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Work permits can either be obtained at the school your child attends or through the Iowa Workforce Development Center, call 319-365-9474, or visit their location on the Lower Level of Lindale Mall:
4444 First Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
In order to obtain a permit, you must present a certified copy of your child's birth certificate to the Iowa Workforce Development Center.
(assessed value based on market value)
(rollback based on valuation changes throughout Iowa)
(levy based on budgets of school, county, city, assessor, etc)
The rollback is the same for all properties of that class throughout the state
The taxable value is the value that your taxes are based on
The levy rate is a combination of the tax asking’s of the school, county, city or township, community college, assessor, and other entities whose area your property is located.
What does my property tax pay for?
Depending on the classification of the property, the assessment is to represent the market value of the property unless otherwise provided by Iowa Code. Residential, agricultural dwellings, multi-residential, commercial, and industrial classed properties are to be assessed at market value. Changes in market value as indicated by research, sales ratio studies and analysis of local conditions as well as economic trends both in and outside the construction industry are used in determining your assessment. Market value of a property is an estimate of the price that it would sell for on the open market on January 1st of the year of assessment. This is sometimes referred to as the ’arm’s length transaction’ or ’willing buyer/willing seller’ concept. Agricultural land and buildings are valued on productivity and net earning capacity.
Visit our Board of Review page for information on appealing your assessment.
On May 4, 2023, Governor Reynolds signed House File 718, establishing a homestead tax exemption for claimants 65 years of age or older. This new exemption is in addition to the homestead tax credit. With this new tax exemption, eligible claimants who own the home they live in and are 65 years of age or older on or before January 1 of the assessment year are now eligible for a homestead tax exemption. For the assessment year beginning on January 1, 2023, the exemption is for $3,250 of taxable value. For assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, the exemption is for $6,500 of taxable value. An exemption is a reduction in the taxable value of the property rather than a direct reduction in the amount of property tax you pay.
Applications for this new tax exemption for those 65 and older are available on the Iowa Department of Revenue website or you can apply in person at the Assessor's Office. Cedar Rapids residents should apply at the Cedar Rapids City Assessor's Office. Linn County residents who live outside the city limits of Cedar Rapids should apply at the Linn County Assessor's Office.
The deadline to apply is July 1.
On May 4, 2023, Governor Reynolds signed House File 718, establishing a homestead tax exemption for claimants 65 years of age or older. This new exemption is in addition to the homestead tax credit that many homeowners already have. With this new tax exemption, eligible claimants who own the home they live in and are 65 years of age or older on or before January 1 of the assessment year are now eligible for a homestead tax exemption.
For the assessment year beginning on January 1, 2023, the exemption is for $3,250 of taxable value. For assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, the exemption is for $6,500 of taxable value. An exemption is a reduction in the taxable value of the property rather than a direct reduction in the amount of property tax you pay.
The application for the homestead exemption is available on the Iowa Department of Revenue website.
Applications for Homestead Tax Credit and Exemptions must be filed or postmarked to your city or county assessor on or before July 1 of the year in which the credit or exemption is first claimed. A claim filed after July 1 of the year for which the person is claiming the credit or exemption shall be considered a claim filed for the following year.
Applications are available on the Iowa Department of Revenue website.
No, there is not an income level requirement for the 65+ homestead exemption.
On May 4, 2023, Governor Reynolds signed House File 718, establishing a homestead tax exemption for claimants 65 years of age or older. This new exemption is in addition to the homestead tax credit that many homeowners already have. Residents 65 and older should contact their Assessor's Office with questions about this new exemption. Cedar Rapids residents should contact the Cedar Rapids City Assessor's Office by calling 319-286-5888. Linn County residents who live outside the city limits of Cedar Rapids should contact the Linn County Assessor's Office by calling 319-892-5220.
An approved Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption claim will remain in effect on that homestead for future years without filing again as long as the person continues to qualify for the homestead credit or exemption.
Yes. Homeowners who are 65 or older AND a qualifying veteran are eligible for both the military exemption and the homestead tax exemption. If you have a spouse who is also over age 65, only one 65 and over homestead exemption is allowed per property.
There are several more credits or exemptions that may be applied for at your local assessor’s office or through another office. Each type of exemption or credit has specific criteria and rules. Some are one time sign up and others must be applied for annually. Here are a couple of links that will guide you:
Iowa Department of Revenue Credit and Exemption Page
Business Two-tier Assessment Limitation (Formerly BPTC)
If you would like to become a registered voter please fill out the voter registration form and mail it in to the Linn County Auditor's Office.
You may mail the form to:
Linn County Election Services935 2nd Street SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100 Voter Registration Form
Linn County Election Services935 2nd Street SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100 Absentee Ballot Request Form
The only time a voter is required to show identification is when a voter has become Inactive and decides to vote.
Poll workers may ask for identification to verify your information.
It is helpful to have your ID and Voter's Registration Card ready before you get to the sign in table.
There is also a web link where results maybe viewed as they come in.
The election results will not appear until the polls have closed.
11 Days before all other elections Pre-registering before an election places your name in the Election Register at your polling place and will make for a hassle-free voting experience. If you are not in the Election Register when appearing at your polling place, you must prove your identity and residence before being allowed to vote. This will take time and documentation. It is highly recommended that you register to vote or update your registration prior to the Pre-registration Deadline.
If you have questions please contact us at 319.892.5300 or [email protected]. Supervisor District Maps
http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu (State of Iowa)
http://www.terraserver.com/providers/usgs_urban.asp (Urbanized Areas Nationwide)
Linn County Public Health has recently moved the Open Burning application process to the Outdoor Air Quality webpage on our Linn County website.
Please find your parcel and apply here. (Chrome browser only)
Note: Permits are no longer issued until payment is received.
Where do I find my burn permit?
Permits can now be found on the Open Burning Map. Permits can be viewed by clicking on page 2 of the dialog box for any parcel. Questions? Please call 319-892-6000
County Home Road Site, Landfill & Recycling – 319-377-5290
Treasurer’s Office/Motor Vehicle Department Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center 935 2nd Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 319-892-5500 Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control319-286-5993
2021 IBC-IRC Building Ordinance Building Regulations
2020 NEC Electrical Ordinance Electrical Regulations
2021 IMC-IFGC Mechanical Ordinance Mechanical Regulations
2021 Plumbing Ordinance Plumbing Regulations
2021 IFC Fire Regulations Fire Regulations
Code books may be obtained from the International Code Council.
View current building and construction codes.
Permit fees are established to offset the cost of administering the building codes including plan review, inspection, inspector vehicles, staff support and record keeping. Building permit fees are calculated based on the valuation of the building or the work (material and labor) involved. In most cases, the building department determines the valuation based on square footage of various components. Calculate permit valuation by entering the square footage for each applicable portion of your project and use the Building Permit Fee Table to find the permit fee. Permit fees can also be obtained via email or by calling the Building Division at 319-892-5130.
Yes. Alterations and repairs require building permits. Certain work is exempt from permits, for example: painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work. If you have questions about whether a building permit is required, please call 319-892-5130 or click here to apply online.
Inspections are required at various stages of work in progress before that work is covered up. Footings require inspection before pouring concrete. Underground electrical, mechanical and plumbing work is inspected before covering. Rough in electrical, mechanical, plumbing and framing must be inspected & approved before covering with insulation or finish material (gypsum board). Inspections are also required on gas piping systems and electrical services. An approved final inspection is required before the building may be occupied. Note that Linn County inspectors are trained and certified as combination inspectors, which means each inspector is responsible for inspecting all trades. Please view these handouts for further information. Click Schedule an inspection online or call our office at 319-892-5130 to schedule an inspection by phone. Allow at least twenty- four hours if you need a specific time for an inspection. Inspection requests made on the same day will be worked in the schedule if possible.
Inspectors hours are Monday -Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Typically, inspectors are in the field performing inspections from 9:30 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. The best time to reach an inspector in the office is 8:00 – 9:00 in the morning and 4:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon. We can, on a case by case basis, do inspections between 8:00 - 9:30 when needed. Unlike some city jurisdictions, Linn County inspectors do not return to the office over the lunch hour due to the driving distances involved in the county. Our office phone number is 319-892-5130.
Separate building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits are required. Application for a building permit includes the submittal of electronic .pdf construction drawings. In order to determine a valuation and permit fee, please include the area in square feet for: each floor, finished basement, unfinished basement, garage, decks and porches. Plans are thoroughly reviewed by an inspector for code compliance before issuance of the building permit. Electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits must be obtained and work performed by contractors licensed (Master A) in the respective trade. Further information can be found on our webpage or this handout. Before the above permits can be issued, the Planning & Zoning Division must verify that all zoning requirements are met and must also approve a site plan. Planning and Development staff can assist in creating your site plan, but you will need to be able to provide the location of the proposed structure, distances from lot lines and well and septic drainage field locations. You can apply online or contact the Linn County Planning and Development at 319-892-5130 for alternate means of application. For information on well and septic system permits, contact the Public Health Department , 319-892-6000. For information on a driveway/entrance permit and addressing permit, contact the Linn County Engineer , 319-892-6400.
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.
Work exempt from building permits may still require zoning approval or flood plain permits. We recommend verifying what is needed for your project prior to beginning any type of work. Email Planning & Development or call 319-892-5130.
If your permit is expiring, you can request an 180 day extension. Your request will be reviewed by an inspector to determine if the permit can be extended or if new permits will be required to complete the project.
Community Partnerships for Protecting Children is an approach that neighborhoods, towns, cities, and states can adopt to improve how children are protected from maltreatment.
It aims to blend the work and expertise of professionals and community members to bolster supports for vulnerable families and children.
Community partnerships is not a program - rather, it is a way of working with families that helps services be more inviting, needs-based, accessible, and relevant.
It incorporates prevention strategies as well as those needed to address maltreatment, once identified.
This new approach to keeping children safe is needed because:
• Child safety is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week concern. The Child Protective Services agency cannot do it alone.
• Services that can help strengthen families need to be made available earlier, before a crisis occurs.
• Families are more likely to turn to people they know for help rather than to the system.
The community partnership approach is based on four fundamental principles:
• Services for vulnerable families should be individualized to address each child's and each family's specific needs.
• Formal and informal supports and services should be available to families through a neighborhood- and community-based network.
• The Public Child Protective Services agency should adapt its policies and practices to support the approach, including providing services to families earlier, before crises occur.
• Community members, especially parents, should be involved in shaping the strategies and the network of services provided for families, based on the community's own resources, needs and cultures.
Contact the CPPC Coordinator at 319-892-5714
The programs of Linn County Community Services are:
We ask that you call us as soon as possible to inform us of a cancellation.
We do not provide refunds for cancellations of facility and camping reservations, or for any of our program and shooting range permit registrations.
Please advise Conservation Headquarters of your facility reservation cancellation ASAP by calling 319-892-6450.
Please advise Wickiup Hill Learning Center of your program registration cancellation ASAP by calling 319-892-6485.
Most all sites are first-come, first serve.
This includes Wanatee Park Campground’s B Loop, Morgan Creek Park Campground, Pinicon Ridge’s Plains and Flying Squirrel Campgrounds, and Buffalo Creek Campground. Estimated availability of first-come first-serve areas may be found here: First-come First-Serve Campground Availability
There are 24 reservable campsites are in Wanatee Park’s A Loop. All but sites 14, 15, 17, and 19 have sewer hookup. Reservations must be made online more than 4 days in advance and can be reserved up to 1 year in advance. Once within the 4 days of the arrival date, reservations may not be booked and camping must be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are only available online here: Facility/Camping Reservations If no sites appear for the dates you have searched, the reservable A Loop at Wanatee Park is full.
PAYMENT: Our Rules and Regulations for camping state you may only register for your own campsite and that a camping unit (tent, trailer, RV, etc.) MUST be on the site. Coolers, chairs, and vehicles do not count as camping units. Self-register at the kiosk by completing the yellow camping envelope, paying exact fees by cash or check, and dropping that in the fees tube. The tearaway receipt on the envelope flap should be placed on your campsite post. You may pay night by night, or for as many days as you want up to 14 days. You may stay in any one of our parks for 14 out of 21 days before you will required to move to one of our other fine parks.
Our primitive areas at Wakpicada Natural Area, Matsell Bridge Natural Area, and Mt. Hope are also first-come, first serve and you may self-register onsite.
You can stay in one Linn CountyConservation campground for a maximum of 14 days out of any 21 day period. After that, we would ask that you move to one of our other campgrounds.
To change the date of an existing reservation, the request must be made at least three months prior to the reservation date. The new reservation date must be with two years of the date of the change request. A date change can only be made by calling the Conservation Office at (319) 892-6450 and will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. A new reservation would need to be made to change anything other than the date or adding optional amenities (i.e. keg fee).
Please call the Conservation Office at (319) 892-6450 ASAP to inform us of a cancellation. In order to better serve our customers in providing access to our facilities and a high quality experience we do not provide refunds for cancellations. Facilities with canceled reservations will be re-opened for reservation for the date of a cancellation.
Please notify us ASAP if you need to add, cancel or change registrations by calling Wickiup Hill Learning Center at 319-892-6485. No refunds are given for cancellations. The cancelled spot in the program, event, or camp will be re-opened to others if appropriate.
Please note the following when cleaning a facility you’ve reserved:
The Court automatically issues a No Contact Order in cases involving Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Stalking and Harassment. If you are the victim of some other type of crime the court cannot issue a No Contact Order. However, the Court can issue a Condition of Release, which states the defendant cannot have contact with you.
Victims can request to have a Civil Order of Protection put in place in situations in which there has been violence or the threat of violence in a domestic relationship or between adult family members that reside together. This can be done at the Civil Clerk of Court’s Office at the Linn County Courthouse.
No, only the victim is listed as the protected party in the No Contact Order in the criminal case. If you would like to include your children, you must file for a civil Order of Protection through the Linn County Civil Clerk of Court.
First, you must attend the Domestic Abuse meeting at the Linn County Attorney’s Office scheduled for you by law enforcement. If the charge is a simple misdemeanor, you will fill out a form explaining why you would like the No Contact Order canceled and then the attorney will take it to a judge to be approved. If the crime is a serious misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor or a felony, you will have to sign a form requesting a hearing to cancel the No Contact Order. You will then have to appear in court on the date of the hearing and the judge will rule if the No Contact Order can be lifted. These hearings are usually scheduled 2 to 3 weeks in the future.
Victims of Sexual Abuse can file for a Protection Order through the Linn County Clerk of Court.
Once charges have been filed by the Linn County Attorney’s Office, the State of Iowa is the one "pressing charges," not the victim. The resolution of the case is at the discretion of the attorney assigned to the case.
The process can vary greatly in length of time with the lesser offenses coming to a conclusion within 2 to 4 months and the more serious offenses can take as long as 2 to 3 years.
It is possible that no trial dates or sentencing dates have been scheduled, or we have not received your Victim Packet requesting to be a "registered victim." If you did not receive your Victim Packet or have moved since the case began, please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to your case.
No. Please contact a Victim/Witness Coordinator to discuss the situation and provide your new contact information.
Unfortunately, a trial date being reset is a common occurrence in the criminal justice system and happens for many different reasons. Factors that can influence how quickly a case is resolved can be as simple as trying to coordinate the schedules of attorneys, witnesses and the Court. If you have questions about the specific case you are involved in please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to your case.
A subpoena is a court order for a specific date and time that you are required to appear to give testimony regarding a case.
Talk with your employer and show him/her your subpoena. Employers are required to give you time to honor your subpoena by appearing in court, however they are not required to pay you for the time you miss work. If you do not appear, you may be subject to contempt proceedings.
A deposition is an opportunity for the defense attorney to ask questions of all of the witnesses involved in a case in order to prepare for trial. All depositions are taken under oath, normally in a conference room and with a county attorney present. There is no Judge or jury present for depositions.
This depends greatly on what the defendant is charged with but in general, you can claim losses directly related to the crime committed. In addition, if you have filed an insurance claim, please include that information on your Victim Restitution Form along with your deductible amount. If you have any questions about restitution please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to the case.
No. In a criminal case a victim is not entitled to receive a monetary amount for pain and suffering. Only out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed.
Most of the time, restitution cannot be ordered for the victim if the case is dismissed or the defendant is found not guilty.
At the sentencing hearing, victims have the right to make a Victim Impact Statement to the Judge. The statement should be written out and either read by the victim or the Victim/Witness Coordinator. It should include how this crime has affected your life and what changes you have had to make. It should also include what you feel is an appropriate punishment for the defendant. The Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to your case can help you prepare your Victim Impact Statement.
Once the defendant has been sentenced and ordered to pay restitution, they will be required to make monthly payments to the Clerk of Court. The Clerk of Court will then mail the check to you, the victim. If your address changes you will need to contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator to inform them of your new contact information.
If the defendant has missed three consecutive payments, they may be subject to a contempt proceeding. You can contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to the case to inform us you have not received restitution.
Your residential address determines what ballot you will receive. You may find your sample ballot by using our Elections Look-up Tool. The Linn County Election Services office has the sample ballots set up in this manner so the data is easy to find and less confusing for our users. Sample ballot styles can vary in number by the complexity of the election.
Your polling place is determined by your residential address. You may find your polling place by using our Elections Look-up Tool.
Yes. Our office has a variety of Election based maps online and printed maps at our office.
Ballots are secret and voters have the right to vote for any candidate they want.
The only time that party affiliation is important in terms of voting is in the case of a political party caucus or a primary election. In those cases, voters must be registered with the political party whose caucus or primary they wish to participate in. Voters have the right to change their affiliation and then participate in the caucus or primary election on, or prior to, the day those events are being held. Voters can only participate in one party's caucus or primary election each time those events take place.
An individual may register and vote on Election Day at his/her correct polling place.
Find your polling place online at www.linncountyelections.org/lookup. Election Day Registration Information
No. Individuals wanting to use the Election Day Registration process must vote immediately at the time of registration.
The county has a variety of elections in a four-year cycle. Those elections are: Primary Elections: These elections take place on even number years and the election is countywide. In the state of Iowa, the Primary Elections are “closed primaries” which means a voter wishing to participate will need to declare a party to vote the party’s primary ballot. Typically, there is only the Democratic and Republican Party ballots for the Primary Elections. There have been Primary Elections where additional parties have been added. General Elections: General Elections are held on even number years and the election is countywide. There are two types of General Elections, Presidential General Elections and Gubernatorial Elections. Presidential General Elections are held to elect the President of the United States on the first Tuesday followed by the first Monday in November every four years (2004, 2008 for example). Gubernatorial Elections are held to elect the Governor of Iowa in on the first Tuesday followed by the first Monday in November every four years (2006, 2010 for example). It is common for other Federal, State and County Offices, Township positions, a Judicial Ballot and public measures to be on the General Election ballot. City/School Elections: City/School elections are held in November during odd number years. Depending on the city and the form city government, positions on the city election ballot will vary. Registered voters who reside in the city are allowed to participate in this election. Registered voters who reside in the school district are allowed to participate in this election. Special Elections: Special Elections can be held on specific dates set by the Iowa Secretary of State during a calendar year. Special elections can be used to fill vacancies and to vote on public measures on a State, County, City or School District level. Common special elections in Linn County are Local Option Sales and Services Tax, School Bond and Revenue Purpose Statements and to fill vacancies.
The parties participating in the caucus are responsible for setting locations, staff and materials.
The Elections Office is simply the custodian of paperwork received from the political parties.
You may vote an absentee ballot either through the mail or in person at the Auditor's Office. Complete an absentee ballot request form (PDF). For more information, call 319-892-5300 or email.
Linn County Election Services
935 Second St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
Yes. Iowans who are temporarily away from their homes do not lose residency for voting purposes. As long as a voter does not register in more than one place, the voter's registration status will remain as it is. Our Address is: Linn County Election Services 935 2nd St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
No. Iowa does not have permanent absentee voting. Voters must complete a request for an absentee ballot for each election for which they would like an absentee ballot.
The last day our office can mail out a ballot is the 15 days before all elections. After this date, voters wanting to vote absentee must do so in-person at the Auditor's Office on the Monday before the election.
No. Absentee ballot requests do not need to be notarized or witnessed in Iowa.
No. An individual who has power of attorney does not have the authority to sign a voter registration form, request an absentee ballot, or cast an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter. If a voter is unable to sign, the voter can use a stamp or make a mark to sign. The voter may also ask for assistance and have someone sign the form on the voter's behalf as long as it is done in the voter's presence and with the voter's permission.
Yes. If you need help marking your ballot due to a physical disability or inability to read the ballot, you may choose any person to help you except your employer, your employer's agent, or an officer/agent of your union. If you are not physically able to sign the forms, you can use a stamp or make a mark to sign. You may also ask for assistance or have someone sign the form on your behalf as long as it is in your presence and with your permission.
There are also procedures for "spoiling" mailed absentee ballots that are sent with your absentee ballot. If you make a mistake, place all voting materials in the return envelope. Write “SPOILED BALLOT” on the return envelope. Mail or deliver the envelope to the County Auditor and request a replacement ballot.
You can track your absentee ballot online by using the Track Your Absentee Ballot search. You can see the date your absentee ballot request was processed by our office, the date the office sent your ballot, and the date the office received your voted ballot. Also you may call the Linn County Elections Office. Our phone number is 319-892-5300. There are procedures for obtaining a reissued ballot.
Call the Linn County Elections Office. Our phone number is 319-892-5300. There are procedures for obtaining a replacement ballot.
No. Iowa law prohibits these ballots from being counted if our office is notified of the death before absentee ballots are considered.
No. In Iowa, all absentee ballots that are received on time are considered for counting. Absentee ballots received by Election Day are counted on Election Day. Ballots received after Election Day but before the deadline are counted when the absentee and special voters' precinct board meets as long as they are postmarked the day before Election Day or earlier.
Yes. Iowans who are temporarily away from their homes do not lose residency for voting purposes. As long as a voter does not register in more than one place, the voter's registration status will remain as it is. Our address is: Linn County Election Services 935 2nd Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
No. The Iowa Voter Registration form will ask you to provide your Iowa driver's license number, Iowa non-operator number or the last four digits for your Social Security Number. Please be sure to provide this on the voter registration form so the Linn County Election Services Office can verify your identity. It is best to avoid any problems on election day when you go to cast your ballot!
College Students have a choice about where to register to vote. Students must decided between the school or home address for voter registration purposes.
Students attending college in Linn County may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
Students attending Coe College or Cornell College must include what dorm/building they are residing in. Unfortunately, both college campuses cross precinct boundaries which require additional information like your dorm/building name. This additional information allows our office to place you in the correct precinct and issue the proper ballot.
Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in Iowa or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.
