frequency, or lack of staff available to maintain them.
- Activity Guide - No guide, follow social media for program updates
- Athletic Fields & Courts
- Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Open Facilities & Programs
- Dog Parks
- Mercer Park Aquatic Center Pool - Available for preregistered lap lane swimming and water walking. Call or register online.
- Mercer Park P&G Room - Available M-F for small group rentals. Call for availability.
- Scanlon Gym - Available for preregistered singles basketball, pickleball, walking, and Tot Time. Call for availability.
- Shelters - Call for availability.
- Terrell Mill Skate Park
- Terry Trueblood Lodge and Ned Ashton House Rentals - Call for availability.
Any questions about Parks and Recreation openings or facilities can be directed to Juli Seydell-Johnson, Director, at Juli-SJohnson@iowa-city.org, or 319-356-5104.
The Senior Center is closed until further notice.
Iowa City Transit
Fare collection has resumed and riders will be asked to board through the front of the bus.
Iowa City Transit is continuing with procedures and policies to ensure the health and safety of our employees and riders including:
- Deep cleaning and sanitization of buses and transit facilities
- Plastic barriers near the driver area to promote social distancing
- Requiring drivers and passengers to wear face coverings
For further updates and bus schedules, visit the Iowa City Transit website.
Coralville, CAMBUS, Johnson County
For transportation updates related to Coralville Transit, Johnson County SEATS, CAMBUS, and more, visit the Johnson County Mobility Coordination website.
With City Hall closed to the public, the City is reminding residents that they can drop off utility bill payments at the dropbox located outside of City Hall (located in the City Hall lot immediately east of the building, across the street from New Pioneer Food Co-op).
Cash or check are accepted. Please include your payment stub, or the address and account number to apply the payment to.
Wastewater services will continue as normal. Residents can keep our wastewater services operating smoothly by not flushing disinfectant wipes or toiletry wipes down the toilet. Even if the packaging says "flushable," these wipes do not break down like toilet paper, causing operational issues at the wastewater facility.
Learn more by watching this video: "Why flushable wipes shouldn't go in the toilet"
The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Residents can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual. For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website.