Posted On December 28, 2016

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 2017 are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017

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 19, 2015

Check out 2017's yardwaste & recycle schedule

Posted On December 14, 2016

City of Waterloo Sanitation Department will once again provide free curbside collection of “real” Christmas trees on normal garbage route days starting Tuesday, January 10th through Friday, January 20th. Please place trees clear of garbage cans to eliminate interference with garbage can pick-up.

Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half. Trees SHOULD NOT be wrapped in plastic bags, contain any metal, wire, plastic, decorations or bases. Flocked trees, artificial trees, trees with decorations/lights/garland will not be collected. Wreaths and other manufactured products containing wire should be disposed of through regular garbage service.

If you have any further questions please call 291-4455.

Posted On December 12, 2016

The City of Waterloo 2017 dog and cat licenses and Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park passes are now available in the City Clerk’s office, 715 Mulberry St., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pet owners may also purchase dog or cat licenses from Waterloo Animal Control officers, at the Cedar Bend Humane Society or by mail.

The following applies to both dogs and cats:

  1. A valid rabies vaccination certificate must be presented. Owners should check with their veterinarian to determine if the vaccination is valid for the current year.
  2. Proof of spaying/neutering from veterinarian must be presented.

The fee schedule is as follows:

January 1 – March 31 April 1 – December 31
Altered $5.00 $10.00
Unaltered $25.00 $50.00

The 2017 passes for the Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park are also available from the City Clerk’s office. The annual fee is $15.00 and includes the dog tag for Park use.

You may license your dog or cat by mailing in your valid rabies certificate and proof of spayed/neutering with the applicable amount owed plus an additional $1.00 postage and handling fee to the City Clerk, 715 Mulberry St., Waterloo, IA 50703. Include the amount for the Dog Park pass with your payment, if desired. Rabies and proof of spaying/neutering certificates will be returned with the appropriate license(s) by return mail.

The City of Waterloo thanks citizens and patrons of our downtown area for their cooperation, patience and understanding as crews continue to clear streets from this most recent snowfall.

Posted On December 7, 2016

The City of Waterloo’s yard waste disposal site is now closed for the winter season. It will re-open, weather permitting, April 1st. Questions may be directed to the Sanitation Department at (319) 291-4455.

Posted On October 5, 2016

Rental Unit Registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2017, are due by November 1, 2016. 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 October 5, 2014

Landlord Rental Information

Posted On June 2, 2016

Our first traffic safety video is being aired on local TV and movie theaters. Thanks to Hellman, our public relations agency, Allen Hospital and KWWL TV.

Posted On May 26, 2016

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Waterloo by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Also, an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to Michelle Weidner, CPA, and Chief Financial Officer for the City of Waterloo.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence has been has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the comprehensive annual financial report.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC.

Posted On April 22, 2016

The City of Waterloo Sanitation Department will implement One-Side Garbage Collection effective May 1, 2016. This pilot program currently will only affect those customers living on dead-end streets. All customers affected have been notified by letter explaining this change. The intent is not to inconvenience customers, but rather to improve efficiency and reduce the required number of passes down each of these streets. This improves safety for all citizens on these streets and reduces both maintenance and fuel expenses.

It is our hope that residents/neighbors and their associations might work together to assist those who may have difficulties in making these changes.

This pilot program is scheduled to run May 1, 2016 through October 30, 2016, at which time its effectiveness will be measured. Public comments are always welcome and encouraged. Please contact the Sanitation Department at 291-4455.

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 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.