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To sign up for water or sewer service or disconnect water or sewer service, you must come into City Hall to fill out the appropriate paperwork. To sign up for service, we will need to take a copy of your driver’s license and will require either a $100 deposit or a letter of credit. For us to be able to accept a letter of credit and waive the deposit, the letter of credit will need to be for at least one year of service from a previous utility company, and you must have paid on time for the entire year. In addition, we may need to set up an appointment for us to read your utility meter.

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To apply for a building permit, you must fill out a building permit application. This application is not available online because the application is a two-part form. You can either stop in to Maquoketa City Hall to pick up a building permit application or contact us and we can mail you a building permit application. Although the time it takes to get a building permit approved may vary, please allow up to one week for the approval process. Also, please keep in mind that a building permit must be approved before any work can begin.

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To apply for a variance, you must fill out a variance application, which is available in our download center in the menu at the top of the page or at City Hall. A person can apply for a variance at City Hall. As a part of the application, the person must pay a $50 fee and submit the names and addresses of property owners within 200 feet of his/her property. Those names and addresses can be obtained at the Jackson County Courthouse Auditor’s Office. A public hearing then must be set up before the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the neighboring property owners must be notified of the hearing by City Hall. The neighboring property owners may speak either for or against the proposed project. The Zoning Board of Adjustment meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Please allow up to one month for a variance to be reviewed and a decision made on the application. Also, please keep in mind that if a variance is required, the approval of the variance is required before a building permit will be issued and before any work may be begin.

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Maquoketa City Council meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Each agenda has an audience section near the beginning during which audience members are allowed to address the Council. If you would like a particular item on the agenda, please contact Maquoketa City Hall. Items for agendas must be turned in by noon on the Wednesday prior to the Council meeting.

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To apply to be on a board or commission, you must reside in the City limits and you must complete an application. For an application, please refer to our download center in the menu at the top of the page. Once you have completed the application, you can either mail it or drop it off at Maquoketa City Hall. Each application must be placed on a Council agenda for approval. For a list of openings, please call City Hall or look on our Boards and Commission page under departments.

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To get copies of any City Council and/or boards and commission minutes, contact City Hall at 563-652-2484. Please allow at least one day for these minutes to be retrieved and copied for you.

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To get visitor information on Maquoketa, please contact the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, 124 South Main Street, Suite 2, Maquoketa, IA 52060, 563-652-4602

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To get employment information or to fill out a job application, please contact Maquoketa City Hall, 201 East Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060, 563-652-2484.

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To apply to close a City street, use City property or to apply to exceed the noise limits for a special function, you will need to fill out an event application. This form is available at City Hall or can be downloaded from our download center in the menu at the top of the page. After filling out your application, please return it to City Hall. Each application must be approved by the Maquoketa City Council. Please allow up to three weeks for approval.

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A street cut or curb cut application needs to be filled out each time someone will be cutting into the City street or the adjacent curb. These forms may be picked up at City Hall or can be downloaded from our download center in the menu at the top of the page. After filling out the appropriate application, the application must be returned to Maquoketa City Hall. Both applications require a certificate of insurance to accompany it from the person or company that will be doing the work. In addition, a street cut application also requires a $500 deposit to be made to the City of Maquoketa before any work is done. The deposit will be used to pay for any street repairs that will be made to the affected street. If the amount of street repairs does not total $500, a refund will be made to the person who made the deposit. If the amount of the street repairs exceeds $500, the applicant will be billed for the remaining amount. Both street cut and curb cut applications must be reviewed by the Public Works Director or his designee before work may begin.

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Each year, the City of Maquoketa sets aside money to reimburse people who replace broken or missing sidewalks. In order to apply for a reimbursement, you must fill out a sidewalk program application before the project begins. This application can be picked up at Maquoketa City Hall or can be downloaded from our download center in the menu at the top of the page. The application must be reviewed by the Public Works Director or his designee before the work may begin. Once the work is completed, the property owner must submit copies of the paid bill for the concrete to City Hall. The bill must show the length of sidewalk that was replaced. Please keep in mind that the program will only reimburse the property owner what the City of Maquoketa would have paid for the concrete if we had purchased the concrete.