Iowa voters are required to show ID at the polls before voting. The ID must be one of the following:
If you are not already registered to vote in Iowa and wish to register and vote on Election Day, you must provide proof of identity and residence at the polls to complete Election Day Registration. Click here to view information about Election Day Registration.
Iowa allows voters who expect to be away from, or unable to make it to, their polling location on Election Day to vote by mail-in ballot. Voters have to apply for a mail-in ballot.
The absentee ballot deadline is 10 days before a general election, like a Presidential or Gubernatorial Election, and 11 days before other elections. The absentee ballot request form must be in the Auditor's Office by 5 p.m. on the absentee ballot deadline.
Voters may apply for a mail-in ballot at the office starting 120 days before Election Day and ending the Friday before the election. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by the Election Services' office by the close of polls on Election Day, or postmarked by the day before Election Day and received by noon the following Monday.
Our mailing address is:Linn County Election Services935 2nd Street SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404
Early voting begins no more than 29 days before an election at the Linn County Election Services' Office.
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Our office is located in the Jean Oxley Public Service Center on the second floor at 935 2nd Street SW in Cedar Rapids.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for General (Presidential or Gubernatorial), Primary and Special Partisan Elections.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for School, City and Special Non-Partisan Election.
Find your Linn County polling location online.
New precincts and districts, excluding county supervisor districts, in go into place on January 15, 2022 which is written into the Iowa Constitution.
County Supervisor Districts will be drawn by Legislative Services Agency in late January.
After each decennial census, districts must be reapportioned for fair and balanced representation.
Federal House Districts, State Senate and House Districts are drawn by Legislative Services Agency and approved by the state congressional body.
Precinct boundaries can have no more than 3,500 people when precincts are created.
Precinct plans have been approved by the Secretary of State’s Office.
County Supervisor Districts will be drawn by Legislative Services Agency and approved by the Temporary Redistricting Commission. The Board of Supervisors has the final approve of the supervisor districts.
New districts and precincts can be viewed online at https://gis.linncountyiowa.gov/portal/apps/View/index.html?appid=61b044d1fd8c47ff85f134ee079a90dd.
House and senate districts can be viewed at https://gis.linncountyiowa.gov/portal/apps/View/index.html?appid=61b044d1fd8c47ff85f134ee079a90dd.
Adoption of School Director Districts Plans by May 15, 2023.
Community College Director District Boundaries must be completed by June 1, 2023.
Once precincts and a county supervisor district plan is approved, our office will begin working on migrating the lookup tool to the new precincts and county supervisor districts.
Legislative Services Agency draws county supervisor districts for Linn County.
Precincts must be nested within house districts and cannot cross these lines.
When drawing precinct boundaries, our office cannot take into consideration where polling places are and where elected officials live.
New precincts can be viewed online at https://gis.linncountyiowa.gov/portal/apps/View/index.html?appid=61b044d1fd8c47ff85f134ee079a90dd.
At this time, the Linn County Elections Office is considering what would work the best for voter outreach.
There will be 94 general election precincts in Linn County, Iowa when the plan is approved by the Secretary of State's Office.
After the 2002 and 2012 redistricting process, Linn County had 86 precincts.
You may register in person at our office, by mail, at the IDOT Cedar Rapids driver’s license station or any city hall in Linn County.
Registrants must complete an Official Iowa Voter Registration form.
Mail the completed form to: Linn County Election Services 935 2nd St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
Online through the Iowa Department of Transportation Online Service website. An Iowa Driver’s license or non-operator ID is required to register in this manner.
The pre-registration deadline is 15 days before all elections. After that date, anyone wishing to vote, either absentee or at the polls, must go through the Election Day registration process. This process must be done in-person either at the Auditor’s Office when voting absentee or at the polling location on Election Day. To avoid delays when voting, everyone is strongly encouraged to get registered or update their registration before the preregistration deadline. Voters who are not registered or have moved since the last time voting, may have to vote a provisional ballot if they cannot meet identification requirements at the polls.
A residence for voting purposes is where the voter's home is located. A business or any other non-residential property cannot be used for voter registration purposes unless that place is a primary, nighttime residence for the voter. Homeless people are residents of the place where they usually sleep. The voter can only declare one residence for voter registration purposes. There is no restriction on how long a voter has to live somewhere before it can become a residence for voting purposes. The Iowa Code does allow a voter's registration to be challenged for the reason that the voter is not a resident at the address where the voter is registered to vote.
Our office can mail a replacement voter registration card to you. Voter registration cards must be mailed. You may not pick up your registration card at the Auditor’s Office. You may request a duplicate voter registration card over the phone (319-892-5300).
You may also request a new voter registration card by completing this form.
No. Once you have registered to vote, you do not have to register before each election, unless you move to a new county in Iowa or new State. Voter registration is not transferable across county jurisdictions. If you have moved or changed your name, you must update your voter registration. You may update your voter registration by completing a voter registration form and mailing it to our office. To verify your voter registration, visit Am I Registered to Vote in Iowa?
Yes. However, your record can only be viewed or obtained by others for specific purposes outlined below. Voter registration records are public records as defined by Chapter 22 of the Code of Iowa. The records must be available for public inspection at reasonable times (§48A.34). Iowa law does not allow for a voter's registration record to be made private. Iowa law allows for the purchase of voter registration lists (See Iowa Code section 48A.38.) Requests can be made at our office. Both the Secretary of State's Office and county auditors are required to maintain a log containing the name, address, and telephone number of every person who receives voter registration information. A voter's Social Security number, driver's license number, non-operator ID number, and the name of an individual agency where a voter registration form was completed are confidential information and are never given to anyone requesting voter lists. Using the information for any commercial purpose is a serious misdemeanor under Iowa law.
Yes. Your voter registration status may change if the County Auditor's Office tried to contact you by mail and the piece of mail was returned undeliverable by the U.S. post office. Also, voter records may be cancelled if the voter no longer meets the qualifications to vote. For more information on voter registration qualifications, see Voter Registration information.
Before the end of voter pre-registration: Linn County registered voters may change their address without any proof of residency. After the end of voter pre-registration (15 days before the election): Linn County registered voters will need to have proper proof of residency to update their address if it is outside their previous precinct.
The following are acceptable proofs of residence:
Attester If you cannot prove where you live with the documents listed above, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true. Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud. It is a class “D” felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $7,500 and up to 5 years in prison Linn County registered voters who move within their precinct do not need to provide proof of residency. The best way to prove residency when making a change of address is with a valid Iowa driver’s license with a current address printed on it.
E-check - Flat Fee = $1.50
If no entrance permit is on file, you will need to apply for one. The entrance permit costs $50. We will need to know the top surface width of the driveway where it crosses the right of way. Residential driveways can be 16’ – 24’ wide and Commercial driveways can be 16’ – 30’ wide. A technician will go to the property to verify that the driveway conforms to our standards. The permit will be returned to you with any information needed to make the driveway conform. You can apply for the 911 address at the same time and on the same permit. We will need to know the approximate location of the entrance off the county road and where the building will be located.
If there is an entrance permit on file, you can apply for the 911 address. We will need to know the approximate location of the entrance off the county road and where the building will be located. The 911 permit, address and information will be sent to you through the mail. Please allow a week.
When a road is closed for a project the Road Department monitors the alternate routes that traffic is taking and obtains traffic counts, both manual and with automated devices, to determine the number of vehicles per day (vpd) on nearby rock roads. If the traffic count is consistently 200 vpd or greater the County will provide calcium chloride dust control. This approach is consistent with our Fugitive Dust policy. The calcium chloride is intended to suppress the dust, not eliminate it, in order to create safer driving conditions.
Find information about Linn County Secondary Road construction projects that are scheduled for the current year as well as the five-year construction plan on our Construction web page.
Residents can sign up for project updates through Notify Me on our website. Notify Me will allow you to receive updates by e-mail, text message or both. Updates can also be obtained by calling the Linn County Engineer’s Office at 319-892-6400.
Roads may be closed during construction to keep everyone safe or to allow materials to cure before traffic is allowed back on. Drivers not following the road closure signs are putting themselves and the workers in danger. Drivers that do not follow the signing may be ticketed and invoiced for any damage caused.
Barricades & possibly fence blocking access
Barricades staggered to allow access
No traffic allowed in or out
Traffic allowed to location within the closure
Impassible conditions within closure
Traffic not allowed to drive through without a destination within the closed road
All (concrete, asphalt, sealcoat, rock, etc.) drives adjacent to the paving will receive a granular taper to allow for the difference in road elevation (approximately 8”) after paving. Additional rock is available for $15/ton (10 ton minimum) if the property owner would like more rock. Property owners can pay to have their paved drives adjusted at a cost of $6/square foot. The cost to adjust a typical driveway is approximately $2,200. The rock placement and paved drive replacement is limited to within the County right-of-way. Please contact the Engineer’s Office if you are interested in having your paved drive replaced.
Dust Control Options
Private Contractor Applied - Permit applied for through private contractor.
County Applied – Permit applied for through County.
Self-Applied - Permit applied for through County.
Sign up Periods and Deadlines
Applicators may have an earlier deadline. Please contact them directly.
First Sign-Up Period: April 1 - May 10
Second Sign-Up Period: June 1 - July 10
Yes. If you would like someone from the Secondary Road Department to check it, you need a $50.00 non-refundable retain permit. The district foreman will review the seal coat. If the seal coat is in good shape, the permit will allow you to obtain patch material at a County shop through October 31st. If the seal coat is not in good shape, we will contact you so you can sign up for something new.
No. The permit fee pays for the department to send someone to go to the property and check the condition of the seal coat section. The permit also allows you to pick up patch mix from a county shop to fill potholes within your dust control section.
Yes. You can pay to put dust control on any county road.
Yes. It is a County road and you can pay to put dust control on any County road you want. What you will want to do is to make sure they don’t pay for dust control for the same portion of the road, as well. If they also want dust control, you can get together and share the cost or lengthen the distance of dust control.
Yes. They can blade lightly through chloride and lignin without damaging its effectiveness. We only blade through the dust control if there are holes that need to be filled. Any dust control areas on the road need to be marked so workers know the dust control agent is there when they come through with the blade.
No, we don't fill the gaps. If you have neighbors that are also getting dust control, you might want to talk to them about distances to ensure there are no gaps.
View our map of the districts. The general areas but not exact are: District #1: SW 1/4. West of I380. District #2: SE 1/4. East of I380 & South of Highway 151 District #3: NE 1/4. East of Highway 13 & North of Highway 151 District #4: NW 1/4. West of Highway 13 & North of County Home Road
Linn County's Winter Maintenance Operations Policy (PDF) sets our normal hours of operation at 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday These hours can be extended to 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include weekends during snow emergencies. If you have an emergency outside of these hours, dial 911.
Sign up to be notified when we respond to snow events.
The Operations Superintendent monitors multiple weather forecasting apps, uses the Iowa DOT Road Weather Information System to check air and pavement temperatures, and watches Iowa DOT live cameras to see current conditions when a winter weather event is predicted for Linn County. Then, around 1 a.m., the superintendent drives a two hour route through the whole County in two-wheel drive to get a sense of how difficult it is to get around. If the decision is made to call in crews for extended hours, the superintendent calls the seven managers who call the 30-41 other crew members for an early start time. Mechanics are also called in to be ready for any repair needs.
No. Salt and sand are only applied to hard surfaced roads due to the damage it can cause to rock roads. Gravel roads that become slick are roughed up with a motor grader to provide better traction. In some cases, lime, rock chips, sand, or rock is applied to the surface.
