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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 surveyor to obtain a survey for private property.
The City of Cedar Falls receives public bids and accepts the lowest bid. Generally, the cost of having the sidewalk repaired, replaced or reconstructed by you or by a contractor of your own selection is less than having the City-hired contractor to do the work. It is estimated that the cost of having the City perform the work would be $250 per 4-feet by 4-feet panel or $350 per 5-feet by 5-feet panel. This is not a ‘fixed’ price and will fluctuate with public bids, the price of materials, and labor depending on the time of year.
No. The City of Cedar Falls does not charge a late fee or penalty for not getting the work done by the deadline. However, if the work is not done by the deadline by default the City will hire a contractor to do the work and bill the owner for the cost.
Yes, please call 319-268-5161 to notify the City that your sidewalk needs remarked.
The City of Cedar Falls has a specific set of Standards for Defective Sidewalks.
If you would like to discuss the sidewalk standards, please call 319-268-5161 and ask for the engineer in charge of the sidewalk assessment project.
If the panels were marked as a result of a tree root, it is the responsibility of the property owner to correct the underlying issue.
You must apply for the permit and begin the work by June 10th, 2022, and complete the work by June 24th, 2022 to be removed from the sidewalk assessment project.
Private contractors will need to have the repairs complete by the June 24th deadline as no extension will be allowed.
You will need to correct the deficiencies with a complete panel replacement sidewalk before June 24th, 2022. If you choose not to replace the deficient sidewalk before June 24th, 2022, the City will then begin the process to replace the sidewalk and assess the property for the cost.
Neighboring properties may be a part of next year’s sidewalk assessments thus will be marked in the summer of 2022.
No. The City cannot recommend or provide a list of private contractors. However, if you have one in mind we can tell you if they are insured and bonded with us to be able to pull permits.
Before beginning the corrections, a sidewalk permit will need to be purchased at City Hall, and at least 48 hours before pouring any new concrete, an inspection should be scheduled by calling 319-268-5161. The cost of a sidewalk permit is $30 (flat rate for sidewalk replacement).
It is in your best interest, as a property owner, to correct any deficiency as promptly as possible. If a person were to be injured on a sidewalk adjoining your property and you have been notified by the City of a deficiency, you may be liable for injuries resulting from a failure to correct that deficiency in a timely manner.
If the homeowner chooses to hire a contractor to do the work they can register with the City and pull the permit or the homeowner can pull the permit and accept any liability involved.
The City of Cedar Falls City Clerk will send out a bill after the work has been completed and accepted by City Council. If the bill is not paid within 30 days of receipt then it will go to the County Assessor to be added to the owner's property tax bill. (If the bill is over $500 you will have the option to pay it in installments with interest on your tax bill-it would be billed in installments over 5 years.) Check with Black Hawk County to find out the specific interest rate.
Vendor invoices are approved by the City Council on the 1st and 3rd Monday's of each month. Checks for these invoices are processed the following day and mailed.
The city does not have a purchasing department. A vendor may contact the department/division in which their product is related to, or they may contact the Controller/City Treasurer for help.
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A list of current job openings can be found here.
The city's hiring process depends on the position and is explained in our position postings. The process may or may not involve Civil Service testing and certification, but begins by submitting application materials noted in the position posting.
Full-time employees are offered health Insurance, health reimbursement account (HRA), dental insurance, cafeteria plan/flexible spending accounts (FSA), life and LTD Insurance; benefit accruals including floating holiday, vacation and sick leave; IPERS enrollment, a state-required retirement plan; optional 457 deferred compensation retirement plan; wellness program; and various leave programs. Non-Union Permanent part-time employees are eligible for a cafeteria plan/flexible spending account (FSA), benefit accruals including floating holiday, vacation and sick leave; IPERS enrollment, a state-required retirement plan; optional 457 deferred compensation retirement plan; wellness program; and various leave programs. Union Permanent part-time employees are eligible for a cafeteria plan/flexible spending account (FSA), IPERS enrollment, a state-required retirement plan; optional 457 deferred compensation retirement plan; wellness program; and various leave programs.
Yes otherwise stated in the job posting, you can apply online and submit application materials here.
Yes, applications materials are kept on file, but updated information is required after six months.
You must specifically apply for a job opening you feel you are qualified for. An application is also required for all job openings. A resume is not required for some positions.
For a copy of the Comprehensive Plan, contact the Planning and Community Services office at (319) 273-8600.
Yes we do. Please contact the Police Division at (319) 273-8612 for more information.
Unfortunately, as much as members of the Cedar Falls Fire Division would like to help get your cat out of the tree, for liability reasons we do not perform cat rescues. Your best bet would be to call the Cedar Bend Humane Society at (319) 232-6887 for ideas on how to get your cat down from the tree.
For more information on open burning regulations, check the link to the City of Cedar Falls city code.
You can contact the Police Division at (319) 273-8612 and ask to speak to the Investigative Unit. You will be transferred and an investigator will be happy to assist you in any way he/she can.
No, the Cedar Falls Police Division does not have the jurisdiction in other cities and the crime must be reported to the police department where it occurred.
A Knox Box is a key box placed on the exterior of a commercial or industrial building for rapid entry use by Fire Division personnel.
A Fire Division key box must be installed in commercial or industrial buildings which have fire detection, fire alarm, or fire suppression systems and is required for residential property consisting of three (3) or more residential units.
The cost of purchase and installation of each Fire Division key box shall be paid by the building owner.
Contact Code Enforcement, at (319) 268-5186 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.
No, if you are a victim of the crime you should call 911 if it is in progress, otherwise you should contact the Black Hawk County Dispatch Center at (319) 291-2515.
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.
If it is a vehicle that is in violation of the law you should contact the Black Hawk County Dispatch Center at (319) 291-2515. If it is a complaint about receiving a parking ticket you can contact the shift supervisor at 319-273-8612. If you were issued a citation click here to learn more.
Yes, the city is divided up into three areas. An officer is assigned to one of these areas during his/her shift. This officer is responsible for traffic enforcement and responding to calls for service in these areas.
Accident reports are available online at www.policereports.us. There is a fee for requested records.
Cedar Falls Police Division does provide a fingerprinting service at a cost of $10.00 per card. Fingerprinting can be done at any time.
Applicants must be a minimum of twenty-one years old and must possess a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also have a valid Iowa Driver’s License with a good driving record. You must also be a resident of the State of Iowa. If you are interested in becoming a Reserve Officer, please contact the Cedar Falls Police Division at (319) 273-8612.
Reserve Officers ride with career officers to provide support or if they have the proper amount of training are allowed to ride in tandem providing the same services as career officers. Reserves are also called upon to represent the Cedar Falls Police Division during several public events. They provide escort services, parade detail, and called upon to serve heavily during the Sturgis Falls Celebration, UNI Homecoming, and UNI Finals week.
Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) is utilized whenever an incident requires the use of specialized personnel, equipment, or training. Members of the team are trained in various specialty weapons and tools to be used in high risk situations.
Most often the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) is used to serve warrants where there is a high possibility that someone has a history of using, or owning, dangerous weapons. The team also gets most of its calls on people that have barricaded themselves, and possibly innocent bystanders, with a threat of bodily harm.
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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Beginning January 1, 2021 the charge will be $10 per stop for 10 or less items. Over 10 items it will be $20 per stop. Large item pickup is available and scheduled on your refuse collection day for residents with an active Cedar Falls refuse account. To schedule a pick-up, call the Public Works Department at (319) 273-8629 between 7 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday. The large items must be placed curbside after 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled collection. This service is limited to large items only and is not intended to be a service for garbage.
The 32 gallon cart rate is $9.46 per month; the 68 gallon cart rate is $17.86 per month and the 95 gallon cart rate is $27.84 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 homeowner’s 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.
The time limits, for leaving the carts out, are established by City Code. Letters are sent out to those citizens who do not comply with the code. Non-compliance with this code is a municipal infraction and a fine may be assessed. The letters from the Director of Public Works are used for the purpose of informing citizens of their non-compliance. Continued disregard of the code will incur a fine.
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.
The automated cans should be placed at the usual collection location, however, be sure the can is not set out into the street.
Diabetic needles, syringes, and other medical sharps are very hazardous to garbage and recycling haulers as well as landfill workers.
Some healthcare providers offer sharps containers for individuals to take home and return when filled. Check with your healthcare provider or pharmacy for more information on disposing of medical sharps. Most do NOT accept medical sharps from businesses.
To dispose of medical sharps in the landfill, place needles in hard plastic containers such as laundry detergent bottles (do not use milk jugs).
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