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Development Services

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

Phone: 319-286-5780

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

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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.

Fact Sheet - Tree Debris Removal
HOA Right of Entry and Indemnification Agreement
NON-HOA Private Residential Street Right of Entry and Indemnification Agreement

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

COVID-19 Update

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.

The following documents will assist you in registering on the Citizen Access Portal and submitting plans.

Register for access to the Citizen Access Portal
Submitting Plans on the Citizen Access Portal

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
FTP Site Link - This link provides a way for customers to access files too large to receive via e-mail. Type in the word "public" for both the Account and Password.

Related Documents
2020 Project Submittal Schedule
Will My Plans Require a Demolition Review?
Future Land Use Map
Frequently Asked Questions for Locating Property Lines

Transferring Private Infrastructure to the City
Guidance Document
Application Form

Resources for Site Designers
Agreement for Private Sanitary Sewer Main and Facilities
Agreement for Private Stormwater Management
Agreement for Private Water Main Facilities
Agreement for Public Water Main Facilities on Private Property
Flowchart for Determining Erosion and Sedimentation Control Requirements
Flowchart for Determining Stormwater Detention Requirements
Flowchart for Determining Stormwater Quality Requirements
Lift Station Design Guidelines
Sidewalk Installation Policy
SUDAS Based Drainage Report Template
SUDAS Standard Plan Notes 10-23-20
Traffic Impact STATEMENT Template (for peak trips <100vph)
Traffic Impact ANALYSIS Template (for peak trips >100vph)
Why Five Foot Sidewalks?

New Developments
Development Services Commercial Site Plans Received

Major Projects
Cargill Railyard
Wexford West

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