Salt on a gravel road causes maintenance problems as the road begins to thaw out, often making conditions worse. As the salt melts the snow/ice, it causes the salt and water solution to penetrate into the road surface. This causes the road surface to break up and loosens the previously hard packed surface. This process will continue to progress into the base of the road and can create a quicksand like effect. Further damage to the road can occur as vehicles drive over the road because they sink into the road instead of riding across the top.
During a Priority Route response, 30 crew members operating 30 truck plows usually take three hours to clear all hard surfaced roads in the secondary road system. During a Standard Route response, 41 crew members operating 30 truck plows and 11 motor graders usually take 10-12 hours to clear all Linn County secondary roads. Response times can vary greatly based upon the weather conditions.
You must fall within two categories, “ongoing” or “needy”, to receive assistance and that will determine how long you can receive assistance.
IAR stands for Interim Assistance Reimbursement. According to the Social Security Administration, interim assistance reimbursement is a payment SSA makes to reimburse an entity that has provided interim assistance (IA) in cash or through vendor payments to an individual for meeting basic needs.
Linn County General Assistance requires households to sign an IAR if they are requesting assistance on an ongoing basis.
United Way 211 is a free confidential information and referral service, ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. United Way 211 helps connect individual and families to community resources and the services they need, such as utility or rent assistance, food and clothing, counseling, and much more. Just dial 211 or toll free 866-469-2211. From a cell phone or pay phone, please dial 319-739-4211.
If you sold goods or provided labor etc., the money you made is earned income. If you have other sources of income such as child support, FIP benefits, social security benefits, or cash from friends or family etc. that money is unearned income.
The Linn County General Assistance program is assistance of last resort, meaning that we provide assistance when all other avenues of funding have been exhausted. Students enrolled in a technical school, college, university, or other higher education have other resources available to them for assistance often made available through their school’s Office of Financial Aid.
Contact Linn County Veterans Affairs Office at 319-892-5160 for help applying for veteran affairs medical benefits.
Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5), organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds.
Eligible activities include: projects designed for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical materials, artifacts, places, or structures; maintaining a historical library or collection; conducting historical studies or research; issuing publications; providing public lectures of historical interest; or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public. Grant proceeds may not be used for the purchase of physical structures, e.g., buildings.
Contact Joi Alexander, communications director, or call 319-892-5118, for more information.
If you live in Linn County and need help with at least two of the services Linn County Home Health (LCHH) provides, you are eligible.
General DCWs may assist with: - Grocery shopping and essential errands- Laundry-Life skills- Light housekeeping- Meal planning and preparation
No. Linn County Public Health is a separate department within Linn County that offers a wide variety of services. Please visit the Linn County Public Health website to find out more information.
The selection process takes a minimum of two to three weeks from the final position closing date. Some hiring supervisors may take several weeks to select applicants for interviews.
Those selected for interviews will be contacted by the hiring supervisor.
All Linn County jobs require completion of an online Linn County Employment Application. If you wish to submit a cover letter and resume in addition to the application, you may do so. You will not be contacted if you submit a cover letter and/or resume only. Applications are accepted for a 10 calendar-day period when a job becomes available. If a position becomes available later that you are interested in, you will be required to resubmit your online application for the new position. Information that you have entered in your master profile will be saved and available for future use.
You may also use the Job Interest Card to receive email notifications when positions become available in the job categories that are of interest to you.
Linn County is different from The City of Cedar Rapids. The City of CR posts current job openings on their website at www.cedar-rapids.org. For more information, contact the City of Cedar Rapids Human Resources Department at 319-286-5000.
Refer to the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Classified Ads Section on Sundays for Linn County job openings. Multiple jobs are listed as a display ad under the Municipal/Government category and individual jobs are categorized according to the type of job. For example, a Social Worker would be listed under the Human Services category and a Clerk Typist would be listed under the Clerical category. Linn County jobs may also be posted on the Corridor Careers website at www.CorridorCareers.com.
Visit Linn County's home page for more information about County government and to access the online application process for Linn County jobs at www.linncounty.org. Click "Job Opportunities" to apply online and to view descriptions of current job openings. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Department during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 319-892-5120.
Bulletin Board Postings
All County jobs are posted on a bulletin board located outside of the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center at 935 Second Street SW in Cedar Rapids. In addition, all County jobs are posted at various agencies, colleges, libraries, etc., in and around the Cedar Rapids area. The Iowa DES Workforce Center also receives and posts all Linn County jobs in their office and on an internet website.
The fastest, most efficient way to apply for benefits (file your initial claim) is online. The Internet filing option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please visit www.iowaworkforce.org for more information. If you need assistance filing your unemployment claim, you may visit your local Workforce Development Center. The Cedar Rapids Workforce Development Center (Iowa Works) is located at 4444 First Avenue NE, Suite 436 in Cedar Rapids (the Lower Level of Lindale Mall). You may contact the center by phone at 319-365-9474.
For more information on DHS issues please contact the DHS Office at 319-892-6700 or by email at [email protected].
For persons within the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha metro areas, Linn County LIFTS is a complimentary paratransit service. This means it is for persons who are unable to ride the public transit system because of a mental or physical disability. To be qualified, you must complete and submit an ADA Paratransit Application. Your application will be processed and a determination will be made as soon as possible.
LIFTS also provides accessible door-to-door public transportation services for senior citizens, people with disabilities and the general public throughout non-metropolitan areas of Linn County. For this service no qualification process is required. Please note – Persons in rural Linn County requesting rides should give as much as a week’s lead time to get their rides scheduled. Call 319-892-5170 if you have questions.
To make a reservation to ride LIFTS, call 319-892-5170, dispatch will be connected. Please call between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance.
LIFTS will not accept reservations in the form of a phone message, but you can leave us a message to call you back and make a reservation. Individuals should schedule rides at least one day prior to but no more than thirty days in advance of the day they need a ride. LIFTS will provide same-day service if space is available.
Be prepared to provide the following information when speaking with our staff:
LIFTS staff will then negotiate a pickup time within a two hour window (one hour each way) of your initially requested time. Once a time has been negotiated the bus may arrive 15 minutes before or after this time based on delays or cancellations that occur.
Within the Metro Area:
The basic cost of a one-way ride is $3.00. Riders must pay when boarding the vehicle. The correct fare must be paid in cash, tokens, or return ride cards. Drivers are NOT able to provide change. Riders who do not have the proper fare will not be transported.
If you need a personal care attendant, (a person or persons necessary for your health care), authorization must be approved by Cedar Rapids Transit. This will be asked on the eligibility application for LIFTS. This will allow the attendant(s) to ride for free – please notify the scheduler at the time the ride is requested. Companions are different than personal care attendants. One (1) companion is eligible to ride with you for the regular fare.
Extra companions (persons traveling with you simply for convenience) are permitted AS AVAILABILITY ALLOWS. Each companion will pay the $3.00 per one-way trip.
Outside the Metro Area::
The cost of a ride outside the metro area is $3.00 one way for senior citizens and disabled. The cost for general public is $6.00 one way.
The scheduler needs to know if a Service Animal will accompany you when scheduling the trip. Service animals are welcome on LIFTS buses.
It is important to cancel your ride as early as possible. By doing this, you make it possible for other riders to get the transportation they need.
Call 319-892-5170; the phone is staffed with an employee Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a voice mail system in place at all times to assist you in directing your call. You may call anytime day or night to cancel a ride. You must cancel at least one hour prior to the ride to avoid a missed ride (see the missed ride policy below).
If you are calling after hours for a cancellation, please leave the name of the rider, telephone number, date(s) and time(s) of trips you want cancelled. It is also helpful to include the pick-up and drop-off addresses of all the trips you wish to cancel.
Drivers cannot make scheduling changes. Please do not ask them to make any changes for you. All schedule changes must be done through direct communication with the LIFTS scheduler. Please call for any changes -319-892-5170.
If you need a personal care attendant, (a person or persons necessary for your health care), authorization must be approved by Cedar Rapids Transit. This will be asked on the eligibility application for LIFTS. This will allow the attendant(s) to ride for free – please notify the scheduler at the time the ride is requested. Companions are different than personal care attendants. One (1) companion is eligible to ride with you for the regular fare. Extra companions (persons traveling with you simply for convenience) are permitted as availability allows. Each companion will pay the $3 per one-way trip.
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, "service animal" means any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders and sounds, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.
Your service animal is welcome on LIFTS. No permit is required, but you may be asked to confirm that your animal is a service animal. You are responsible for the care and supervision of your animal while on board. A service animal should remain on the floor or in a customer's lap, but cannot be given its own seat. Uncontrolled service animals or service animals which threaten other customers cannot be accommodated.
An animal which solely provides emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship is not a service animal. These types of animals, "companion animals," are considered pets are not allowed to be transported on LIFTS buses, unless they are in an approved pet carrier.
In the metro area (Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion) service is provided:
Holidays - LIFTS is closed New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Times may vary for the observed holiday dates, if they differ from the actual holiday.
LIFTS does provide limited service on Saturdays, but does not provide service on Sundays. Saturday service is generally limited to the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha metro areas (no rural/county service).
Contact the Department of Human Services.
Because the Mental Health Access Center receives funding from the East Central Mental Health Region, anyone who is 18 years of age or older and lives in the following counties can use the services of the Mental Health Access Center: Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, and Linn. Patients can be brought in via law enforcement or mobile crisis teams. Patients can also be brought in with loved ones or come on their own.
Use of Mental Health Access Center services is 100 percent voluntary and the facility is not locked.
Use of Mental Health Access Center services is 100 percent voluntary and the facility is not locked.
The Linn County Mental Health Access Center is currently open for walk-ins (no appointment neccessary) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Linn County Mental Health Access Center is located at 501 13th St. NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Walk-in hours are currently Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No appointment is neccessary during that timeframe.
Each individual provider will work with patients on payment for services. A variety of payment options, based on household income, are available for patients seeking help at the Mental Health Access Center.
Each patient that comes into our doors will first be seen by a member of Foundation 2's crisis team. This staff member will take basic vitals to make sure no physical medical conditions are present. After vitals, staff will discuss the reason for your visit as well as work through screening tools that help the staff better understand your needs and work towards a successful discharge. These screenings consist of suicide screening, brain injury screening, and basic mental health and substance use disorder screening. Once this process is complete, we will work with you to determine the best level of care. This could be continued work with Foundation 2 or a warm hand off to our other three providers in the building: Abbe Community Health, Penn Center, or Area Substance Abuse Council.
No. All information that you give to us will be held strictly confidential. We cannot divulge any information without a signed release. To have any information shared you will need to complete a release of information form for us.
The Mental Health Access Center is fortunate to have partnerships with many other organizations in the community that can help address other needs besides mental health and substance use disorder. Our first priority will be addressing the immediate needs of the patient, but we will also help patients connect to other resources in the community.
Yes. Services at the Linn County Mental Health Access Center are 100 percent voluntary. It is not a locked facility and no services will be provided against the will of our patients.
No. Staff at the Linn County Mental Health Access Center understand that mental health and substance use disorder crises can occur throughout a person’s life. Therefore, there is no limit to the number of times an individual can use the services. Each time an individual uses the Mental Health Access Center, staff will address the primary presenting issue and work with the patient for the best plan of action regardless of whether the patient has used the services at a previous time.
