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Dog and cat licenses may be purchased by taking the pet's current rabies vaccination records to the Animal Control Division office located at 1020 Railroad Ave, Ste. B.
Dog licenses may be purchased, without penalty, until end of business on February 14th each year. A $15.00 penalty will be assessed to each dog license sold on or after February 15th each year.
Cat licenses may be purchased, without penalty, until end of business on March 14th each year. A $15.00 penalty will be assessed to each cat license sold on or after March 15th each year.
Licenses purchased for new pets will be sold for 1/2 price when purchased on or after July 1st.
License tags purchased after December 1, 2014, are permanent tags. We will simply renew this tag each year, and not issue a new tag unless your original becomes lost or destroyed. There is a $5.00 fee for a replacement tag.
Fill out the pet license application. You can download the application by using the following link: Pet license application
Accessory structures must meet the minimum setback requirements for accessory structures according the zoning classification of the property (refer to FAQ Question #1 to determine a property zoning designation) In general, accessory structures cannot be located within the front yard setback of a property or between the principle structure and the front property line. In most instances, accessory structures can be placed as close as three feet to an interior side property line and rear property line. In cases of a corner lot, structures must be placed a minimum of 15 feet from the street side yard property line. Accessory structures cannot exceed 18 feet in height and must remain subordinate in overall size to a principle structure (e.g., residential dwelling).
Permits for fences are required as of 2022. Fence regulations including placement, location, materials, etc., for all zoning districts may be viewed at the following link:
Contact the Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350 if you have additional questions. Last, always remember "Call Before You Dig" at 1-800-292-8989 or 811.
All suspected zoning violations can be reported to the Council Bluffs Community Development Department via phone (712) 890-5350 or in person at 209 Pearl St (lower level of City Hall.)
Zoning enforcement is handled through the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. Each zoning violation is reviewed on a case-by-case with enforcement action being determined by the severity of the violation. If you suspect a zoning violation has occurred, please contact the Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350.
All rezoning requests are decided upon by the City Council after review and recommendation by the City Planning Commission. As part of the rezoning process, the City Council must consider several important factors when making their decision including, but not limited to, minimum lot size, surrounding land uses, consistency with the Council Bluffs Comprehensive Plan and the availability of utilities to service the subject property. For more information on rezoning a parcel of land, please contact the Council Bluffs Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350.
A daycare service is considered any facility which receives for temporary care, six or more individuals during any part of a 24 hour day. Such facilities require a conditional use permit from the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) prior to operation. Daycare services which care for five or less individuals in a 24 hour day are not required to obtain a conditional use permit from the Council Bluffs ZBA. Individuals interested in operating a daycare should also check with the Iowa Department of Human Services to determine if any special license(s) are required. For more information on requesting a conditional use permit from the Council Bluffs ZBA and/or operating a day care service from your home, please contact the Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350 for more information.
If it is determined that the portion of your property you want to sell to your neighbor is not considered to be of a buildable size and does not create any nonconforming building setbacks, it might be possible to do a Property Line Adjustment. A form would be required to be filled out and signed by both you and your neighbor and a filing fee is required. If the Community Development Director determines it necessary, a property survey would also be required. The Property Line Adjustment is reviewed and approved/denied by the Director and does not go before the Planning Commission or City Council. Contact the Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350 for more information.
Yes. If your property is a locally designed historic landmark or located within a locally designated historic district all exterior modifications including signage requires the review of the City Historic Preservation Commission. If your property is entered in the National Register of Historic Places (as a landmark or as part of a district), but is not locally designated review of the City Historic Preservation Commission is not required. If you are unsure about the designation of a property you may view the historic preservation layer on the website referred to FAQ Question #1, or contact the Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350 for more information. Please note that in addition to Commission review all other permitting requirements are in effect.
Property owners located adjacent to an unimproved alley right-of-way can request that it be vacated and conveyed to the adjoining property owner(s). In most situations, vacated property is divided evenly between property owners, (i.e. a 12-foot wide alley located between two lots would be divided 6 feet to each of the property owners). Once a request and filing fee are received it is sent to all City departments and public utilities to determine the existence of any utilities within the alley. Notices are also sent to all property owners adjoining the alley in order to determine if anyone objects to vacating the alley and to make sure all owners are willing to accept their portion of alley. If, after public hearing by the City Planning Commission and the City Council, it is determined that the alley can be vacated, it may be conveyed to the abutting owners at no additional cost. Contact the Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350 for more information.
Parking of one recreational vehicle (e.g., camper or boat) may be allowed outside within the required front yard setback (which in most cases is 25 feet from the front property line) on a hard surface driveway or on a hard surface pad contiguous with the driveway, provided: 1. Space is not available in the side yard, behind the required front yard or there is no reasonable access to either the side yard or rear yard; 2. Parking in an enclosed structure is not possible; 3. The vehicle is parked perpendicular to the curb; and 4. The vehicle may not extend over the public sidewalk or public right-of-way. For more information, please contact the Council Bluffs Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350 or reference Chapter 15.23.030(04) Recreational Vehicle Parking of the Council Bluffs Municipal Code.
