The alley behind my house is unused. Can I buy it?

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.

Alley/Street/Right-of-Way Vacation Application

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14. My property is located in a historical district, or is a local historic landmark; do I need approval for exterior modifications (e.g., window, doors, paint, etc.) to the structure?
15. The alley behind my house is unused. Can I buy it?
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