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Any person wishing to operate a Home Occupation must make application for a Home Occupation Permit. A Home Occupation permit application can be picked up at Maquoketa City Hall or can be downloaded from our download center in the menu at the top of the page. After an application is submitted, a public hearing must be held. The City will publish notice of the date, time, place and purpose of the hearing. The publication shall appear in the newspaper selected for official notices not less than five days before and not more than ten days before the date of the hearing.

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To find out which ward you live in, you can either call Maquoketa City Hall or look at a ward map. The ward map is available by going to our download center in the menu at the top of the page.

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To get something put on the local access channel, please contact Karen Rubel, Local Access Channel Manager at 563-652-2835 or maqaccesschannel@maquoketaia.com

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To report a complaint, you can either call Maquoketa City Hall at 563-652-2484 or click on the link on the right hand side at the top of this page.

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Everyone who wishes to trim or remove trees within the City and who wishes to haul garbage within the City must be licensed with the City. In order to register for a license, you must complete the appropriate form and the application must be approved by the Maquoketa City Council. If you are interested in trimming and/or removing trees, you must fill out a tree trimmers license application. If you are interested in hauling garbage, you must fill out a solid waste haulers license application. These forms are available by downloading them from our download center in the menu at the top of the page or by calling Maquoketa City Hall at 563-652-2484. Please allow up to three weeks for approval.

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Jackson County Assessor: 563-652-4935
Jackson County Auditor: 563-652-3144
Jackson County Fairgrounds: 563-652-4282
Jackson County Historical Society: 563-652-5020
Jackson County Landfill Administrator: 563-652-5658
Jackson County Public Hospital: 563-652-2474
Jackson County Sanitarian: 563-652-5658
Jackson County Senior Center: 563-652-6771
Jackson County Recorder: 563-652-2504
Jackson County Treasurer: 563-652-5649
Jackson County Zoning: 563-652-4512

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The Iowa Dept of Transportation has a driver’s license office at the Jackson County Courthouse that can be reached at 563-652-2617.

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This would be at the Treasurer’s Department at the Jackson County Courthouse at 563-652-5649

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You can register to vote with the County Auditor’s Office at the Jackson County Courthouse or call 563-652-3144.

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This is only a portion of our ordinance. For a complete ordinance, please refer to our ordinances in the menu at the top of the page. 6-20-2 MAINTENANCE OF BOULEVARD AND PRIVATE PROPERTY All property owners shall maintain their property and the abutting boulevard according to the following standards:

  • A. In districts zoned R-1, R-2, R-3, B-1, or B-2, all grasses, weeds, vines and brush shall be cut or destroyed when said growth exceeds six inches (6″) in height.
  • B. In areas zoned other than R-1, R-2, R-3, B-1 or B-2, all grasses, weeds, vines and brush shall be cut or destroyed when said growth exceeds ten inches (10″) in height.
  • C. Keep the abutting boulevard free of holes, excavations, protrusions, or other obstacles which could cause injury to the public.

6-20-4 FAILURE TO COMPLY

  • 1. If the property owner fails to maintain the property as required under this chapter after notice is given as provided in this chapter, the inspector shall order the work to be done by City employees or by a Contractor.
  • 2. The total cost and expense of the work done, including any administrative fees, shall be paid by the property owner. Failure to pay shall result in the cost being assessed against the property for collection in the same manner as a property tax.
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This is only a portion of our ordinance. For a complete ordinance, please refer to our ordinances in the menu at the top of the page.

A “nuisance” is defined and treated by City Ordinance as follows:

3-2-1 DEFINITIONS. For use in this Ordinance, the following terms are defined:

1. The term “nuisance” shall mean whatever is injurious to health, indecent, or offensive to the senses or an obstacle to the free use of property so as essentially to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property. The following are declared to be nuisances:

