Posted On October 20, 2016

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the City of Waterloo will start the deflation of its downtown dam on the Cedar River. This should be completed Friday, October 28th. The river level upstream from the dam will be shallower and boaters should take notice.

On the 28th and 29th, the Cedar Valley Paddlers will be moving mussels to deeper water due to the lower river levels. Questions should be directed to Jamie Knutson in the City Engineer’s office, (319) 291-4312.

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 September 15, 2016

Access from Iowa 21 to Shaulis Road east and west of Iowa 21 in Waterloo to close beginning Sept. 16 #iatraffic

Construction work for adding paved turn lanes and signals at the intersection of Iowa 21 and Shaulis Road in Waterloo will require closing and detouring traffic beginning Friday, Sept. 16, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office.

Traffic impact

• Sept. 16: Shaulis Road traffic will be detoured around the work zone by traveling from the intersection of Shaulis Road and Kimball Avenue, south on Kimball Avenue to Orange Road, east on Orange Road to Hammond Avenue, then back north on Hammond Avenue to Shaulis Road. Access from Iowa 21 to Shaulis Road west of Iowa 21 will be closed until late October.

• At the end of September: Access from Iowa 21 to Shaulis Road east of Iowa 21 will also be closed, utilizing the same detour, until late October.

Posted On September 14, 2016

Halloween Trick or Treat hours have been set for Monday, October 31, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.

The motoring public is asked to drive with caution due to increased pedestrian activity.

Posted On September 13, 2016

Effective 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016, the Easton Ave. Yard Waste Facility will permanently close. It will re-open 8:00 a.m. Sunday, September 18th at its new location at 2749 Independence Avenue. Also, the Easton Ave. recycling containers have been relocated to the northeast corner of W. 11th and Black Hawk St., adjacent to the fueling station. Questions should be directed to the Sanitation Department @ 291-4455.

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 May 4, 2016

The City of Waterloo yard waste drop-off site will be adjusting their hours of operation. The current hours of 7am – 7pm will be changed to 8am-8pm, 7 days per week, effective Monday, May 9, 2016. These hours will be in effect until Labor Day (September 5th) at which point the hours will reverse back to 7am – 7pm. Citizens are reminded that this site is a service provided for City of Waterloo residents only. Questions should be directed to the Sanitation Department at 291-4455.

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 December 2, 2015

The Health Department needs your help. Please take a short survey to help identify priority health needs in our community
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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.