Appeal Application

Appeals to the Board of Adjustment may be taken by any person aggrieved or by any officer, department, board or bureau of the County affected by any decision of the Administrative Officer. Such appeal shall be taken within thirty days of that grievance by filing with the Administrative Officer from whom the appeal is taken, and with the Board of Adjustment, a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof. The Administrative Officer shall forthwith transmit to the Board of Adjustment all papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from was taken.

Appeal Meeting

The Board shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of an appeal and shall decide the appeal or application within a reasonable time. It shall give public notice and shall conduct a public hearing before making a decision on any appeal. The provisions of Section 358A.6 of the Code of Iowa, relative to official notice of public hearing shall apply. Due notice by a letter from the Administrative Officer shall be given to all owners of abutting property to the property for which the variation is sought. The letters shall state the location of the property and a brief description of the nature of the appeal, and shall state the time and place of the public hearing.

Action from the Appeal

An appeal stays all proceeding in furtherance of the action appealed from unless the Administrative Officer certifies to the Board of Adjustment after the notice of appeal shall have been filed with him that by reason of facts stated in the certificate would, in his opinion, cause imminent peril to life or property. In such case, proceedings shall not be stayed otherwise than by a restraining order which may be granted by the Board of Adjustment or by a court of record on the application of notice to the Officer from whom the appeal is taken and on due cause shown.


Fill out the Appeal Application (PDF) and return to the Zoning Office within 30 days of the decision by the Administrative Officer. The appeal will be scheduled for the next Board of Adjustment meeting.

Application Fee: $150 (plus cost of certified letters and recording fee)

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