The primary incentive of the urban renewal law is the use of tax increment financing (TIF). TIF is a method by which the amount of increase in property tax revenues generated by a project can be used by the municipality to assist in the development of the project. TIF allows the city to acquire, prepare and assist in the development of project and/or sites that would not have been otherwise developed by the private sector. Using TIF districts “freezes” the base valuation of the designated area and captures the increment gained from the new development. This new increment is what is used to help finance the project. Each individual project is examined by staff in order to determine whether or not a project will be eligible for TIF assistance. Please contact the Community Development Department at (712) 890-5350 to initiate this process.
• Housing Development – The conservation and redevelopment of established neighborhoods and the preservation and expansion of their housing stock.• Economic Development – The revitalization of commercial properties and job creating projects that benefit low and moderate income people.• Public Services and Facilities – The development of physical and human service projects that benefit low and moderate income people by non-profit organizations.
The League of Human Dignity offers a Barrier Removal Program. This program provides grants to low income persons with disabilities to assist them in modifying their residential units for accessibility. The program encourages persons to remain in their existing living environment and creates additional accessible housing in the community. The program is available for rental units and owner-occupied housing. For more information, call the League to Human Dignity at (712) 323-6863 or visit the following website.
Community Development will investigate properties with noxious weeds and/or grass that is taller than 18”, trash or junk which has been stored on private property for more than three days, or vehicles parked in a yard or have expired tags within Council Bluffs city limits. Complaints can be reported by calling the Code Compliance Hotline at 712-890-5360.
Pottawattamie County Public Health
Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Field Office 4
1401 Sunnyside Ln
Atlantic, IA 50022
Phone: (712) 243-1934
All food service establishments that serve or sell food to the public must obtain a license and comply with the Iowa Food Code. These facilities include restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, bars and taverns, liquor stores, hotels, motels and inns, mobile food units, temporary food vendors, food processing plants and food warehouses. Pottawattamie County Inspections are conducted by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Visit their website at https://dia.iowa.gov/food/business-licensing.
Radon testing is very easy and inexpensive. Kits are available to pick up at the Pottawattamie County Public Health Clinic or Planning Department offices. Visit the Pottawattamie County website at: https://www.pottcounty-ia.gov/departments/
Per Ordinance 4.50.070 Paragraph 7.2 (B), “Any person seeking a special variance pursuant to this section shall file an application with the city clerk.”
View more information on the City Clerk's webpage here: https://www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/146/Special-Event-Permit
This city facility, located at 4441 Gifford Rd., is open the following hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste Disposal is available at the facility during the following hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 2nd Saturday of each month: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The easiest way to find out what we take is to click on the link below or call and talk to us at 712-328-4985.
Please contact the Pottawattamie County Treasurer - Motor Vehicle Department at (712) 328-5631 for questions regarding automobile licensing and registration.
Parking Ticket Appeal Form
Payments may be made online by credit card by using the following link: Red Light Ticket Online Payments
All Non Sufficient Checks are sent directly to Payliance. You may contact them at (877) 892-4325 to arrange payment.
An original certificate of insurance shall be submitted to the Council Bluffs Fire Department.Please submit an insurance certificate a minimum of thirty days prior to the date of the event forapproval by the City Attorney.
Once the appropriate applications are made, there will be a review of the application by amember of the Council Bluffs Fire Marshal's Office.
The Fire Marshal's Office shall conduct a walk-through inspection and upon request, there shallbe a representative demonstration of the pyrotechnics display.
A site inspection shall be made of the shooting area to include safe zone and fallout perimeter. Ifthe shoot site or the pyrotechnic display is deemed unsafe, the display can be postponed orcancelled per the authority having the jurisdiction.
A fee of $150 made payable to the Council Bluffs Fire Department. Applicants shall comply withall storage and transportation of pyrotechnic materials as per federal and state codes.
All indoors pyrotechnic displays shall require a minimum of (1) one stand by fire personnel onscene. Additional personnel and/or equipment may be required as per the authority havingjurisdiction. Standby personnel to be of the expense of the entity putting on display.
All outdoor pyrotechnic events shall be reviewed by the Fire Marshal's Office. A minimum of (2)two standby fire personnel and equipment will be required for events on all City-owned property.Events on privately-owned property may require the presence of standby fire watch firepersonnel as determined by the Fire Chief or his designee. All standby firewatch personnel will beprovided by the Council Bluffs Fire Department at the expense of the event sponsor or shooter.
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Go To SearchAlert IowaChief's MessageCustomer FeedbackDirectoryEMS (Ambulance)Fire/EMS ReportsFire Station ToursFire Suppression DivisionHazardous Materials ResponseISO RatingPrevention DivisionSafety Tips & First AidSevere Weather Warning SirensSmoke DetectorsTraining DivisionYou are here: Home > Departments > Fire Department > Customer FeedbackCustomer FeedbackThe Council Bluffs Fire Department is proud to be of service to the citizens of Council Bluffs and to the many people who visit our community. In order to maintain the quality of our services and to continue seeking better ways to serve you, we welcome your comments, suggestions and questions. You can contact the Fire Department at (712) 328-4646.
