Posted On December 6, 2015


A variety of eligible activities may be undertaken with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and HOME funds to meet community development and housing needs. These activities must benefit low- and moderate-income persons or must aid in the prevention of slum and blight. The list of eligible types of activities below does not cover all eligible activities nor if carried out individually are they necessarily eligible. There are other requirements that must be met to qualify a specific activity for federal funds.

    Examples of activities to utilize CDBG funds:
  • Acquisition of Property
  • Demolition and Clearance
  • Removal of Architectural Barriers
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Home Repairs
  • Park Improvements
  • Infrastructure
  • Facilities for Persons with Special Needs
  • Public Services
  • Sidewalks
    Examples of activities to utilize HOME funds:
  • Homeowner Rehabilitation
  • Home Buyer Activities
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance
  • Rental Housing Activities

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Posted On November 16, 2015

City Hall offices excluding emergency services will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Garbage collection will be rescheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, November 26th routes will be picked-up Saturday, November 28th
  • Friday, November 27th routes will be picked-up on Monday, November 30th

Citizens are reminded to have their carts curbside no later than 6:00 a.m. the day of pick-up. Questions may be directed to the Sanitation Department at (319) 291-4455.

Posted On November 3, 2015

The City of Waterloo, acting through its Community Development Board, is now accepting proposals for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Program funds for FY2017. Written proposals must be submitted to Rudy D. Jones, Community Development Director, Waterloo Community Development Board, 620 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703, using the required application form and received no later than 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on December 31, 2015.

A public information forum will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Center for the Arts, (Law Court Theater), 225 Commercial Street, Waterloo, Iowa to discuss the CDBG and HOME Programs and answer questions regarding the application process. A public hearing will be held on January 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to receive additional comments for the proposed One-Year Consolidated Plan.

Block Grant and HOME Program funds are made available to the City of Waterloo by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These programs give priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income families, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, meet other Community Development needs having a particular urgency, or provide affordable housing. Designated target areas will be given preference for the federal funds.

We strongly encourage citizen participation in this planning process. For more details contact the Community Development office at 319-291-4429.

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Posted On October 21, 2015

Rental unit registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2016 are due by November 1, 2015. The fee for registration is $25.00 per rental unit. The fee will double to $50.00 per rental unit on January 1, 2016 for failure to timely register. To make the process more convenient for you, we have new methods for registering and paying online by check, cash, or credit card. Please see the links below for more information on how to register and pay online. Paper forms can be picked up at the City Clerk’s office on the first floor of City Hall or on the forms page of the website.
Click here to view the rental registration letter.
Click here to view instructions for registering and paying online.
Click here to access the online registration and payment website.

Posted On July 6, 2015

The City of Waterloo is committed to providing safe, cost-effective wastewater service to commercial and residential customers within our city. We are equally dedicated to operating our wastewater system in an environmentally responsible manner. On November 24, 2014 the City of Waterloo adopted an ordinance to regulate Fats, Oils and Greases discharged by Food Service Establishments (FSE) as a result of EPA mandates. The purpose of this ordinance is to aid in the prevention of sanitary sewer blockages and obstructions from contribution and accumulation of fat, oil and grease (FOG) into the publicly owned treatment works. Such discharges from commercial kitchens, restaurants, food processing facilities and all other establishments where FOG are discharged can contribute to line blockages and/or spills.

The City of Waterloo is now developing a FOG program designed to educate these establishments in Best Management Practices (BMP) to include requirements for procedures and practices that reduce the discharge of FOG from establishments into the sanitary sewer system. This program will include inspections of establishments, to include their grease traps or interceptors, as well as maintenance logs for these devices.

Please contact the Waste Management Services Department at 291-4553 with questions. The City of Waterloo appreciates your cooperation in making our city safe for the public and our environment.

FOG Information:

Ordinance 5256 (pdf)
Contact Information (pdf)
Maintenance Log (pdf)
Understanding grease removal and the 25% rule (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Best Management Practices (pdf)
Best Management Practices Poster (pdf)
Food Service Establishment Inspection Sheet (pdf)

Posted On January 29, 2015


The City of Waterloo has moved its Sanitation Department administrative operations from the Waste Management Services offices on Easton Avenue to the Public Works facility located at 625 Glenwood Street.

Customers with any questions regarding garbage collection, recycling, yard waste or the scheduling of bulk item pick-ups should contact the Sanitation Department at 291-4455 or visit the Public Works facility.

All Sanitation Department functions previously coordinated at Waste Management Services are now being administered from the Glenwood Street location. Hours of operation at Public Works are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Posted On December 29, 2014

The Waterloo Building Inspection Department offers Residential Contractor Exams for those who want to become a licensed contractor with the City of Waterloo.

Available Exam Dates for 2015 are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 17, 2015
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015
  • Saturday, August 15, 2015
  • Saturday, September 19, 2015
  • Saturday, October 17, 2015
  • Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • Saturday, December 19, 2015
Exam times will be 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will be given in the Mollenhoff Room – 2nd Floor – City Hall


Residential Contractor Exam Resources
Procedure for Licensed Residential Contractor (pdf) | Residential Testing Requirements and Application (pdf)

Posted On December 18, 2015

Check out 2015's yardwaste & recycle schedule

Posted On July 15, 2014

Landlord Rental Information

Posted On May 29, 2014

The City is serious about getting rid of graffiti. Please report graffiti as soon as you see it. The sooner we are able to respond and remove graffiti, the more our community will send a message that we will not tolerate graffiti in our City.
Graffiti complaint number 319-291-3820.

Posted On October 21, 2013

The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control has awarded the City of Waterloo additional funding to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in the homes of eligible Waterloo residents. This program is administered through the Community Development office in conjunction with the single-family, owner-occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Currently, the City of Waterloo is accepting calls from homeowners who may be eligible for assistance. If you believe lead-based paint could be a hazard to your family, you are encouraged to apply for assistance.

Qualifications include:

  • the home must be located within the city limits of Waterloo
  • dwelling must be owner-occupied, and built before 1978
  • there must be children living in the home, age five years or younger, and
  • owner/occupants must meet income eligibility requirements listed below

1 $2,937.50 $35,250.00
2 $3,354.17 $40,250.00
3 $3,775.00 $45,300.00
4 $4,191.67 $50,300.00
5 $4,529.17 $54,350.00
6 $4,862.50 $58,350.00
7 $5,200.00 $62,400.00
8 $5,533.33 $66,400.00
9 $5,693.33 $68,320.00
10 $6,018.67 $72,224.00

Please contact the Waterloo Community Development office at 291-4429 if you are concerned with lead-hazards in your home. Staff will be available to review your qualifications and determine whether your name can be placed on the waiting list for assistance.