Although this may seem like an odd piece of information to collect at a Mental Health Access Center, it is important for staff to assess all aspects of the patient’s well-being and that includes a few physical health assessments. Vitals may not be taken immediately if other assessments are critical to complete at the time. Vitals are also important to our higher-level services such as medical detox and crisis observation. Once a patient is admitted to those services, vitals are taken by nursing staff on an ongoing basis.
Support systems for those addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder crises is vitally important and in normal circumstances we encourage any loved ones or friends to accompany a patient to the Access Center and stay with the patient while they are in our care. However, due to COVID-19 safety protocols, patients can have one support person accompany them into the Access Center during triage and non-overnight stays. If a patient needs to stay overnight, staff will provide ways to keep patients connected to support systems via phone calls, FaceTime, or other online means.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many of the ways we function within medical settings. The Mental Health Access Center also has had to adjust policies and procedures to keep both patients and staff safe. The following COVID-19 safety protocols are in place at the Mental Health Access Center:
In the event of bad weather, Linn County will announce on local WMT radio and KCRG-TV9 if Options will be closed. Just because local schools are closed, doesn’t mean Options is closed.
The Options facility at 1240 26th Ave Court SW is open and staffed from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Options is closed weekends and for 13 holidays during the year.
Please note: drop off times are 8:45 - 9:00 a.m., and pick up times are 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.
The Options Consumer Handbook can be viewed here.
Options provides transportation to/from Day Hab outings, within programming hours.
Monthly city bus passes may be purchased at the Ground Transportation Center, 450 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost of bus fares differ from full to discounted for passengers with disabilities. Check with the Ground Transportation Center to see if you qualify for discounts.
Linn County LIFTS provides transportation for residents in Linn County. Call LIFTS at 892-5170, to check if there is a route near you. LIFTS rides are $3 per ride. LIFTS tokens may be purchased at Options for $60 for 20 tokens. Checks should be made out to LIFTS.
Yes, Options provides many different volunteer opportunities during programming hours. Options is fortunate to have relationships with many community businesses that also provide volunteer opportunities, including:
No, we do not forsee Options closing in the near future.
An agri-community is a development built around a working farm – think of a golf course development, only instead of a golf course the central amenity is a farm. Typically, the farm is relatively small, uses farming practices that minimize the impacts on the surrounding development, and welcomes the surrounding residents and neighbors to get to know the farmer and learn about the farm operation.
The north 306 acres is adjacent to the county-owned Wanatee Park and the City of Cedar Rapids' Gardner Municipal Golf Course. Because of its strategic location adjacent to existing park and recreation facilities, this was the County’s priority for acquisition. The intended long-term use of the 306-acre area is for conservation and related uses.
The south 179 acres, bordered by Mt. Vernon Road on the south, Dows Road on the west, and the Squaw Creek Ridge residential development on the northeast, was included with the purchase and is the project area for the Dows Farm Agri-Community.
The Dows Farm Agri-Community keeps 75% of the site in conservation open space or agriculture, with only 25% of the site allocated to development of a mix of housing types and a carefully integrated commercial area. Based on feedback from the Phase One Concept Plan, the Phase Two Plan shows a reduction of 100 total dwelling units (from 351 to 251), mostly through a reduction in the number of center hall apartment units.
A maximum of 251 total residential units (1.4 units/acre overall density):
There will also be approximately 40,700 gross square feet of commercial space.
Yes. The property is designated for urban development on the County’s Future Land Use Map, and can be served by city water and sewer. While there are many factors that would determine a final design, it is possible to estimate with some confidence a range of residential lots developed under a conventional subdivision proposal.
It is reasonable to estimate a minimum of 106 single-family residential lots at a 1-acre lot size, with up to 85% of the site developed and only 15% in open space as flood hazard area.
In order to reduce the cost per lot of providing city water and sewer, it is also reasonable to assume that lot sizes may be smaller than 1 acre, or that duplexes would be included. Lot sizes ranging from ½ acre down to ¼-acre result in a range of 212 – 424 residential lots. Again, up to 85% of the site would be developed, with only 15% in open space as flood hazard area.
The density is very comparable to what it would be as a conventional subdivision. The table below shows a comparison between the density of the Dows Farm Agri-Community with that of conventional subdivisions of various lot sizes.
Yes. Plus, based on feedback from neighbors in response to the Phase 1 Concept Plan, the street design has been revised to eliminate direct access from the development onto Dows Road. The Traffic Impact Study concludes:
No. Linn County will issue requests for proposals to developers, and will select a developer (or developers) based on their proposals, or bids, to develop the property in accordance with the Dows Farm Agri-Community guidelines. The design of the buildings, the interspersing of open space within the development, and the relationships between the uses will be carefully governed as part of the development requirements.
That depends on a number of factors, such as how much of the market it will capture, and interest rates. A Residential Market Analysis has been completed. The Residential Market Analysis concludes:
Contact Charlie Nichols, Linn County Planning & Development Director at 319-892-5139 or by email at [email protected].
Iowa Code Chapters 479 and 479B give the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) authority to oversee the state permitting process for intrastate hazardous liquid or natural gas pipelines. The IUB reviews the location and route of proposed pipelines, and may grant the permit with conditions related to these factors. There are no specific rules as to a pipeline’s location or setback. Both chapters require the IUB to consider the “the relationship of the proposed project to the present and future land use and zoning ordinances. (The Iowa Legislature, 2022, p. 479.6(9) and 479B.5(7))” as the petition for a permit must include this information. While the IUB must consider county zoning and future land use plans, the IUB is not the enforcement authority to ensure zoning and future land use plans are met. This can be interpreted as left to counties.
Linn County is proposing an ordinance that is purposefully limited to establishing setbacks for hazardous materials pipelines to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Linn County residents in conformance with the Linn County Comprehensive Plan.
In May 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a new rulemaking for carbon dioxide pipelines, in response to a pipeline failure in Satartia, Mississippi (PHMSA, PHMSA Announces New Safety Measures to Protect Americans From Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Failures After Satartia, MS Leak, 2022). The standards are not yet available from PHMSA. In the absence of updated standards, Linn County is proposing setbacks based on the best available current knowledge.
A solar farm, also known as as utility scale solar is defined in Linn County as a group of interconnected solar panels/arrays that convert sunlight into electricity for the primary purpose of wholesale or retail sales of generated electricity. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) most US utility-scale solar power plants produce between 1-5 megawatts of solar power. However some can generate 50 megawatts or greater. The US currently has more than 2,500 utility- scale solar electricity generating facilities.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), “the primary defining characteristic of utility-scale solar projects are that they sell the power they generate directly into the electric grid. What distinguishes utility-scale solar from consumer-scale solar is both project size and the fact that electricity is sold to wholesale utility buyers, not end use consumers.”
A utility-scale solar project requires an application to rezone the area to be used for the solar installation to (RE) Renewable Energy Overlay Zoning District. The Linn County Planning & Zoning Commission shall hear the rezoning request and will forward a recommendation of approval or denial to the Linn County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors will hold three public hearings for the rezoning request before making their final decision. For more information on the permitting, visit our solar farm webpage. Meeting dates can be found on the Zoning Calendar.
Requests to rezone property to an RE (Renewable Energy) overlay zoning district must meet all current rezoning standards for review in Article IV, Section 107-69 of the Unified Development Code, with some exceptions as noted below. These standards for review are evaluated by Linn County Planning & Development staff in a report that is generated prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The applicable rezoning standards for review are:
Linn County will require any solar developer to meet specific requirements and submit documents detailing and minimizing any impacts associated with the project. Specific requirements for solar projects include:
Documents required of the solar developer by Linn County include:
Most utility scale solar projects last for 25-30 years, which is the average lifespan of a solar panel. At the end of a utility scale solar project in Linn County, the applicant will required to follow their approved decommissioning plan. All decommissioning plans must include details on:
The decommissioning plan will take effect at the end of the project or following a continuous one-year period with no electricity generation. The project owner will have one year to complete all decommissioning activities.
Consumer-scale solar is defined in Linn County as a solar panel or array mounted on a building, pole or rack that is accessory to the primary use of the parcel on which it is located and which is directly connected to or designed to serve the energy needs of the primary use. When electricity is produced at or near the point where it is used it can be referred to as Distributed Generation. Distributed solar energy is typically located on rooftops or ground-mounted, and usually connected to the local utility grid.
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 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. Phones are answered until 4:00 p.m.
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
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.
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.
Zoning Fee Schedule.
Process information for Planning, Zoning, or Engineering cases can be found here.
Mosquitoes pick up the virus from birds that are infected with WNV.
Symptoms of WNV are often so mild, many people who contract WNV never know it and recover fully from it.
Severe WNV infections may include symptoms such as a high fever, headaches, muscle aches, weakness, seizures, paralysis and/or result in death. These infections are rare.
Those at the greatest risk for WNV include people age 50 and older and immuno-compromised individuals.
Mosquito breeding areas may include bird-baths, flower pots, used tires, floodwater areas, clogged storm drains, gutters, marshes, non-chlorinated backyard pools and other areas susceptible to water collection.
When symptoms occur, it is usually within 3 to 15 days after the mosquito bite.
You can help control the mosquito population and prevent WNV by following these simple steps:
Remove old tires, and buckets from your yardChange the water in birdbaths and pet dishes every 3 daysAvoid over-watering flower pots and gardensClean gutters regularlyKeep pools chlorinated and cover them when possibleRepair holes that cause puddles in driveways and yardsApply 30 % DEET repellent when outdoors – Use no more than 10% DEET on childrenWear baggy or loose-fitting clothing when outdoorsRepair holes in door and window screensAvoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawnReplace outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights and avoid using bug zappers--they attract more mosquitoes than they kill
Board of Health reception is typically the same week as Public Health week.
Communities who have impacted public health are invited.
If you would like to attend and have not received your invitation
contact Kim Honn
Yes, you are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected, and not to protect you from becoming infected.
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 you should follow CDC's quarantine guidance and get tested on Day 5, if possible.
People with COVID-19 can still spread the virus even if they don’t have any symptoms. If you were around someone who had COVID-19, it is critical that you follow CDC's quarantine guidance and get tested on Day 5, if possible.
If you have been around someone who was identified as a close contact to a person with COVID-19, closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. You do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms or if the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19.
No. Immigration status does not matter. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines. Learn more.
Vaccine paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost (free). Providers that participate in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program agree to give the vaccine regardless of someone’s ability to pay or their insurance status. In some cases, a provider may charge a small fee to your health insurance for the administration of the vaccine, but they must not ask to be reimbursed from a vaccine recipient.
Vaccine paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost (free). Providers that participate in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program agree to give the vaccine regardless of someone’s ability to pay or their insurance status. In some cases, a provider may charge a small fee to your health insurance for the administration of the vaccine, but they must not ask to be reimbursed from a vaccine recipient. Learn more.
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. Learn more.
The Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS) is a tool that has been used by vaccine providers for many years. IRIS provides computerized tracking of immunizations for children, adolescents and adults who are seen in a variety of public and private health settings throughout the state. The IRIS program is able to document individual immunizations, track vaccine usage and vaccine distribution. Learn more.
CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Learn more, here.
No, none of the approved COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. However, building immunity from a vaccine is a much safer option and these symptoms are normal signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. View a step by step Instructional Video on how to subscribe.
Yes. The protection someone gets from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies depending on the disease and from person to person. Since this virus is new, it is unknown how long natural immunity will last. As experts continue to study both the virus and the vaccines, we will continue to learn more. However, building immunity from a vaccine is a much safer option than to risk the complications from becoming ill from COVID-19. Learn more.
