Public Works

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Real Estate Division
Public Works Department
500 15th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: 319-286-5777
Fax: 319-774-5653


Real Estate Division

The Real Estate Division is responsible for Acquisition, Right-of-Way Vacations (alleys and streets), Disposition of City-owned property, and Right-of-Way Permitting. 

Right-of-Way & Permitting
Right-of-Way (ROW) is a strip of land used primarily for vehicular and pedestrian passage. ROW includes the area between the sidewalk and the curb. Although this area is City-owned, it is maintained by the property owner. 

Obstruction of Street Permit
Obstruction of Street permits grants permission to an individual or a company to work from the public right of way with stationary equipment in areas such as streets, alleys, and sidewalks. Obstruction of Street permits can be used to close parking stalls, close travel lanes, or create obstructions for pedestrians and vehicles.

Property Acquisition
Acquiring property means the City will purchase a portion of private property from the property owner, (usually a strip of land) for additional right of way. The area would then belong to the City, not the property owner. Property acquisition would occur only when necessary after an extensive design and planning process helps determine if an acquisition is required.

Vacations & Dispositions
Adjacent property owners may desire to purchase adjoining right-of-way. The term "vacation" means the complete or partial abandonment or termination of the public right to use a street, highway, or public service easement. ... Most commonly, applicants request a vacation to allow greater development freedom for their property.

The term "disposition" (when used concerning a property) refers to the act of transferring or relinquishing property to another's care or possession, usually by deed or will.

Properties for Sale
Learn more about properties for sale and bid opening dates. 

For additional information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

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