Permits and Ordinances

Permits and Ordinances

Building and Zoning:

Iowa One Call (Call before you dig)  1-800-292-8989
If you plan to make any improvements to your property, please inquire about obtaining a building permit and the cost of the permit. Building Permit Applications are available to print, fill out and bring to City Hall Office with the appropriate fee.  The Building Administrators will approve and a Permit will be sent to you.  If denied for any reason, your fee will be returned.

The Council mostly meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  Any questions or complaints – contact City Hall and request to be put on the Agenda to discuss your matter with the Council.  We have Complaint Forms available at City Hall if you need to fill one out. You can print and fill out Complaint form and bring or mail to City Hall.  You will need to attend the next Council Meeting to discuss with the Council.

If you are new to the City, you will need to fill out a Water Request Form and return it with the fees stated.

Utilities Rates:

  • Basic Water Charge  $18.00 per month
    • ($3.00 per thousand gallons for usage)
  • Sewer  $13.55 per month
  • Landfill Charge  $8.00-$9.00 per month
  • Garbage  $10.20 per month
  • *Additional cans are billed the same

Utility Statements are mailed out at the end of the month, due the fifteenth.  After the fifteenth, there is a 10% penalty added.

Garbage Can Info:

For a large can, there’s an additional $1.00 charge, added to Landfill.  Garbage Pick-up Day is early Tuesday morning.  We suggest you place your can out Monday night.  Place can within 7 feet of curb with serial number facing the street.  If you are not sure which side of your property to place the can, look at your neighbors.  Please do not place hot ashes or anything extremely hot in cans-let it cool first.

Houses & Apartments Available:
If you are looking for housing to buy or rent, please contact City Hall at (712) 885-2237.  We may know if something is available.

Park Shelter House Dates Available:

To reserve the City Park for an event, fill out the form below along with a $25 fee.  $20.00 of the fee is refundable; $5.00 is kept for garbage expenses.  The City will supply two big trash bags and one smaller bag for the restroom.  You can pick up the packet and key within 3 days of rental date.  After you return the key, the $20.00 deposit will be returned to you, provided the park facilities are left in good condition.

Pet Permits and Ordinances:
If you have a dog or cat, you will need to purchase a pet license.  Please bring along shot papers.  You may print and fill out the information form to purchase your dog/cat license.  Bring it to City Hall during business hours or slip it in the slot on door with the required fee and your license will be mailed to you.

The City Dump:

The City Dump is for leaves, grass clippings, and tree limbs only.  You will need to obtain a key from City Hall, City Maintenance, Mayor, or one of the Council Members.

Snow Removal:

During inclement weather, please keep your sidewalks shoveled and free of snow AND your vehicles off the street so snow can be removed from the streets


The City requests that when you mow, please remove your grass clippings from the street.  It plugs the Storm Sewer.  Thank you!

(712) 885-2237

130 E Main St
Ute, IA 51060

City Hall Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 AM-2 PM