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Proof of rabies vaccination (with rabies tag number and expiration date) and proof of spay or neuter. You can have your veterinarian fax a copy of the current rabies certificate and proof of alteration to 319-268-5126.
A pet license can be mailed to you for an additional $1.00/license by sending the appropriate payment and required documentation to Pet Licensing, City of Cedar Falls, 220 Clay Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.
Regulations for pets can be found here.
Permit costs are based on a percentage of the cost of your project. The fee schedule can be found here.
Inspections can be requested by calling 319-268-5161 between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; or if you are registered on CF1Stop, inspections can be requested online through that system anytime.
Yes, contractors must be registered with the State of Iowa and have their insurance on file with INRCOG.
Typically commercial plans are reviewed within three weeks of being submitted. Once plans are received they are reviewed by all building trades, fire, planning, engineering and then comments are sent back to the designer for response. Residential plans go through a similar process but take a significantly less time to be reviewed.
Commercial projects require three sets to be submitted to the inspections division, one plan set to the fire department, a PDF set sent to CFU and Inspections, and if required one set to the Health Department. Residential projects require two sets.
City of Cedar Falls has adopted the 2015 IBC, 2015 IRC, 2015 IMC, 2015 UPC, 2017 NEC, and 2012 IEC.
A building permit application is an application to renovate, alter, or build an addition to an existing building or to build a new commercial building or residence. It allows the city to review the code compliance of the project.
A PDF of both the commercial and residential permits can be found online or here and can be filled out and emailed or delivered to city hall. Permits can also be filled out in person at City Hall.
All work except interior and exterior painting, floor finishes, storm doors, and like-for-like work requires a permit. For example if your faucet leaks and you want to install a new faucet this does not require a permit. If you are relocating a sink and changing any of the piping a permit would be required. Also sheds that are less than 120 square feet do not require a building permit however they will need a land use permit from the planning office.
No, windows and doors require a permit. The city needs to verify if the changes are code compliant. Ex: Windows are tempered where required and doors meet egress requirements.
City of Cedar Falls has adopted the 2015 IBC, 2015 IRC, 2015 IMC, 2015 UPC, 2017 NEC, and 2012 IEC. The city adopts new codes on a six year cycle.
No, you will need a permit for each trade as they require different types of licensing and inspections.
Typically commercial plans are reviewed within there weeks of being submitted. Once plans are received they are reviewed by all building trades, fire, planning, engineering and then comments are sent back to the designer for response. Residential plans go through a similar process but take a significantly less time to be reviewed.
All projects will need information submitted with the permit to define the project. Decks require a site plan; siding and roofing will need elevation drawings in the project is located in an overlay district, new windows require at minimum a list of sizes and locations, all other projects require a plan review.
City ordinances can be found online here. Copies of the international building code can be purchased through the ICC or can be found at the Cedar Falls Public Library. The inspections division also has various fliers with code information for decks, accessory buildings, windows, and roofs which can be found online or at City Hall. Building Inspection Services
Per Iowa code a licensed architect or engineer are required on any project that fits within a certain criteria. For more information this link will provide you with the Architectural Matrix. However the requirement of a signed professional is at the discretion of the Building Official. There are times that projects may not require an architect based on the matrix but are a typical enough that the Building Official may require a stamped set of plans.
Yes, these amendments can be found in the city ordinances chapter 7.
Inspections can be requested by calling 319-268-5161 between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; or if you are registered on CF1Stop, inspections can be requested online through that system anytime. Depending on the type of project you will require a wide range of inspections. A list of required inspections will be included with your permit.
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Regulations for most business licenses can be found here. Regulations for a Tree trimmer’s license can be found here. You can also inquire with our office at 319-273-8600, M-F 8-5, or in person at 220 Clay Street, Cedar Falls, to inquire about a business license application.
Most business licenses are issued within 7-14 days after the application is filed.
Fees for the current fiscal year can be found here. The fees are renewable annually.
Regulations for most business licenses can be found here.
Expiration of licenses depends on the duration of the license.
The city accepts cash, check or credit card payments.
Inquiries regarding doing business in Cedar Falls can be directed to our office at 319-273-8600, M-F 8-5, or in person at 220 Clay Street.
