Posted On November 28, 2016

The City of Waterloo’s Yard Waste Site will close for the winter season on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. Also, it should be noted that if weather permits, the site will temporarily re-open December 10th and 11th, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To confirm whether this takes place, please check the Sanitation Department’s Facebook page:

Questions may be directed to the Sanitation Department at (319) 291-4455.

Posted On November 7, 2016

Due to daylight savings time the new hours of operation of the City of Waterloo’s Compost Facility, located at 2749 Independence Ave, will be 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. until the facility closes for the winter on December 1, 2016.

Posted On November 1, 2016

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 FY2018. 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 30, 2016.

A public information forum will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Waterloo 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 10, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. to receive additional comments for the proposed One-Year Action 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.

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

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 December 17, 2015

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 2016 are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016
  • Saturday, August 20, 2016
  • Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
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 16, 2015

Check out 2016's yardwaste & recycle schedule

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.