  • A. The erecting, continuing or using any building or other place for the exercise of any trade, employment or manufacture, which by occasioning noxious exhalations, offensive smells, or other annoyances, becomes injurious and dangerous to the health, comfort of property or individuals or the public.
  • B. The causing or suffering any offal, filth, or noisome substance to be collected or to remain in any place to the prejudice of others.
  • C. The obstructing or impeding without legal authority the passage of any navigable river, harbor, or collection of water.
  • D. The corrupting or rendering unwholesome or impure the water of any river, stream, or pond, or unlawfully diverting the same from its natural course or state; to the injury or prejudice of others.
  • E. The obstructing or encumbering by fences, buildings or otherwise the public roads, private ways, streets, alleys, commons, landing places or burying grounds.
  • F. Houses of ill fame, kept for the purpose of prostitution and lewdness, gambling houses, or houses resorted to for the use of opium or hashish or houses where drunkenness, quarreling, fighting or breaches of the peace are carried on or permitted to the disturbance of others.
  • G. Billboards, signboards, and advertising signs, whether erected and constructed on public or private property, which so obstruct and impair the view of any portion or part of a public street, avenue, highway, boulevard or alley or of a railroad or street railway track as to render dangerous the use thereof.
  • H. Cotton-bearing cottonwood trees and all other cotton bearing poplar trees in cities.
  • I. The depositing or storing of flammable junk, such as old rags, rope, cordage, rubber, bones and paper by dealers in such articles within the fire limits of any city, unless it be in a building of fireproof construction.
  • J. The emission of dense smoke, noxious fumes or fly ash.
  • K. Dense growth of all weeds, vines, brush or other vegetation in the city so as to constitute a health, safety or fire hazard.
  • L. Trees on private property infected with Dutch elm disease.
  • M. Effluent from a septic tank or drainfield or ponding of polluted water over an overloaded or non-operating drain field.
  • N. The obstruction of a gutter or drainage ditch or pipe.
  • O. The maintaining of any accumulations of rubbish and animal manure.

3-2- 4 NOTICE TO ABATE NUISANCE OR CONDITION. Whenever the Mayor or other authorized municipal officer finds that a nuisance or other condition listed in Section 3 exists, he/she shall cause to be served upon the property owner as shown by the records of the County Auditor a written notice to abate the nuisance within a reasonable time after notice.

3-2-5 CONTENTS OF NOTICE TO ABATE. The notice to abate shall contain:

  • 1. A description of what constitutes the nuisance or other condition;
  • 2. The location of the nuisance or condition;
  • 3. A statement of the act or acts necessary to abate the nuisance or condition;
  • 4. A “reasonable time” within which to complete the abatement;
  • 5. A statement that if the nuisance or condition is not abated as directed and no request for hearing is made within the time prescribed, the City will abate it, and assess the costs against such person.
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Residents are allowed to have recreational fires which are classified as: Open fires for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies; provided, however, that no person shall allow, cause or permit the emission of visible air contaminants into the atmosphere from any such fire equal to or in excess of 40 percent opacity. For a complete copy of the ordinance, please refer to our ordinances in the menu at the top of the page.

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Every owner of a dog or cat over six (6) months old shall procure a license from the City of Maquoketa on or before the 1st day of November each year, or within thirty (30) days of the animal being brought into the City, or when the animal has reached six (6) months of age. For a complete copy of the ordinance, please refer to our ordinances in the menu at the top of the page.

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Ordinance No. 111 was passed on August 17, 2000 that required anyone who was constructing a new building to install a sidewalk. For a complete copy of the ordinance, please refer to our ordinance section in the menu at the top of the page.

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Residents within the City may use the Birch Drive brush site to drop off yard waste, grass clippings and tree branches as long as the branches are no greater than 6″ in diameter. Anyone who provides lawn care services for a fee is allowed to use the brush site to dispose of grass clippings and chipped material only. Anyone who provides tree care services for a fee is restricted from using the site, except to dispose of grass clippings.

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Yes, our ordinance states: It shall be unlawful for any person of firm to engage in the business or occupation of pruning, treating, or removing trees within the city without first applying for and procuring a license. For a complete copy of the ordinance, please refer to our download center in the left hand menu.

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On March 19, 2007, the Maquoketa City Council adopted an ordinance to require the use of key lock boxes. The ordinance requires all commercial buildings and all apartment buildings with common areas that are locked to the general public and constructed after the date the ordinance was approved to install a key lock box. Existing buildings which are converted to commercial use or converted to an apartment building with common areas that are locked to the general public after the date the ordinance is approved will also be required to install a key lock box. Owners of existing commercial buildings or apartment buildings may participate in the system, but are not required to do so. If a property owner chooses to participate in the system, the key lock box and installation must meet all requirements of the ordinance. Knox also makes boxes designed specifically for residential use. These boxes are keyed to the same fire department master key and are installed in the same manner. Any participation by residential properties is strictly voluntary. The cost of installation will be at the building owner’s expense. Order forms may be picked up at City Hall. For a complete copy of the ordinance, please refer to our ordinance section in the menu at the top of the page.

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