Food Trucks in Cedar Falls are considered Mobile Merchants; license requirements can be found here.
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There is no driver’s license office in Cedar Falls. The Driver License Station for Black Hawk County is located at: Crossroad’s Mall 2060 Crossroads Center Suite 103 Waterloo, IA 50702 For more information, including hours of operation, contact their office at (319) 235-0902.
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Traffic citations received in Cedar Falls are paid thru the Black Hawk County Clerk of Court.
City Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Additional information about City Council meetings can be found here.
City Council Meeting Procedures can be found here.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To be eligible for Section 8, a household must first meet income requirements. All Section 8 participants must have an initial gross annual income of less than 50% of area median income. Under the program, the tenant pays a minimum of 30% of their income toward their housing costs. The program pays the difference between the rent amount and household income, up to a set payment standard. For more information and income limits click here.
The Waiting List for Section 8 is currently closed and no new applications are being accepted at this time.
Individuals wishing to test for or renew their drivers license can do so at the the Driver License Station for Black Hawk County located at: Crossroad’s Mall 2060 Crossroads Center Suite 103 Waterloo, IA 50702. For more information, including hours of operation, contact their office at (319) 235-0902.
No. The city has a survey crew to survey streets and public property, but does not have a crew that can survey private property. You need to contact a licensed land survey to obtain a survey for private property.
For a copy of the Comprehensive Plan, contact the Planning and Community Services office at (319) 273-8600.
A fire department key box must be installed in commercial or industrial buildings which have fire detection, fire alarm, or fire suppression systems. A fire department key box is also required for residential property consisting of three (3) or more residential units.
Contact Fire Inspections and Code Enforcement, at (319) 273-8622 for more information and to confirm the type of Knox Box you will need. You can ordering information sent to you or you can go directly to the Knox Box site.
Contact Public Safety Services at 319-273-8612 one week prior to the tour date. Please provide a contact name, telephone number, date, time and the number of people participating in the tour.
Accident reports are available online at www.policereports.us. There is a fee for requested records.
Contact the City Arborist at (319) 268-5576 for further information.
A resident is defined by the city as ANY of the following:
The term family is defined by the City as ALL 3 of the following conditions which must be met:
We do not have a pool within the Recreation and Fitness Center. The city operates 3 pools, two indoor facilities; Holmes Junior High Pool & Peet Jr. High Pool both open year round and the outdoor Falls Aquatic Center open during the summer season.
Passes may be purchased in the spring at the Cedar Falls Recreation & Fitness Center only. We encourage you to come in early as there is a discount prior to May 15. The pool will open the Saturday of Memorial weekend. For more information go to AquaticsUpdates are available at facebook.com/thefallsaquaticcenter
Program Registration for anything held in the Spring and Summer begins January 15Program Registration for anything held in the Fall and Winter begins July 15Updated info on all programs is available at Sports & Activities
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Cedar Falls Recreation and Fitness Center 319-273-8636.
Find contact information for our Recreation Division in our Staff Directory.
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Residents are charged a $5 per stop fee for bulk collection appointments. The fee is added to your Cedar Falls Utility account. For more about large items pick up click here.
The 32 gallon cart rate is $9.00 per month; the 68 gallon cart rate is $17.00 per month and the 95 gallon cart rate is $26.50 per month.
Please call (319)273-8629 if you would like to exchange your refuse cart. You can exchange the refuse cart for free once a year. If more than once a year their will be a $20 exchange fee. Carts will not be exchanged if they are dirty, smell bad, etc. It is the homeowners responsibility to care for their refuse container. Homeowners can wash their containers and bag their garbage to help alleviate the smell in their carts.
The carts, by ordinance, may be placed for pickup no earlier than 6:00 pm on the day prior to your refuse pickup day. The cart must be removed by 8:00 pm on your scheduled pickup day.
Clean trees do not have ornaments, tinsel, flocking, or attached tree stands. These are considered yard waste and may be brought to the transfer station on Mondays for a $.75 disposal fee. Or you may cut the tree into 4 feet lengths and attach a Cedar Falls Christmas tree tag to the tree. Cost of the tree tag is $1.25. Place the tree at curbside and call (319) 273-8629 for a Monday pickup. All plastic bags must be removed.
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