Poweshiek County Sanitarian & Zoning
Click on any of the links below for forms or information:
- Chapter 69 in the Code of Iowa for Onsite Wastewater Treatment & Disposal Systems
- Sewer System Application
- Percolation Test Procedure
- Well Construction Permit
- Board of Health Rules
- Special Use Application
- Change Zoning Application
- Poweshiek County Zoning Ordinance of 2011 – Amended March 20, 2017
- Building Permits
- Poweshiek County Animal Control
- Application for Appointment
Frequently Ask Zoning Questions
Dear Poweshiek County Realtors:
Do to some perceived misunderstandings, please find below the questions most frequently asked by property owners and realtors. We thought it would be a good idea to make available a letter [download]that you can copy for any or all of your clients who are interested in purchasing land / building sites in the unincorporated area of Poweshiek County.
Who do I ask if I have any zoning questions?
Within city limits – call local city office
Outside city limits – call Poweshiek County Zoning 641-623-3762
What is the procedure if I purchase land to build a home?
Upon application completed (from Zoning Office), you must have a meeting with the Zoning Commission, which is held 3rd Tuesday of month, at this time. They will make a motion for recommend approval / disapproval to the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors makes the final discussion to approve / disapprove. Upon approval you will need to buy a building permit., The rule of thumb (at this time) no good quality farmland to be used for anything but agriculture.
Do I need a permit for a shed with skids?
A permit is not required, however if you attach the shed to a permanent foundation a permit is required.
What are minimum acres I need to buy to build?
2 acres net
Do I have to rezone if I want to build a house in the country?
Yes, land needs to be rezoned from agricultural to residential. Zoning office has applications; you must have a meeting with the Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors as above.
How close can I build to property line?
Building at Ponderosa & Holiday lakes – 4 feet at Ponderosa & 5 feet at Holiday + read Lake By-Laws) + building in country – 15 feet from property side yard line + 50 feet from front & 40 feet from back of yard.
What if I need to build closer to property line?
A meeting is needed with Board of Adjustments (applications in zoning office) zoning department will schedule a meeting date.
Do I need any permits if I want to start a Business in the country?
Most generally yes, there are home operations that are permitted further information contact Zoning administrator.
What is the base flood elevation of Lake Ponderosa?
859.9 feet above sea level.
Any new construction below 866.6 feet above sea level (height of the dam), will need a DNR floodplain development permit. For more information see http://www.iowadnr.gov/environmental-protection/land-quality/flood-plain-management/flood-plain-dev-permits
Poweshiek County Zoning
102 S 3rd St
P.O. BOX 418
MONTEZUMA, IOWA 50171