Administrative offices at City Hall and other facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Curbside garbage, recycling and organic waste will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day, but will be collected on Friday. Detailed schedule changes and other office closures: http://bit.ly/2OGZZyq
Residents who wish to report a property where the adjacent public sidewalk has not been cleared have three ways to notify the Neighborhood and Development Services Department:
- use the ICGovXpress mobile app on their smart phone (visit www.icgov.org/icgovxpressinfo to download the free app);
- access ICGovXpress on the City's website at www.icgov.org/icgovxpress; or
- call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152.
Complaints must be specific and must include an actual address in order for City staff to respond. Residents may first wish to view the complaint tracking map or complaint tracking list to see if a report has already been filed against the property in question, or to view properties that are being investigated by the Neighborhood and Development Services Department due to complaints from the public.
- a broken windshield or any other broken glass
- a broken door, fender, bumper, steering wheel, hood, trunk top or tail pipe
- lacks an engine or one or more wheels or any other part which renders the vehicle inoperable
- is a habitat for rats, mice, snakes or any other vermin or insects
- is not capable of moving in both forward and reverse
If the Department of Neighborhood and Development Services receives a complaint about an inoperable/obsolete vehicle, an inspector is sent out to verify the complaint. The inspector will post the vehicle and the property which gives the property owner 48 hours to move the vehicle. If the vehicle is still there after 48 hours, it is then posted with a "Notice to Abate" which informs the property owner that they have 10 days to move the vehicle or the City will tow it off of the property at the owner's expense.
The owner of an abandoned/vacant building is required to register the building with the City and have the building inspected on an annual basis if it remains vacant. Both a registration fee and an inspection fee will be required. The building must be maintained to comply with building, housing and nuisance codes. Failure to register an abandoned/vacant building and/or maintain the building will be considered a municipal infraction and result in subsequent fines and court costs.
The Iowa City off-street parking ordinance requires that vehicles on private property be parked on a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt. New gravel parking areas cannot be created but gravel parking areas created before 1974 can continue to be used as long as they are maintained. Parking vehicles on the grass is specifically prohibited. Vehicles cannot be parked so that they obstruct public sidewalks. Vehicles obstructing public sidewalks will be ticketed.
Begging is illegal when accompanied by harassment, assault or fraud; or conducted in confined spaces, thereby intruding on the physical privacy of others; or conducted in an area where the activity will impair orderly movement or otherwise create unreasonable health and safety concerns. (City Code 8-5-2).
Contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-6800.
It is unlawful for a person to engage in or not take legal steps to prevent any quarreling, fighting, disorderly conduct or any other conduct or condition that threatens injury to others or damage to property, or loud, raucous, disagreeable noises to the disturbance of the neighborhood, or to the disturbance of the general public upon their property or in their possession and/or to the disturbance of others in public places.
Contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275.
Open burning for campfires and outdoor cooking is permitted without any burning permit if performed in an approved container constructed of steel, brick or masonry. For more detailed information on Iowa City firepit regulation, visit the Iowa Fire Department website.
Contact the Iowa City Fire Department at 319-356-5260.
The City does not authorize amplified sound in a residential area with the exception of events held at churches or schools. If an event is planned in a residential neighborhood which would generate amplified sound, it is advised the planner contact neighbors as a courtesy to let them know when and how long the event will last. The planner should also contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275 to let them know where, when and a contact name in case they are called to the property due to a complaint. The Police Department may ask that the volume be lowered or turned off.
Contact the Neighborhood and Development Services Department at 319-356-5120.