There are many benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine when offered to you. Learn more.
Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. Learn when to receive a booster.
Research is ongoing to fully understand these variants and how they affect vaccines. Learn more.
The first 2 COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the U.S. were messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines. Learn more about mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, here.
No. However, it typically takes a few weeks to build immunity after receiving a vaccine. That means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. In this case, the person would test positive for COVID-19 shortly after getting the vaccine.
The protection someone gets from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies depending on the disease and from person to person. Since this virus is new, it is unknown how long natural immunity will last. As experts continue to study both the virus and the vaccines, we will continue to learn more. However, building immunity from a vaccine is a much safer option than to risk the complications from becoming ill from COVID-19.
As is the length of time someone who was ill with COVID-19 remains immune, how long COVID-19 vaccine gives someone immunity is also not yet known. As experts continue to study the vaccine, we will continue to learn more. However, building immunity from a vaccine is a much safer option.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Vaccination will help you from getting COVID-19, and is a safer way to build protection than becoming sick with COVID-19. However, the combination of getting vaccinated and following recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
At this time, experts do not know what percentage of people need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity to COVID-19. “Herd immunity” is when enough people have protection from either a previous infection, or have had a vaccination for that infection, to prevent the spread of an illness among the community. As a result, everyone within the community is protected even if some people don’t have any protection themselves. The percentage of people who need to have protection in order to achieve herd immunity varies by disease.
COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for babies and young children. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is not approved for people under the age of 5. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not approved for people under the age of 18. Learn more.
There are many benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more.
No. There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database. Nor does the vaccine have the ability to control your mind.
This myth started after comments made by Bill Gates from The Gates Foundation about a digital certificate of vaccine records. The technology he was referencing is not a microchip, has not been implemented in any manner and is not tied to the development, testing or distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more.
No. Like most vaccinations, the vaccine is injected into your muscle. This is a “one way ride” and nothing is pulled back into the syringe. Needles used to administer vaccine are properly disposed of into a medical grade sharps container.
A COVID-19 vaccine will also not alter your DNA. Learn more.
Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here.
View information about side effects from the CDC, here.
Several different vaccines have been developed for COVID-19. A few of them have made it through clinical trials and have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some are still in clinical trials. Of the vaccines approved for use in the U.S., between 30,000 to 45,000 participants enrolled to participate in each study. View information about individual clinical trials, here.
Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with allergies can be found, here.
The first 2 COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the U.S. were messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines. Learn more about mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, here.
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing . Learn more.
CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Learn more.
Yes. Learn more.
No. Learn more.
No. However, it typically takes a few weeks to build immunity after receiving a vaccine. That means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. In this case, the person would test positive for COVID-19 shortly after getting the vaccine.
Local vaccine providers are working to make sure you receive your vaccine and will be patient in this process. A scammer may not be! Local vaccine providers are reaching out to patients in multiple ways. This includes by mail, phone, text, email, or messaging such as MyChart to offer appointments.
It is possible a vaccine provider will need to verify your social security number, leave a message, or send an email asking you to contact them.
§ Visually Impaired: I may need to be led to safety.§ Hearing Impaired: I may need TDD or other special emergency warning notification.§ Mobility Impaired: I may need special transportation to evacuate, like an ambulance or handicapped accessible bus.§ Mental Health Conditions: I may need help with supportive services because I may have a significant issue coping during an emergency due to my mental health concerns.§ Intellectual Disabilities: I may need a family member or someone assigned to me in a shelter.§ Medical Conditions: I need electricity for medical equipment. 3 Ways to Register
1. Call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-469-22112. Complete and return a Special Needs Registry Card, which was delivered with your Yellow Book Telephone Directory3. Go to www.linncounty-ema.org and complete the Special Needs Card online.
Radon is undetectable except through specific testing. Every home in Iowa should be tested for radon. Most people start the testing process by using a do-it-yourself radon test kit. Testing for real estate transactions is a little different, call for information 1-319-892-6000 or www.lchh.org
My Care Community is a local group of community providers who connect you to programs that keep you healthy and safe. We coordinate care for you and your family, so it’s easy to make appointments, get referrals and find the care you’re looking for.
When you visit a My Care Community partner organization, you can choose to join My Care Community. Just give us the OK to work with our partner organizations to figure out if you are eligible for certain programs and services. Then, we will connect you with the right resources to ensure you can achieve your best quality of life.
Sometimes you need more care than one organization can provide. That’s where My Care Community comes in. Our friendly and welcoming care coordinators listen to your story and help you determine what care is needed. They then connect you to any additional programs and services you may qualify for.
My Care Community partner organizations communicate, share resources, and coordinate referrals to improve the health and well-being of those in our own communities. By providing this type of care coordination, My Care Community works to provide better care throughout our entire community to ensure everyone has access to the resources for living their safest and healthiest lives.
Our partners offer a variety of different health care and social services, from regular doctor’s appointments and check-ups, to mental health screenings, child care assistance, addiction treatment and more.
See our list of partners at mycarelinnco.org for more information.
My Care Community strives to create a safe and healthy community for all. By joining My Care Community, as an individual or partner organization, the following benefits can be gained:
My Care Community is open to all residents located within the service area of our partners.
It’s easy to join My Care Community. The next time you visit one of our partner organizations, just ask. You’ll sign a consent form allowing us to help and refer you to our partners, and we’ll take care of the rest! If you ever decide to leave My Care Community, you can opt out at any time, for any reason.
No. My Care Community is a free service open to all local residents.
Yes. We respect your privacy and take every step to keep your information safe. Only authorized partners can see your information and will only do so for the purposes of coordinating care. Prior to being connected with resources, all individuals must sign a consent form, which enables My Care Community to coordinate care on your behalf.
We use the most up-to-date technology to keep the data in our network safe. All of our systems comply with state and federal laws that protect your information, including HIPAA.
Enter the address where the burn will occur into the Linn County online Open Burn Permit Application Tool (https://lcgis.linncounty.org/apps/health/openburning/). The Tool will evaluate the address and determine whether the property is outside of the established "no burn" areas. If burning is allowed, you then have the option of applying for an Open Burn Permit for that property. Alternatively, you may call Linn County Public Health at (319) 892-6000 and ask for assistance.
Typically, Open Burn Permits are valid for 12 months following the issuance date. Permits granted for training fires or prairie burns may only be valid for 30 days. Please check the expiration date on your issued Open Burn Permit to verify the expiration date.
All Open Burning Permits cost $25. Payments can be made in-person or over the phone via credit card (fees apply). Payment is expected prior to issuance of the permit.
The Open Burning Permit Application Tool can be used to recover your issued, valid Open Burn Permit. The following guidance is provided: /DocumentCenter/View/16701
When applying for an Open Burn Permit, you will be expected to disclose what materials will be burned. There is some overlap in the categories offered in the application process and we understand that these categories may cause confusion. If you have any questions regarding the appropriate category to select when applying for an open Burn Permit, please contact Linn County Public Health.
The "Landscape Wastes" category includes grass, leaves, weeds, trees, tree limbs, and other natural growth and agricultural wastes. In most circumstances, this specifically applies to trees and tree limbs originating on the property where the burn will take place and is appropriate for most residents of Linn County.
The "Tree and Tree Trimmings" category is specifically for the burning of trees and tree trimmings not originating on the premises for a burning site operated by a local government entity. This category is not appropriate for most residents of Linn County with the goal of burning trees, leaves, and tree limbs.
Linn County Code of Ordinances Section 10-63 (https://library.municode.com/ia/linn_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTICOOR_CH10EN_ARTIIIAIQU_S10-63OPBU) itemizes the materials that may be burned legally and the limitations that surround how those materials may be burned. Most Open Burn Permits are issued for "Landscape Wastes," which include grass, leaves, weeds, trees, tree limbs, natural growth for land clearing, and agricultural wastes. Permits are also allowed for disaster rubbish, ceremonial burning, agricultural structures, training fires, and other approved reasons. All permit holders are expected to follow the limitations itemized in their permit and in accordance with the Linn County Code of Ordinances.
Military discharge records are not available to anyone who cannot prove they are entitled to the record. Identification must be given to prove entitlement.
The process is simple. Acquire a U.S. Passport Renewal application form and follow the instructions on the form. You will send your paperwork directly to the Passport Processing Center and they will send the renewed passport directly to you.
No, divorces are court actions, so the records are kept at the Clerk of District Court's office. Please contact the Clerk of Court, Civil Division at 319-398-3411.
At this time, the Clerk of Court is not performing marriage ceremonies due to COVID-19. The Clerk of Court is a division of the State of Iowa. For questions about the Clerk of Court, please contact them at 319-398-3411 or visit the Iowa Judicial Branch website.
Officiants shall be ordained in the state of Iowa to perform marriage ceremonies. Visit IDPH for Officiant Brochure requirements. Proof of registration is not required when applying for a marriage application.
Certified copies are $15 each.
Recorder's Office of Vital Records Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center (2nd floor) 935 2nd St. SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Your License to Marry does not expire once it is picked up from the Recorder's Office. Paperwork shall be picked up from the Recorder's office within six months or else it will expire. If the paperwork is lost, a new application and fee shall be submitted.
Please call our office at 319-892-5445 to determine which office(s) may have your record. You may also call VitalCheck at 1(866)809-0290 to order a certified copy. You must have a credit card in your name with the same address. The fee is more for this service than if you order in person at the county registrar's office.
No. Each party to the marriage application must sign the application in front of an authorized Notary Public who is not a family member. The Linn County Recorder's Office has authorized Notary Publics on staff.
Linn County is self-insured for workers’ compensation, auto liability and general liability. Linn County also carries commercial property and flood insurance policies through national carriers.
Claims should be submitted in writing to the Risk Management Office for consideration. Details including date(s), time, location, and department involved should accompany any subrogation or recovery demands. Once received, the Risk Manager will review the claim with the department involved and the Board of Supervisors.
No, if the residence is unoccupied.
Yes, if the residence is occupied and you get permission to enter from the residents.
The Sheriff's Office does not have keys to any residence and cannot give permission to enter a residence.
The judgment holder almost always starts the bidding. Generally, the judgment holder bids in writing a plaintiff’s bid on judgment. This bid is usually given to the Sheriff before the day of the sale. The judgment holder’s bid, if given to the Sheriff prior to the sale, is considered a sealed bid and will not be disclosed until the sale is called.
You may “hold” your bid by writing a personal check for the full amount you bid to the Linn County Sheriff if it is accompanied by a letter of guarantee from the bank you are writing the check on. Depending on where you bank, you will be given enough time to go to your bank and get a cashier’s check for the full amount you bid and return it to the Linn County Sheriff's Office. At that time you will receive back your personal check. In any event, this transaction must be completed by noon on the day of the sale. Another possibility is; if you know the maximum you are going to bid, you may have a cashier’s check already made out to the Linn County Sheriff for that amount. If your actual bid is less than that, you will be refunded the difference.
Pursuant to Iowa Code 626.85, the judgment holder may proceed against you for the amount you bid. If the judgment holder does not wish to proceed against you, the sale will be treated as a nullity and the Sheriff will then proceed as mandated by the Code of Iowa.
Contact your attorney.
Taxes stay with the property. If you purchase a property, you are now responsible for the taxes.
