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Development Services

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Contact Information

City Services Center
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Phone: 319-286-5780
developmentservices@cedar-rapids.org

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

 

Welcome to Development Services

Development Services Division reviews and facilitates all land development in the City of Cedar Rapids.  We provide case management for projects beginning with the developer’s concept and ending with completion and occupancy of the development. 

Construction plans and zoning requests are reviewed to assure compliance with the City’s ordinances and standards.  Civil engineering, traffic engineering, fire prevention, electrical, architectural, structural and plumbing/mechanical and zoning reviews are all part of the review process.

Development Services administers the review process of the following:

Annexations for incorporating your property into the community
Preliminary Plats for subdividing your land
Conditional Uses for expanded uses of your property
New Subdivision Infrastructure Review including Public Improvements
Rezonings/Future Land Use Map Amendments for changing the permitted uses of your property
Major Design Exceptions/Minor Design Adjustments to alter dimensional requirements of the Zoning code
Administrative Site Development Plans for planning your site
Pre-Applications/Concept Plans for input from the City before you plan 
Final Plat and Plat of Survey Approvals
Special Uses for Beekeeping, Accessory Dwelling Units, Home Occupations, Group Day Care Homes, and Urban Agriculture

Zoning
On January 1, 2019, Cedar Rapids' new Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 32 of the Municipal Code, went into effect. For more information on the Zoning Ordinance, click here

The City of Cedar Rapids encourages customers to use the new Citizen Access Portal site so that City staff can accept, review and approve land development plans electronically, saving you time and money.
Citizen Access Portal

Related Links

Board of Adjustment
Zoning Advisory Group
Building Services Division
Community Development & Planning
Economic Development Services
SUDAS - Statewide Urban Design and Specifications
Subdivision Ordinance - Chapter 31
Zoning Ordinance - Chapter 32 
Surveillance Camera Ordinance and Fact Sheet

Related Documents
2019 Project Submittal Schedule
2019 LAND DEVELOPMENT and ZONING FEE SCHEDULE
Will My Plans Require a Demolition Review?
Future Land Use Map
Frequently Asked Questions for Locating Property Lines

New Developments
Development Services Commercial Site Plans Received

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