Code Enforcement Division Frequently Asked Questions
Code Enforcement Process
The Code Enforcement policy is to achieve voluntary compliance with reported and verified code violations. However, not all violations have an equal degree of severity, or circumstances. As such, through this manual, the Cedar Rapids Housing and Nuisance Division establishes priority ranking and procedures. The intent is to allow the level of enforcement that best fits the type and circumstance of the code violation(s), and maximize available resources.
For detailed information on how to obtain a Landlord Business Permit, register a rental property, and complete rental business training, visit the Rental Housing webpage.
The Rental Housing Program is part of the Code Enforcement Division in the Building Services Department. The office is located at the City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW. Rental Housing Inspectors are responsible for inspections of all residential rental properties within the City of Cedar Rapids as well as investigating rental property complaints.
The City of Cedar Rapids currently requires landlords to pay an annual Rental Unit Registration fee which helps cover approximately 50 percent of regular rental inspections and program costs. Cedar Rapids has one of the lowest fee requirements in the state for rental housing programs.
There is an initial fee to obtain a Landlord Business Permit, complete Rental Business Training, and register a rental property.
A detailed listing of fees is listed on the Rental Housing Fees webpage.
To check whether a specific address is registered as a rental property and the scheduled inspection date, please visit the Registered Rental Properties database.
Sign and date the letter. Make two copies, giving the original to management or owner. Landlord/manager has 14 calendar days to let you know what their plan of action will be or make repairs. If requests have not been completed in 14 days, send one of the copies to the Building Services Department at 500 15th Avenue SW and keep the second copy for your own record.
To file a complaint if you haven't received a response in 14 days from the owner, please use the MyCR portal to submit the complaint, which will be forwarded to a rental housing inspector.
You may visit the Building Services Department at the City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW, to obtain a Permission to Enter. Our staff will need to know who will be entering and for what purpose. A Permission to Enter gives the owner of the placarded property and those who are listed on the Permission to Enter the ability to be on the premises and/or in the structure(s) to correct the violation(s).
Access to a placarded property is allowed only with written approval from the code official in the form of a Permission to Enter. When approved persons access the placarded property, those persons shall have the code official's full written approval available at the placarded property for inspection by any code official or police officer.
The owner or owner's authorized agent will be required to submit a $300 Vacant and Neglected Property Registration and provide an abatement plan for correcting violations within one year.
Vacant & Neglected Buildings are Defined as: Any building or portion of a building which meets any one or more of the following conditions for more than 180 calendar days in any given year: unoccupied and unsecured, unoccupied and secured by boarding or by means other than those used in the design of the building, unoccupied and has housing and/or building code violations, unoccupied and unfit for occupancy, or unoccupied and declared dangerous or unsafe under the Housing & Property Maintenance Code.
To register a Vacant and Neglected Building, see the Property Maintenance/Code Enforcement webpage.