If you purchase property with a redemption period, you will be issued a certificate of purchase. When the redemption period is up, you may then return the original certificate of purchase to the sheriff and you will then receive a Sheriff’s deed. It is very important that you do not lose the original certificate of purchase. If you lose it, you will not receive a Sheriff’s deed until you get a court order directing the Sheriff to issue you a duplicate certificate of purchase. (Iowa Code 626.96) If you fail to have a Sheriff’s deed issued within 8 years after the date of issuance of the certificate of purchase, the Sheriff’s sale will be cancelled. (Iowa Code 626.97)
Your Iowa Driver's License is issued through the Iowa DOT. Please call 319-377-6461 with any questions regarding driver's licenses. Their physical address is 3726 Queen Ct. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
Replacement titles must be obtained from the County where it was issued. All owners on the face of the title must sign for a replacement title, even if there is OR between the names. If you just made an error on your title and you need a replacement, you can surrender your title, complete an Application for Replacement Title, pay $25, and get a title the same day. If the title to your vehicle was altered, destroyed, lost, or stolen you may obtain a replacement for $25. You need to complete an Application for Replacement Title, pay $25, and after 5 days your title will be printed. If the scheduled print day falls on a weekend or holiday, your title will be printed on the next working day. You can indicate on the application if you would like the replacement title mailed to you or if you would like to come back and pick it up. The 5 day waiting period will NOT start until we receive the application for replacement title and the $25 payment. All of the vehicle information required on this form can be found on your vehicle registration. All owners on the face of the title must sign for a replacement title even if there is an OR between the names. If you have a lien on the vehicle, the lienholder may have the title. If you had a lien originally and it was paid off, please call the Treasurer’s office to see if the lien was released on our system. If not, you will need a notarized lien release from the lienholder on their letterhead. Applications should be mailed to: Linn County Treasurer 935 2nd St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Please visit the Iowa DOT Personalized & Specialty Plates page to complete your order through our EASY online process. The plates will be mailed to the Treasurer's Office within 3-4 weeks. We will send you a letter when the plates are in. You will need to bring in your old plates to switch them out with the new plates.
If you purchased a vehicle, you will bring in the title, along with the supporting documents (see below) to transfer. If you are an Iowa resident and are selling a vehicle, you must have an Iowa title. If you have an out of state title, you will need to pay $25.00 to obtain the Iowa title. Seller(s) must sign and print their name of the back of the title. If the word “and” is used on the face of the title, all owners must sign. The date of sale must be entered. If the vehicle is 9 years old or newer, the seller must complete the odometer section and legend box on the title . If the vehicle is 7 years old or newer, the seller must complete the odometer and the damage disclosure section. Any alterations, erasures or cross-outs may void the title and a replacement may be required. If purchased from a dealer, a purchase agreement is required. You can also refer to the “How to Sell your Vehicle in Iowa “guide by Iowa DOT. Many situations would require more information. Call your Linn County Treasurer’s Office at 319-892-5500 for assistance. Every transfer requires an Application for Title and must be signed by all buyers. Please refer to the forms section for the application for title.
If you moved to Linn County from another county in Iowa, you can get an updated registration to reflect your current address at our office, located at 935 2nd St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. You will keep the same plates & title, but you will now renew your vehicles with us. Your plates are valid throughout the state but if you would like Linn County plates, you must surrender your old plates and pay an additional $5 fee. If you are leasing a vehicle, please contact our office at 319-892-5500 for more information.
If you moved to Linn County from another state, you will need to bring in your driver’s license, social security number & out of state title so that we can issue an Iowa title. (If a lienholder has your title, you can bring in your out of state registration instead of your title.) Iowa law requires that you register your motor vehicle within 30 days of bringing the vehicle into Iowa. Iowa registration is required even though your plates may still be valid in another state. We will also need an application for title and/or registration signed by all owners on the title and/or registration. You can find the application at this link:
If you sold your vehicle and plan to replace it within the next 6 months; you may use those plates on your next vehicle. Any credit, $10 or more, will be applied to the registration on your new vehicle.
If you have turned in your leased vehicle, you will need to fill out a Claim for Refund and a Lease Termination along with your plates. You can then apply for a refund as long as there is $10 credit or more left.
If you moved out of state, you will need to fill out a claim for refund and also send in a current copy of your out of state registration for each vehicle. You can then apply for a refund as long as there is a $10 credit or more left.
The Claim for Refund and Lease Termination form can be found under the forms link.
Claim for Refund
There are many circumstances regarding the death of an owner of a vehicle. Please contact our office at 319-892-5500 for any questions about this. Please have the title with you in case we have questions.
If you want the new plate design and your current plate is not ten years old and up for replacement, you need to bring in the old plates and exchange them for the new plate design. There is a $5.00 fee to switch from your current plates to the new plate design. The plate numbers/letters would not be the same when you switch from your current plates to the new plate design.
Please make checks or money orders payable to Linn County Treasurer.
The owner of a vehicle may, before the vehicle registration becomes delinquent in any year, turn in the registration plates for a vehicle to the County Treasurer of the county where the vehicle is registered. A vehicle eligible for semiannual installments may not be stored until the second semiannual installment is paid. There is no refund of registration fees when placing a vehicle in storage. You may re-register your vehicle at any time in the future with the payment of the full current annual registration fee due at that time. However, if a vehicle was placed in storage any month prior to the expiration of the registration, replacement plates must be issued and replacement plate fee paid.
If the vehicle is registered for the current year and the owner has entered the military service of the United States in time of war and the vehicle has been placed in storage, a refund may be applied for on the unexpired months of the registration year by making a verbal statement. Registration plates must be turned in. Upon the owner's return to the State of Iowa, the vehicle will be registered for the remaining months of the registration year.
Contact the Treasurer’s office by phone at 319-892-5500 or by email for the required fee and documentation.
Contact the Treasurer’s office by phone at 319-892-5500 or by email for the required fee and documentation.
After the tax bills have been mailed out and you still do not have a bill, the Treasurer’s office can send out a replacement bill.
For real estate address changes, please contact the Linn County Auditor at 319-892-5300.
For mobile home address changes, please contact the Linn County Treasurer at 319-892-5500.
The Linn County Assessor determines property values and provides notification to property owners outside the City of Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Assessor determines property values and provides notification to property owners within the city limits. Please contact the Linn County Assessor’s Office at 319-892-5220 or the Cedar Rapids Assessor’s Office at 319-286-5888 for the latest valuation information on your property or for any questions.
You can appeal your assessment with the City of Cedar Rapids Assessor or you can call the at 319-286-5888 if you live within the city limits. If you live outside the city limits of Cedar Rapids, you will want to appeal your assessment with the Linn County Assessor or you can call them at 319-892-5220.
The Annual Tax Sale is an auctioned sale of delinquent property taxes. Bidders have to pay a registration fee in order to buy properties at tax sale. They purchase the taxes for what is owing and then the hold a lien against the property. It could be for one dollar or thousands of dollars. The tax sale is every third Monday in June. There are two kinds of certificates. There is a regular certificate that is purchased the first time at tax sale. There is also a public bid (PB), taxes that are one year delinquent and no one purchased at the tax sale. Then it was offered again at the next year’s tax sale and then it was offered and purchased. If the tax sale is a regular certificate, the certificate holder has to wait a minimum of one year and nine months before they can start the process of taking deed to the property. They also have up to three years from the date that it was purchased at tax sale to start the process of taking deed to the property. If it goes past the three years since the date of purchase of the tax sale, then they can no longer take deed to the property. If the tax sale is a PB, the tax sale purchaser only has to wait nine months before starting the process of taking deed to the property. They have all the way up to three to start the process of taking deed to the property. If it goes past the three years since the date of purchase of the tax sale, then they can no longer take deed to the property Taking deed to a property by the tax sale process, it is a ninety day process. The property owner can still redeem the taxes during this time. Once the ninety days are up, the property owner will no longer be able to redeem and loses their property for the percentage of the tax sale certificate. Tax sales incur penalty or interest at 2% each month that it goes unredeemed. Once a property is at tax sale, any other delinquent subsequent taxes that still owe after Nov 15th and May 15th can be purchased by the tax sale certificate holder and added to the tax sale amount without having to wait until the 3rd Monday in June. Tax sales are redeemed with certified funds (cash, cashier’s check, or money order) and an Affidavit of Redemption of a Parcel sold for Taxes form.
You can pay either the full year in September or just the September installment.
Only one billing is sent out for your tax bill. The tax bill has two coupons at the bottom. Each coupon is for one half of the tax bill.If you have bought or sold property, be sure to know if the buyer or seller is responsible for paying the taxes on each parcel. This is something that would have been discussed in your closing agreement.
You can pay property taxes by mail (please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt), in person, over the phone or online at: www.iowataxandtags.org
The Linn County Treasurer does not keep record of mortgage companies payment responsibility and if they should be making your property tax payment. You will want to contact your mortgage company if there is any question about whether they are going to make that payment or if you need to.
The homestead credits and Military Exemptions are done with the Assessor’s office. If you live inside the City Limits of Cedar Rapids, then you would want to talk with the City of Cedar Rapids Assessor ( 319-286-5888). If you live outside of Cedar Rapids, then you want to talk to the Linn County Assessor (319-892-5220). They will be able to give you the deadline for the credits and exemptions and when to have them forms filed. Click the link below to see where the homestead and military credit are on the tax bills.
All mailing address changes for real estate bills are done with the Linn County Auditor (319-892-5300).
Call 319-892-5160 or e-mail [email protected]
To be eligible for emergency assistance the veteran/applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Must be a resident of Linn County for at least 30 days
Veteran must have received an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions. If the veteran has more than one military discharge, all discharges must meet this requirement
Veteran must have served 90 consecutive days of federal active duty for other than training purposes or have a VA recognized service-connected disability
Must have an emergent need that cannot be met by other means and is not due to their own financial misconduct
Applicant must provide proof of an unexpected expense that caused a financial hardship
Must meet the income guidelines established by the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund
Questions? Call 319-892-5160 or stop by our office at: 1240 26th Ave Ct SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Contact Linn County Veterans Affairs at 319-892-5160 and we would be happy to help you apply for your VA medical benefits. You can also go to https://www.va.gov/health-care/ to learn more.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a 24-hour crisis line. The number is 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. Or text 838255. https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Please note that on 7/16/2022 this number will change to 988 and press 1
Mental Health Access Center 501 13th St. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405 or call (319) 892-5612 https://www.linncountyiowa.gov/1423/Mental-Health-Access-Center
Foundation 2 Crisis Services 1714 Johnson Ave NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405 or call (319) 362-2174 https://foundation2.org/services/crisis-center/
Abbe Center for Community Mental Health 520 11th St. NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405 or call (319) 398-3562 https://www.unitypoint.org/cedarrapids/abbe-mental-health-center.aspx
Veterans that have an appointment scheduled at the VA Hospital may call DAV Transportation for a ride. Please call at least 72 hours ahead of the scheduled appointment. The DAV VAN phone number is 319-339-7061. Rides are available Monday through Friday.
For a wheelchair accessible ride contact VTS 319-338-0581 extension 6009.
You must meet the definition of Veteran from Iowa Code Chapter 35.1 or Retired Military. Bring in your Retired Military ID and Driver’s License or the DD214 Military Discharge. We have forms available at our office or you can download from the link below. https://iowadot.seamlessdocs.com/f/CertofEligibilityforVeteranDesignonDLIDCard. Call the office to make an appointment to bring form in and we will certify it. After we sign the form, take it to the DOT station and present it along with your Drivers License. If your license is not set to expire the DOT may have a charge.