Council Bluffs Fire Department 200 South 4th Street Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Fax (712) 328-4916
Your request should be completed and available within five work days and we will call to let you know it is available. No fee is charged for the basic Fire Report.
Council Bluffs Fire Department Report Request Form
Council Bluffs Fire Department 200 South 4th Street Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Fax (712) firstname.lastname@example.org Your request should be completed and available within five work days and we will call to let you know it is available. No fee is charged for the Patient Report.
Your request should be completed and available within ten work days and we will call to let you know it is available. A fee based on the number of pages and time spent will be due when you pick up the report. Fees for reports are established in the City Municipal Code.
Current fees are: 1st page $ 10.00 Each additional page: $ 0.50
Note that there are additional fees for photos, cd’s and other media material if requested.
*A charge based on the hourly rate of the person performing the task will be made if the time spent retrieving files, supervising the examination of records, and/or copying of records exceeds fifteen minutes.
Fire Investigation Report
If you prefer, you can access your account and update your insurance information online. You will need your account number and zip code readily available. Intermedix's Secure Website
Please see the link below for Hazardous Materials disposal hours.
If you have questions, contact the Recycling Center at (712) 328-4985 or (877)-366-9812. Check this site for more information on Hazardous Material disposal.
2. A recreational fire shall be no larger than 3ft in diameter and 2ft in height and at least 25 feet from any combustible surface such as a fence, wall, or other surface.
3. Portable outdoor fireplaces (UL listed fire ring, chiminea, or similar purchased device) shall be located at least 15 ft from any combustible surface such as a fence, wall, or other surface.
4. There must be a hose or fire extinguisher close by.
5. The only material allowed to burn is firewood. No leaves, yard waste, lumber scraps, or household waste may be burned.
6. Be aware of where the smoke is going. The homeowner is responsible for keeping the smoke from becoming a nuisance. Offensive or objectionable smoke may result in a civil fine.
7. If the fire department is dispatched to a recreational fire repeatedly, the home owner/tenant may be subject to a civil citation.
8. We urge the use of common sense.
Please reference the municipal code for additional information.
Municipal Code 4.02.00
Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation focuses on fundamental skill building and recreational sports, mostly for K-3rd graders. Other organizations offer sports for older ages including soccer - Council Bluffs Youth Soccer Association (www.cbysa.org) tackle football - Western Iowa Youth Sports (www.wiys.org) volleyball - Cobra Optimist Club (http://cobraoptimist.org) wrestling - Cobra Optimist Club (http://cobraoptimist.org)
Online Accident Reports
View our document on vehicle release information to find out what you need to know.
Any accident where the combined damage to all vehicles involved is over $1,500.00 must be reported.
In the event that an officer was not summoned to the scene, a report may be filed at the police station.
All parties involved in the accident are required to be present at the time the report is filed.
Parties involved are required to have their drivers' license, registration for the vehicle, and proof of insurance.
Use the 'Report a Concern' button or call Public Works Operations at 712-328-4641.
Call Council Bluffs Water Works at 712-328-1006.
Call Public Works Engineering at 712-890-5296.
Call the Parks Department at 712-890-5291.
Call the Traffic Division at 712-328-4645.For emergencies, call 911.
Contact the City Treasurer's Office at (712) 890-5316 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am & 5:00 pm to sign up for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection services and to verify your collection day.
Visit the following link to view the recycling calendar.
Call Waste Connections at (712) 256-2288 to report missed garbage, recycling or yard waste. If you are sent to voicemail, leave a detailed message with your name, address, date and time.
Carts can be purchased in a number of ways: Sign up at the Treasurer's Office and pay $92.00. Deliveries are made on the following Friday. Send a note with your name, address and telephone number explaining that you would like a Poly-cart delivered and a $92.00 check made out to the Treasurer’s Office. The check should be sent to 209 Pearl Street, and the Poly-cart will be delivered the following Friday after payment is received. Ask about Poly-carts at the Recycling Center; pay $82.00, and take one home with you. The Recycling Center is located at: 4441 Gifford Road Council Bluffs, IA 51501 (712) 890-5454
Call the Council Bluffs Recycling Center at (712) 890-5454.
You probably need a bulky waste or appliance curbside pick-up. Call Waste Connections at (712) 256-2288. Or if you want to bring it to the recycling center, call (712) 890-5454 to find out more information.
Solid Waste billing occurs quarterly. Bills are distributed every 3 months and are due February 15th, May 15th, August 15th, and November 15th of each year. A $20 late fee shall be assessed for any bill paid after these dates. In addition, unpaid fees that are 60 days late are considered delinquent. All delinquent accounts shall be liened to the property unless the delinquent account is the responsibility of the tenant. The tenant is then subject to a municipal citation and fines up to $830.
If your house is vacant, please complete the following form:
Currently, our red light detection cameras are located at the following intersections: