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Property Maintenance/Code Enforcement (Chapter 29)

Contact Information:
City Services Center
500 15th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA  52404

Phone:  319-286-5838
Fax:  319-286-5830

Monday to Friday
7:30 am to 4:00 pm


The Code Enforcement Division is proposing updating the City's Housing and Property Maintenance Code from the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code with local amendments to the 2024 International Property Maintenance Code with local amendments. 

The proposed updates to the Housing and Property Maintenance Code are highlighted in the following document (PDF file):  Proposed 2024 Housing and Property Maintenance Code Update Summary

Open Houses

We invite you to attend an Open House to learn more about the proposed changes to the Housing and Property Maintenance Code, as well as offer your feedback.

  • Tuesday, June 25 – 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 27 – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, June 28 – 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Each session will include a presentation at the starting time.  Staff will be available to answer any questions and give you the opportunity for feedback.

The Open Houses will be held at the Cedar Rapids City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW, in the Five Seasons Conference Room.  The conference room is located on the 1st floor of the City Services Center.  Use the main entrance and proceed to the left of the stairs to locate the Five Seasons Conference Room to the left.

In addition to the Housing and Property Maintenance Code, the Building Services Department is updating the Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes and the Fire Department is updating the Fire Code.  Representatives from Building Services and the Fire Department will be available to discuss the proposed changes and collect feedback.

You may contact us at (319) 286-5197 or email buildingservices@cedar-rapids.org if you have any questions or concerns.


The Code Enforcement Division enforces property maintenance standards for both residential and commercial properties. Code enforcement officers enforce these standards using the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code with local amendments as adopted and are called the ‘Housing and Property Maintenance Code’.

The provisions of this code shall apply to all existing residential and nonresidential structures and all existing premises and constitute minimum requirements and standards for premises, structures, equipment located within Cedar Rapids. The Housing Code shall be for: regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary, and fit for occupancy and use; the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use; the demolition of such existing structures as provided within the corporate limits of the City of Cedar Rapids.

The Code Enforcement Division of the Building Services Department is a complaint-based service.

Chapter 29 - 2021 International Property Maintenance Code with Local Amendments

Means of Appeal. Any person directly affected by a decision of the code official, or a notice or order issued under this code shall have the right to appeal to the Housing Code Board of Appeals, provided that a written application for appeal is filed within 20 days after the date of the initial notice of violation or order under this code.

Vacant & Neglected Buildings Regulations are enforced using Chapter 29, Subchapter 10 of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Code.

Vacant & Neglected Buildings are Defined as: Any building or portion of a building which meets any one or more of the following conditions for more than 180 calendar days in any given year: unoccupied and unsecured, unoccupied and secured by boarding or by means other than those used in the design of the building, unoccupied and has housing and/or building code violations, unoccupied and unfit for occupancy, or unoccupied and declared dangerous or unsafe under this code.

All Vacant & Neglected Buildings SHALL be registered with the Building Services Department within 30 calendar days.

Vacant & Neglected Property Registration Form

Fee Resolution

Registering a complaint. General property maintenance complaints may be reported by phone or email. All complaints must include the address of the alleged violations. To submit a complaint or report an issue, please use the My CR portal

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