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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Supervisor District Maps
http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu (State of Iowa)
http://www.terraserver.com/providers/usgs_urban.asp (Urbanized Areas Nationwide)
Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control319-286-5993
2014 NEC Electrical Ordinance Electrical Regulations
2015 IMC-IFGC Mechanical Ordinance Mechanical Regulations
2015 Plumbing Ordinance Plumbing Regulations
2015 IFC Fire Regulations Fire Regulations
Code books may be obtained from the International Conference of Building Officials at www.iccsafe.org.
Link to Building Codes
Building Permit Fee Schedule
Please view these handouts for further information: Inspection Required - Detached Garages & AccessoryInspection Required - New Construction & AdditionsInspection Required - Remodeling and other workat the link below.
Office staff are available from 8 - 5 each workday at (319) 892-5130 to take your inspection requests. (It is not necessary to speak to an inspector to set up an inspection. For better service, please do not leave an inspection request on voice mail).
Allow at least four hours lead time for an inspection. Inspection requests after noon will be scheduled for the following morning.
Link to Building Handouts
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 permit and addressing permit. Single Family Dwelling Handout
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.
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 zoning and 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.
We may be reached at (319) 892-5130 or you may submit an information request by contacting us at email@example.com.
Farm Exemption Information & Application Sheet
Registrants must complete an Official Iowa Voter Registration form.
Mail the completed form to: Linn County Election Services935 2nd St SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100 Voter Registration Form
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. Linn County Elections Look-up Tool
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.
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? Voter Registration Form
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 Services935 2nd St SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100 Absentee Ballot Request Form
Our address is:Linn County Election Services935 2nd Street SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100 Absentee Ballot Request Form
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.
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.
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.
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. Iowa Voter Registration Form
The last day our office can mail out a ballot is the 11 days before all elections except General Elections which is 10 days before the election. After this date, voters wanting to vote absentee must do so in-person at the Auditor's Office on the Monday before the election.
Absentee ballot requests do not need to be notarized or witnessed in Iowa. Absentee Ballot Request Form
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.
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. Absentee Ballot Request Form
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.
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.
Also you may call the Linn County Elections Office. Our phone number is 319-892-5300. There are procedures for obtaining a reissued ballot.
Iowa law prohibits these ballots from being counted if our office is notified of the death before absentee ballots are considered.
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.
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.
Linn County registered voters may change their address without any proof of residency.
After the end of voter pre-registration:
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:
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.
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 Elections: City elections are held on odd number years and only incorporated cities have city elections. 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. City elections are held on the first Tuesday followed by the first Monday in November every two years.
School Elections: School Elections are held on odd number years. Depending on the school district and the form of the school board, positions on the school election ballot will vary. Registered voters who reside in the school district are allowed to participate in this election. School elections are held in September every two years.
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.
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.
All (concrete, asphalt, sealcoat, rock, etc.) drives adjacent to the paving will receive a granular taper to allow for the difference in road elevation (approx. 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/sq 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.
ChlorideMay be applied 2 times/yearSprayed in liquid formNormal maintenance to road by county maintainer after appliedWorks by drawing water from the air, thus maintaining some effectiveness in dry weather.Water soluble
MC-70 (oil)Single applicationSprayed on rock surfaceLight layer of sand applied to allow traffic to use road immediately and blot excess oilMay last multiple years if maintained well by owner. Factors affecting performance are traffic, weather, owner care and base stability.Patching is the responsibility of the owner and must be done through the permit process which allows access to patch material at our shop locations at no additional cost
Seal CoatAsphalt slurry and rock chips placed on a prepared base and then rolledCare of seal coat is responsibility of permit holder.Average life 2-6 years if properly cared for and placed over a solid base and multiple applicationsPatching needs to be done through the permit process which allows access to patch material at shops
1st Sign Up - Chloride, MC-70 and Seal Coat (April 1st to the May 10th).
2nd Sign Up - Chloride (June 1st to July 10th).
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.
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.
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, contact the DHS Office at 319-892-6700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.dhs.state.ia.us/Consumers/Find_Help/County_Offices/linn.html.
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.
Ag Exemption Packet & Application
Hiawatha Area Code (319)Building 393-1515Zoning 393-1515
Marion Area Code (319)Building 743-6330Zoning 743-6320
The Linn County Public Service Center935 Second Street SWCedar Rapids, Iowa 52404-2100
This is across from Penford and we are located on the main floor.
Alliant Gas 800-822-4348Alliant Electric 800-822-4348REC 319-377-1587Mid-American 800-894-9599
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 masonary 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.
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
§ 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
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.
This application can be downloaded below or you may pick up the application at:
Linn County Auditor's Office
935 Second St. SW.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Since there is no public parking located behind the Linn County Courthouse, you will want to park on the 3rd Avenue Bridge (an eastbound one-way street, with parking meters).
-Money: cash, money order, cashier's check, government check, tax refund or checks from other institutions
-Prescription medication (provided it is in the original container, properly labeled and for the person bringing it in)
This applies only to items the inmate may bring in with them. See FAQ's for further information on dropping off clothing or money for inmates.
Inmates in Special Status can have visitors from 8-9 am daily (including weekends and holidays).
Inmates are allowed (2) half hour visits per week (Sunday-Saturday).
Removal of the block must be done at the request of the account owner through their phone provider.
2. Written Examination
3. Oral Interview with the Civil Service Commission
4. Completion of Long Form Application
5. Certification of Civil Service List
6. Background Investigation
7. Interview with Sheriff’s Command Staff
8. Conditional Offer of Employment
9. Polygraph Questions that will cover the following:
* Educational experience * Employment experience * Personal health * Credit and debt history * Drug and alcohol use or abuse * Criminal history or activity * Driver's license and traffic offense information * Certain type of sexual activity
Re-application, Re-testing and Re-evaluation
Candidates not appointed to probationary status (employment) will be allowed to re-apply, re-test and be re-evaluated provided they meet the general requirements of the Code of Iowa and the County.
Re-testing will be acceptable if at least a one-year period of time has elapsed since the last testing session.
Linn County Sheriff’s Office, 310 Second Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or Linn County Human Resources Department, 935 2nd Street SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404-2100
High school diploma or equivalent, an Associates Degree in a related field is preferred; No experience is required; Must pass the Civil Service Exam; and Complete the training program at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy during the probation period.
Necessary special requirements include:
Valid State of Iowa driver’s license; The ability to obtain and maintain certification in the following areas: CPR First aid Weapons qualifications Intoxilyzer operation Radar unit operation Jail procedures, and Medication dispensing. SEE "BENEFITS PACKAGE AND MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS" LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MINIMUM REQUIREMENT STANDARDS.
The application process takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. This is how long it takes to apply, this does not reflect how long it will take to complete the entire process, which includes a background check and review before the permit can be issued. This process will be completed as quickly as possible but it will take a few days to get the permit issued. As a courtesy, we generally mail the permits to applicants but if you need your permit sooner, please advise our staff that you would prefer to come back and pick it up so that you don't have to wait on the mail. They will then call you when your permit is ready.
Proof of residency may be necessary in some cases. This is generally done by use of utility bills with applicants name on them, for the address in question over the past 90 days.
Go to www.aft.gov for more information on sales or purchases of firearms
Applicants must show proof that they have met the requirements set forth in Iowa Code Chapter 724, before receiving a permit. To see the entire code section go to: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/index.html
To summarize this code; 1. Applicants must show proper Identification (see required identification FAQ).2. Applicants must apply for a permit to the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides.3. Applicant must have completed training, if required.4. Applicant will pay required fee at time of application. $50 cash or credit card for new permits, $25 for Renewals and Duplicates.
A professional permit also requires an employer's authorization on the application, along with a letter on company letterhead stating they are employed with that company and requests the individual to carry a weapon while on duty.
Training is required for an initial permit (first ever permit for applicant or first permit since 1/1/2011) and that training must have occurred within 24 months prior to date of application (except for the 2 military exceptions). Approved methods of training are:• Completion of any National Rifle Association (NRA) handgun safety training course.• Completion of any handgun safety training course available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, private or public institution or organization, or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or certain other firearms training certifying bodies (such as the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy).• Completion of any handgun safety training course offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of a law enforcement or security enforcement agency approved by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.• Completion of small arms training while serving with the armed forces of the United States as evidenced by any of the following:- For personnel released or retired from active duty, possession of an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.- For personnel on active duty or serving in one of the national guard or reserve components of the armed forces of the United States, possession of a certificate of completion of basic training with a service record of successful completion of small arms training and qualification.• Completion of a law enforcement agency firearms training course that qualifies a peace officer to carry a firearm in the normal course of the peace officer's duties.• Completion of Hunter Education Program IF program includes "handgun safety training" and completion of the handgun safety training is included on the certificate of completion.
For crimes in-progress, accidents involving injury, or other emergencies:
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.) We will also need an application for title and/or registration signed by all owners on the title and/or registration. Get an 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 please refer to this chart below for transfers.
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 $25.00. 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 Treasurer935 2nd St SWCedar Rapids, IA 52404 Application for Replacement Title
The plates will be mailed to the Treasurer's Office within 3-4 weeks. We will send you notification when the plates are in. You will need to bring in your old plates to receive your new plates.
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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.
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 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 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 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 to be filled. Click the link below to see where the homestead and military credit are on the tax bills.
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To be eligible for benefits an indigent veteran shall qualify by:
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.
The Department of Veteran Affairs has a 24-hour crisis line. The number is 1-800-273-8255.
Veterans that have an appointment scheduled at the VA Hospital may call the DAV Transportation for a ride. Please call at least 24 hours ahead of the scheduled appointment. DAV VAN phone number is 319-339-7061. Rides are available Monday - Friday.
The Corridor Medical Shuttle also offers rides to the VA Hospital and U of I Hospital at no cost for Veterans. Their phone number is 319-892-5170. Call to make a ride reservation no later than noon the day before the appointment. This service is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Cedar Rapids.
For Wheelchair accessible ride contact VTS 319-338-0581 extension 6009.
If you meet the definition of Veteran from Iowa Code Chapter 35.1 or Retired Military, bring in your Retired Military ID and Drivers License or the DD214 Military Discharge, and we will certify then help you fill out the form for you to take to the DOT station. This form must be done before you renew your license to get the Veteran designation on it.
A list of previously funded projects is available at www.linncounty.org/witwer.
Application information will be available on our website beginning Feb. 1.
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.
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. Single Family Dwelling Handout
Ag Exemption Handout & Application
Yes. It is called a cut-off day. A cut-off day is 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 cut-off day 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.
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 (5) 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 107-133(h).
ZONING REQUIRED SETBACKS 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 Ordinance.” In order to know the distances from the proposed structure or addition to the lot lines, you need to know where your 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, please see the attached “Tips for Locating Your Property Lines.” You may also have easements located on your property. Please keep in mind that an easement must be unobstructed. Make sure to check your abstract for any possible easements on your property. 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 Ordinance.” In order to know the distances from the proposed structure or addition to the lot lines, you need to know where your 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, please see the attached “Tips for Locating Your Property Lines.” You may also have easements located on your property. Please keep in mind that an easement must be unobstructed. Make sure to check your abstract for any possible easements on your property. Please use the link below to refer to Article VII, Section 107-147-2; Summary Table of Zoning District Dimension Standard and turn to page CD107:181
"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.
A dwelling being on the property on, or prior to, January 1, 1985 ( or significant evidence of a dwelling, if not currently in existence )
All resulting parcels have access to an abutting public roadway
A minimum of 1 acre shall be required for each residential parcel split
This process nor any former "farmstead split" zoning process has previously been used to sever a lot from the parent tract
If the remaining land results in less than 35 acres, that remaining land needs to be included in the plat of subdivision and noted as a non-buildable lot, or combined by deed restriction with an adjacent parcel of land to total over 35 acres. For consideration, a residential parcel split requires a fee, an application signed by the property owner, site plan and either a plat of survey or plat of subdivision. A plat of subdivision may be required if the division of land results in any remaining tract being less than 35 acres that cannot be combined by deed restriction with an adjacent parcel.
The site of the previously existing dwelling must still be currently intact and shall not have been converted to agricultural production.
The purpose of the Land Preservation Parcel Split is to prescribe uniform procedures to allow a single division of land from a parent parcel which contains one or more single family residential structures and which the proposed division does not qualify as a Residential Parcel Split. A land preservation parcel split shall only be approved when all of the following conditions are met: the parent parcel qualifies as a legal lot of record; the parcel proposed for the split (i.e. "bonus parcel") shall contain a minimum of one (1) net acre, must include an existing single family dwelling and may include associated accessory structures; and if one or more dwelling(s) exist on the parent parcel which which qualify for a Residential Parcel Split, that process must be completed prior to, or in conjunction with, the Land Preservation Parcel Split process. The following provisions shall apply to the remaining land (i.e. "land prservation parcel") of the parent parcel: the land preservation parcel shall be designated as an Outlot on the plat; the land preservation parcel shall contain a minimum of 10 net acres; and the land preservation parcel may not contain any principal dwelling or other principal structure, but may contain existing accessory buildings or structures (such as agricultural buildings) associated with the use of the land preservation parcel.
For further information please contact the Planning and Development Staff at (319) 892-5130.