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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.
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There are several ways to find out who owns property. Current ownership records are maintained by the County Auditor’s Office and can be viewed online. You will need to know the address for the property, its Geo-Parcel Number (GPN), or its legal description. You may also call the Auditor’s Office at 319-892-5300. Ownership records are a matter of public information. Offices are located in the Jean Oxley Public Service Center, 935 Second Street SW in Cedar Rapids. The Auditor’s Office is located on the 2nd floor; Planning and Development is on the 1st floor.
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.
To submit a request or if you have further questions, please email or call 319-892-5130.
The staff at Linn County Planning and Development would be happy to accept public speaking requests. The staff is available for public speaking on various topics concerning Building, Planning and Zoning. Please contact our office at (319) 892-5130 or via e-mail at [email protected]
Cedar Rapids Building 319-286-5831
Cedar Rapids Zoning 319-286-5836
City of Coggon 319-435-2314
City of Fairfax 319-846-2204
City of Hiawatha 319-393-1515
City of Marion 319-743-6330
City of Palo 319-851-2731
City of Robins 319-393-0588
City of Walker 319-448-4359
Contact Linn County Public Health on their webpage or via phone at (319) 892-6000.
Contact Linn County Public Health or via phone at 319-892-6000. Public Health has a map of allowable & restricted burn areas.
The hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are open through the lunch hour. We are located on the first floor of the Jean Oxley Public Service Center, 935 Second Street SW in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our main phone number is (319) 892-5130.
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.
View our calendar or contact the office of Linn County Planning & Development staff at 319-892-5130 for upcoming meeting dates. The Zoning meetings are listed on the Zoning division calendar.
Contact the utility companies directly for specific information on service availability.
Alliant Gas 800-822-4348
Alliant Electric 800-822-4348
Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) 319-377-1587
Mid-American Energy 888-427-5632
Linn County Public Health handles septic issues, they can also be reached via phone at 319-892-6000. For other drainage issues, contact NRCS, or via phone at 319-377-5960.
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.
The Linn County Engineering and Secondary Roads office issues E-911 addresses. They are located at 1888 County Home Road, Marion, Iowa and the phone number is 319-892-6400.
Linn County's Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan Map designates areas for growth and development, agricultural land protection, or for open space or other natural resource conservation. Each map designation has corresponding written land use policies. These policies provide guidelines to landowners, elected and appointed officials, citizens and county staff in making decisions regarding development proposals in unincorporated Linn County.
Application deadline designates 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 application deadline 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.
The Iowa Utilities Board is the authority having jurisdiction over the Heartland Greenway's proposed pipeline. There are 37 scheduled public informational meetings including a virtual meeting on January 19, 2022. Linn County Planning & Development does not review or have any authority over this project. Under certain circumstances, a floodplain permit or Conditional Use Floodplain permit may be required through Linn County Planning & Development.