The VA Cedar Rapids Medical Clinic is located at 3500 Dalton Way SW, Ste. 400, Westdale Town Center, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 and can be reached by phone at (319) 369-4340.
The Iowa City VA Hospital is located at 601 Highway 6 W, Iowa City, IA 52246 and can be reached by phone at (319) 338-0581.
The Cedar Rapids Vet Center is located at 4250 River Center Ct NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 and can be reached by phone at (319) 378-0016.
Veterans looking for employment can visit VA Vocational Rehabilitation at 1642 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 or call (319) 378-5582.
Iowa Works 4444 1st Ave NE, Suite 436 Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 (319) 365-9474
Homeless or near homeless vets can visit the Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) at 1585 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 or call (319) 365-0898.
Willis Dady Homeless Services 1247 4th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 or call (319) 362-7555 Email: [email protected] https://www.willisdady.org/
To request a copy of your discharge papers visit https://archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records.
To learn more about the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund visit https://va.iowa.gov/iowa-veterans-trust-fund.
To get documentation of your current VA Disability Rating call the VA Benefits line at 1-800-827-1000.
Contact a local VSO or go to the ebenefits website: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage.
Visit the Community Resources page on the Linn County website: https://www.linncounty.org/130/Community-Resources.
For Linn County veteran resources information visit https://www.linncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/3077/Veterans-PDF.
Freedom Foundation 609 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 or call (319) 826-2010 https://usfreedomfoundation.org/
If you live within the city limits of Cedar Rapids, Iowa - https://cedarrapids.iowaassessors.com/forms.php
If you live anywhere else in Linn County, Iowa - https://linn.iowaassessors.com/exemptions.php
Applications are accepted once a year. The application cycle begins Nov. 1 of each year, and the deadline is Dec. 9. Applications must be submitted online at LinnCountyIowa.gov/Witwer. Linn County does not accept grant applications via email, fax, or paper copies.
If you forgot your password, click the "Forgot Your Password" link on the sign in webpage. You will then receive an automated email with instructions. Follow the instructions you receive in the email. Linn County cannot access or reset your password.
The Assurances form can be downloaded from the Witwer Trust grant application webpage when the grant application cycle is open (Nov. 1-Dec. 15). Scroll to the bottom of the page. There are two Assurances forms. One is for non-profits and one is for applicants using a fiscal sponsor. Please be sure to use the correct form for your organization.
Grant applications are screened for completeness by Linn County staff. Incomplete grant applications and applications that do not meet eligibility criteria or guidelines are ineligible for grant funds and will not be reviewed. Complete grant applications and those meeting the grant eligibility criteria and guidelines are reviewed and evaluated by the Linn County Board of Supervisors. Funding decisions are made in February.
The total amount of funding available for all grant applicants is $80,000. There is no cap for grant requests. However, please use common sense in making your requests. Approximately 50-60 applications are received each year totaling more than $200,000. Please keep this in mind as you develop your budget and grant request. The Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Grant Program receives more funding requests than it can possibly grant. If support of a worthwhile program is declined, this decision does not reflect on the value of the group or service, but rather on the need to be selective because resources are limited. A link to previously funded projects is available at www.LinnCounty.org/Witwer.
Witwer Trust grants will be made only to non-profit organizations that are located in Linn County, Iowa or that have a branch location in Linn County and whose work benefits Linn County residents. Proof of non-profit status is required. Grant funds must be used for programs or projects that benefit Linn County residents. Applicants who have not submitted the required final report for previous Witwer Trust grants are not eligible for funding. Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5), organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds.
Grant funds must be used for programs or projects that benefit Linn County residents. Priority is given to requests for programmatic and capital projects over requests for operating support. Grants must be for expenses that have not yet been incurred. A list of previously funded projects is available at www.LinnCounty.org/Witwer.
You can submit a Witwer Trust grant application without creating an account; however, this method requires you to complete your application in one sitting. To save your work and come back at a later time, you must create an account and be signed in to save your work.
For instructions on how to create an account, read the "New Applicant" instructions on the Witwer Trust Grant Program webpage.
No. Only one application is allowed per organization. If an organization submits more than one grant application, all applications submitted by that organization will be deemed ineligible for grant funds and will not be reviewed. Only one project is allowed per application.
This is a competitive grant program for non-profit organizations in Linn County to be used for historic preservation projects. Eligible projects include collecting and preserving historical materials, artifacts, places, or structures; maintaining a historical library or collection; conducting historical studies or research; issuing publications; providing public lectures of historical interest; or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public. More information is available here.
Yes. Please see the requirements for serving as a fiscal sponsor in the previous FAQ.
If you receive an account locked notice, it’s most likely due to inactivity. To unlock your account, follow the instructions you received in the email to unlock your account. See the "Returning Applicant" instructions for more information.
Yes; however, the applicant and fiscal sponsor must complete, sign and submit the fiscal sponsorship agreement that is available for downloading at LinnCounty.org/Witwer. The fiscal sponsor must meet the grant eligibility requirements. Any Witwer Trust grant funds awarded as a result of the grant application will be made payable to the fiscal sponsor and the fiscal sponsor is responsible for the disbursement, utilization, and accounting of the grant funds in accordance with the grant award.
Separate zoning, building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits are required. Application for a building permit includes the submittal of two sets of construction drawings. In order to determine a valuation and permit fee, please include the area in square feet for: each floor, finished basement, unfinished basement, garage, decks and porches. Plans are thoroughly reviewed by an inspector for code compliance before issuance of the building permit. electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits must be obtained and work performed by contractors licensed in the respective trade. For further information view our Single Family Dwelling Handout. Before the above permits can be issued, the Planning & Zoning Division must verify that all zoning requirements are met and must also approve a site plan. You will need to provide staff with the locations of the well, septic drainage field and existing structures. You will also need to provide the location of the proposed improvement showing dimensions from property lines and from existing structures. Contact the Linn County Planning and Development Department for information on required submittals for constructing a new house or garage at 319-892-5130. Contact the Public Health Department at 319-892-6000 for information on well and septic system permits and the Linn County Engineer at 319-892-6400 for information on a driveway entrance permits and addressing permits.
The State of Iowa has given counties the authority to develop zoning regulations 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:
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.
Even though the State exempts farms from zoning 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.
New in 2020!
In 2020, the Iowa legislature enacted additional exemptions from zoning regulations for “agricultural experiences” as follows:
335.26 Agricultural experiences exempt. To assist in the promotion of agricultural experiences, a county shall not require a conditional use permit, special use permit, special exception, or variance for agricultural experiences on property of which the primary use is agricultural production. Agricultural experiences includes any agriculture-related activity, as a secondary use in conjunction with agricultural production, on a farm which activity is open to the public with the intended purpose of promoting or educating the public about agriculture, agricultural practices, agricultural activities, or agricultural products.
Because the “agricultural experiences” provision in state code is new, the definition of an agricultural experience is very broad, and the application of building codes is not exempted, please contact the Planning & Development Department for assistance.
Yes, there is an application deadline, which is the last day you can submit a case for the next month’s case cycle. Case types that are required to meet the application deadline include: rezoning, residential parcel split, land preservation parcel split, final plat, conditional use, special exception, and variance. The application deadline is normally the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact our staff at 319-892-5130 for further information, or check our Planning and Development Calendar for application deadline dates.
Contact the office of Linn County Planning & Development for meeting agendas at 319-892-5130 or view our current agenda and minutes page.
Current zoning maps can be found at the Linn County Online Mapping site. Click accept if prompted (you may need to download Adobe Flash). Type in the parcel address or Geo-Parcel Number (GPN). The zoning district legend can be found by selecting “Layers” at the top right of the page, then selecting the drop-down menu for “Zoning.” If the zoning doesn't appear, you may need to zoom in. If you have any questions, call 319-892-5130 for assistance.
It is possible to operate a business from your home if the business meets certain criteria. A permit is required if any of the following are true of your business: has non-resident employees, has more than five customer visits in one day or more than three at once, has commercial vehicles or business equipment parked outside all or a portion of an accessory building is being used for the business. Please contact the Planning and Development Staff to determine whether your particular business will require a permit. Home occupations requiring a permit are granted by the Linn County Board of Adjustment after review and recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The regulations in the Unified Development Code governing Home Occupations is Article VI, Section 107-113(h).
Required lot sizes and setbacks vary depending on the zoning district of the property. First, you will need to determine the zoning district for the property in question (see item #5 in this FAQ). Next, you can locate requirements for the applicable zoning district in Article VII of the Linn County Unified Development Code.
A setback is defined by the Unified Development Code as “the minimum horizontal distance between a lot line and a building or structure located upon such lot required by the provisions of this chapter.” In order to know the distances from the proposed structure or addition to the lot lines, you will need to determine where the relevant property lines are located. If your property has been surveyed or is a platted lot, survey pins should be located at the corners of your property. If there are no property pins, or you are unsure of their location, these Tips for Locating Your Property Lines may be of assistance. There may also be easements located on the property that may have restrictions.
The best way to find information on the status of a case is to contact the lead staff person listed on your staff report. You can also email Linn County Planning & Development or call 319-892-5130.
"A private legal restriction on the use of land, attached in the deed to a property. A deed restriction is most commonly used in the establishment of a subdivision to restrict the use of all individual lots in the development to a certain type of use, e.g., single-family dwellings. Usually the community has no control over deed restrictions." (Source: Huntington, Stuart. Iowa Land Use Planning Notebook, Glossary of common planning and zoning terms. (Iowa State University Extension. Pm-1353. Reprinted March 1995.)
Deed restrictions may also restrict the type of construction materials, the minimum finished floor area, and may even require review and approval of building plans by an "architectural control committee." Deed restrictions, also called restrictive covenants, are private controls and the county has no authority to enforce such restrictions. Enforcement is therefore a civil matter between owners within the subdivision.
The Linn County Unified Development Code regulates the division of land. Any parcel of ground created that is less than thirty-five acres in size must submit an application for subdivision with the Linn County Department of Planning and Development. Depending on the use of the property (proposed or current) you may also need to rezone your property. Rezoning may be required when a property is being subdivided, resulting in any lot of less than 35 acres of land. A rezoning or subdivision request must meet the required minimum levels of service (MLS) and have a passing Land Evaluation Site Assessment (LESA) score calculated for the property. There are different MLS requirements for different land use designations on the Linn County Land Use Plan Map; however, they are all required to be within 1/4 miles of a county maintained hard service surfaced road. Separation requirements from Confined Animal Feeding Operations, as well as minimum distances to a fire station must also be met. Minimum levels of service are items that must be met and no variances are allowed. Email the staff at Linn County Planning and Development or call 319-892-5130 with any questions.
Linn County allows two different types of parcel splits to separate a house from a parent parcel. There are several factors in determining which type of split a parcel would qualify for, including what year the house was originally constructed. These two processes are called Residential Parcel Splits and Land Preservation Parcel Splits. Requirements for both types of subdivisions can be found in Article IV of the Linn County Unified Development Code. For further information, please email the Planning and Development Staff or call 319-892-5130.
The Linn County Geographic Information System Division maintains an interactive Flood Hazard Map. Enter your address or GPN in the upper left-hand corner of the interactive map to search for your property. If you need help interpreting the map, or for any other Flood Hazard Map questions, please email our Certified Flood Plain Manager or call 319-892-5130.
Planning and Development staff may have an elevation certificate they can provide you with. If Planning and Development staff does not have an elevation certificate for your property, you will need to contact a licensed surveyor to complete one for you. For further information, please email the Certified Flood Plain Manager or call 319-892-5130.