How Do I
Apply for a building permit?
Download and complete a building permit application or get a copy of the form at City Hall.
Return the signed permit application to City Hall. It will be reviewed; a fee will be calculated based on the project’s value and you will be notified to come to City Hall or make payment and to pick up your signed permit and placard to post at the job site. Please keep in mind that a building permit must be approved before any work can begin.
Apply for a variance?
Download and complete a variance application or get a copy of the form at City Hall.
Return the signed permit application along with the $75 fee and a list of names and addresses of property owners within 200 feet of your property to City Hall. A public hearing will be set with the Zoning Board of Adjustment to consider your request. 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.
Apply to be on a board or commission?
Download and complete a board & commission application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the application to City Hall. Appointments are announced at City Council meetings.
Apply for special event permits?
Download and complete a special event application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. A property reservation form for community events may also be needed. Return the paperwork to City Hall along with the $25 fee.
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 download and complete an event application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. 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.
Apply for a street or curb cut?
Download and complete a street cut application or a curb cut application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the completed form to City Hall along with a certificate of insurance for the company doing the work and a $500 deposit. The deposit will be used to pay for any street repairs required by the work. Repairs less than $500 will result in a refund, those in excess will result in a bill. Street cut and curb cut applications require approval from the Public Works Director.
Apply for the sidewalk program?
Apply for a home occupation permit?
Download and complete a home occupation application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the completed form to City Hall with the appropriate fee. A public hearing will be scheduled at which your application will be approved or denied.
Apply for a driver’s license?
Find agendas and minutes?
City Council agendas and minutes for the last 12 months can be found here. Agendas for the City Council, commissions and boards are posted on the bulletin board at City Hall. Contact City Hall at 563-652-2484 to request copies of specific agendas or minutes. Please allow at least one day for us to have them ready for you.
Find employment information?
Job openings at the City of Maquoketa are advertised in the Sentinel-Press and on this website.
Find visitor information?
The Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, located in the Maquoketa Art Experience on Main Street downtown is always well supplied with fliers, brochures and information about events, attractions and area businesses.
Find who is on committees and boards?
Visit the Boards and Commissions page.
Where can I find out which ward I live in?
Consult the ward map or call City Hall at 563-652-2484.
Where can I find out which day my garbage/recycling bins will be picked up?
Thursdays will be the East Half of Town and Fridays will be the West Half of Town. Both Garbage and Recycling Bins will be picked up the same day. Bins should be placed in the right away or curbside. Consult the Town Map.
Pay my water bill?
There are 6 methods to pay your water bill.
Cash, Check or Money Order – May by placed in the Drop Box Located on Pleasant Street or Mailed to City Hall at 201 E. Pleasant Street. Make sure your payment is clearly labeled as to the account/service address you want it posted to.
Automatic Payments/Automatic Withdrawal – download and complete an application for automatic withdrawal or get a copy of the form at City Hall. A voided check will need to be included with the form. Application for automatics payments must be turned into City Hall by the 10th of the month. The withdrawal will be taken from your account on the 20th of each month.
Online Payments – go to https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/a0006o. You will need your account number to complete.
Phone Payments – can be made by calling 1-888-604-7888. You will need your account number to complete.
LATE – What if I am late on paying my bill? Water/Sewer/Garbage/Recycling Bills are due the 20th of every month. If bills are not paid by the 20th, a 10.5% penalty will be added to your bill. You will have an additional 12 days to pay your bill to avoid disconnect. For door postings disconnects there will be a $30.00 door hanger fee added to accounts if not paid after 12 days.
Pay a fine?
City fines can be paid at City Hall during office hours.
Pay property taxes?
Property taxes are paid to the Jackson County Treasurer https://co.jackson.ia.us/offices/treasurer/index.htm
Register a pet / get a pet license?
Bring in a copy of the pet’s vaccinations along with a photo to City Hall, complete the application form and pay the applicable fee. Dogs and cats are required to be licensed at six months. When relocating to Maquoketa, owners have thirty days to license their pets. Pet licenses are renewed annually in November.
