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City utility bills are mailed on the last business day of the month. Payment is due on the 15th of the month.
For the purposes of automated pick-up of solid waste the Central Business District was defined as: 800-1000 blocks of Main Street, 800 block of Commercial Street, 800-1000 blocks of Broad Street, 700-800 blocks of 4th Avenue, and 700-800 blocks of 5th Avenue.
Residences and businesses in the Central Business District that currently have curbside collection will continue to have curbside collection of trash with purchase of stickers required.
It is recommended you have your trash in a bag or multiple bags inside your cart in order to keep it clean but you will no longer have to purchase yellow city bags or city stickers.
No. A recycling drop-off center is located at the public service building (1411 1st Avenue). Those that are not able or do not wish to haul their recyclables to the drop-off center should place that material in their cart with their other trash.
Monthly rates are set by the city council and can be found on the sanitation rates web page.
Yes. Arrangements for a special pick-up or pick-up of a large item can be made by calling Public Services at 641-236-2632.
If there are weeks when your trash will not fit in the cart you will need to purchase a sticker and bring your bag to the public service building for disposal in the appropriate dumpster. If your trash will not fit in the cart on a regular basis you may want to consider purchase of a larger cart. Contact public services at 641-236-2632 to discuss changing sizes. Replacement or additional carts will cost $50.00.
Replacement carts can be obtained by contacting public services at 641-236-2632. Replacement or additional carts will cost $50.00.
Yes. Carts will be required at each property with a water meter in place. The cart stays with the property and will be used by the next occupant of the home.
Homes that are vacant for three months or more can request reimbursement on their solid waste charges. Information on sanitation reimbursement can be found on the solid waste web page.
If you move the cart should stay with the house. Your new home, if in Grinnell, should already have a cart. If you prefer a different size cart at your new home, contact the Public Service department at 641-236-2632 to discuss changing sizes.
For homes without a level surface at the curb, the cart will need to be placed in the street.
Yes, as long as it has a yellow sticker or is in a yellow city bag.
The city of Grinnell is currently under the following building codes:
Yes, a rental inspection program was approved by ordinance dated 5/20/2019. It requires all rental properties used for residential purposes, including hotels and motels, to be registered with the city and be inspected on a one to three year schedule. For more questions or to set up an inspection contact the Building & Planning department at 641-236-2600.
If a currently paved driveway is being replaced or repaired without increasing in size, no permit is needed. If a dirt or gravel driveway is being paved or a paved driveway will increase in size, a permit is needed. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Mechanical permits are required for the new installation or replacement of existing mechanical equipment including central air conditioners, furnaces, air handlers, mini-split systems, and any other types of equipment. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
The City of Grinnell requires an electrical permit for work that is outside of the electrical panel. If work is to be done which includes the addition of a new circuit to a breaker, the State of Iowa requires a permit to be obtained and the state will also complete the inspection. For work that includes working inside the panel, please contact Tim Shaw at 515-205-8815 to both obtain a permit and schedule an inspection. If you are unsure if you need a permit from the City of Grinnell contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Plumbing permits are required for the new installation or replacement of existing plumbing equipment including water heaters & supply, drain, and vent lines. Fixtures such as toilets, faucets, and shower heads do not require a permit as long as the work being completed does not interfere with the existing valve; if a new valve is to be installed, a permit will need to be obtained and test shall be completed. If you are unsure if you need a permit contact the Building & Planning Department at 641-236-2600.
Permit fees are based on the valuation of the work performed, including both materials and labor. If labor is at no cost, the permit fee is based on the material cost times two. Permit fees include all normal plan reviews and inspections. Beginning July 1, 2018 a number of items are charged a flat rate regardless of the valuation of the work completed.
No. All open burning is prohibited in the city of Grinnell. Recreational fires for cooking, heating, recreation, and ceremonies are allowed. For a full list of exceptions see City Code, Chapter 156 or the Burning Ordinance webpage.
Household hazardous wastes have been exempt from some of the federal regulations that govern hazardous wastes from businesses. The standards also vary for businesses that regularly generate only a little hazardous waste and those that regularly generate a lot. Basically the rules get more stringent as the generator gets larger, which makes sense. But there are rules at all levels.
You can reserve a park shelter by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department office at 1500 Penrose Street or by going to our recreation activity website. Any questions can be directed to the Parks and Recreation Department by calling 641-236-2620.
No, Little League Baseball and Softball is coordinated by the Grinnell Youth Baseball & Softball Association (GYBSA).
Iowa driving records are maintained by the Iowa Department of Transportation. To obtain a certified copy of your driving record (fee $5.50), contact the Iowa Department of Transportation at (800) 532-1121 or (515) 244-9124.
Yes, it is possible to have criminal background checks done on employees; however the Grinnell Police Department cannot share criminal history information. If you or your business needs criminal background checks, state law allows only the Division of Criminal Investigation to process checks. The Division of Criminal Investigation is based out of the Wallace Building at the State Capitol.
Medications should not be disposed of with regular solid waste. A prescription drug drop box is available in the lobby of the Public Safety building (1020 Spring Street). (Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Public Safety Building is not open to the public and the drop box is currently unavailable to the public. Local pharmacies may provide this service.)
Commercial (Business) customers should contact the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency at 641-828-8545 ext. 2 to discuss options for Sharps disposal. Preparation
The Recycling Center is located at the Public Service building 1411 1st Avenue. See the recycling web page for a list of acceptable items and unacceptable items.
$1.30 stickers are available at the following locations: Fareway, Hy-Vee, McNally’s Super Valu, Paul’s Ace Hardware, Theisens, Public Service Department, and the City Office. Yellow bags (while supplies last) are available at McNally’s, Public Service Department, and the City Office. (Yellow bags or stickers are not needed if your trash is picked up in a brown rolling trash cart.)
If you have a newer gallon meter there is a leak detector on the meter. It is a red triangle in the center of the top of the meter. It should not be turning unless someone or something is using water at the time. If it is indicating usage when there shouldn't be any, you should contact your plumber to determine the source of the leak.