Register to become licensed for tree trimming/removing?
Download and complete a tree trimmers license application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the completed application with proof of insurance and the appropriate fee to City Hall. Applications are approved by the City Council.
Register to become a licensed a commercial solid waste hauler?
Download and complete a solid waste hauler license application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the completed application with proof of insurance and the appropriate fee to City Hall. Applications are approved by the City Council.
Register my car / get license plates?
Register to vote?
Register A Vacant Building?
Vacant and partially vacant buildings must comply with Vacant Building Maintenance Some aspects of the standards may not apply to your property. There will be an initial inspection and follow up inspections as needed. Application for Vacant Building
Report a complaint?
To report a complaint, you can either call Maquoketa City Hall at 563-652-2484 or submit a report on our website.
Report street light out or malfunctioning?
Submit a Street Light Outage form. Maquoketa Municipal Electric Utility will take the appropriate action to make sure the light is replaced in a reasonable amount of time.
Report a police incident or car accident?
For non-emergencies please call 563-652-2468. For emergencies call 911.
Report a water main break?
During business hours call 563-652-4881; for emergencies and after hours, please call the on-call operator at 563-212-4881 or the Maquoketa Police Department at 563-652-2468.
Report an electrical outage?
To report a power outage, flickering lights, downed power lines, or other problems at your home or business related to electrical power service, call Maquoketa Municipal Electric Utility (MMEU) at 563-652-6891.
How do I bring a topic to the council’s attention?
Each City Council agenda has an audience section near the beginning during which audience members are allowed to address the Council. To have a specific item included on the agenda, please contact Maquoketa City Hall by noon on the Wednesday prior to the Council meeting.
How do I request that an announcement of event be on the local access channel?
Please contact Karen Rubel, Local Access Channel Manager at 563-652-2835 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I reserve a park shelter or building?
Download and complete a park shelter reservation form or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the signed form along with the fee to City Hall.
How do I reserve a camping space at Horseshoe Pond?
Horseshoe Pond campsites are on a first come, first serve basis. Campers register when they arrive. The rates for all sites are $17/day or $105/week.
How do I reserve a sport field?
Download and complete a ball field rental form or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the signed form along with the fee to City Hall.
How do I reserve the meeting room at City Hall?
To reserve the council chambers for a meeting, call City Hall during business hours at 563-652-2484.
How do I reserve the Library’s community room?
To reserve the Community room at the Library for a meeting call 563-652-3874
Sign up for water and sewer service?
Download and complete an application for water service or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the signed application to City Hall; we will make a copy of your driver’s license and require either a $100 deposit or a letter of credit. The letter of credit must 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.
Disconnect water and sewer service?
Download and complete a request to disconnect water or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Once the form is received a final meter read will be scheduled.
Sign up for direct water payments?
Download and complete an application for automatic debit or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the signed application to City Hall along with a copy of a check or a voided check.
Sign up to suspend water service or garbage/recycling during a long absence?
Download and complete a request to suspend service or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the signed application to City Hall; An appointment to have City Water Department Personnel shut off the water will need to be scheduled and another appointment will be to be scheduled upon your return to have the water turned back on. The water service reconnection fee is $20. Garbage/Recycling Services may be suspended also, there is a minimum of one month and maximum of 6 months this can be done throughout a year. Please contact City Hall at 563-652-2484, to learn more about these services.
Sign up for membership at the YMCA?
Come to the Maquoketa YMCA, 500 E Summit Street during business hours to complete a registration form. More information including rates and hours can be found here.
Sign up for city-sponsored recreational programs?
Information for youth and adult sports can be found here.
What are the numbers for Jackson County offices?
- 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
Is there a place to haul yard and garden waste
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.
Are pet licenses required?
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.
Who are on City Boards and Commissions?
Visit the Boards and Commissions page.