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The City does not locate property lines on private property. Please note: It is the property owner's responsibility to locate property lines and to check your abstract for easements and restrictive covenants. Here are two methods that may help you establish your property lines:
1.Locate the metal "pins" that designate the corners of your property. These "pins" may be iron pipes, iron rods or "T" bars and have a cap on them identifying the licensed surveyor who performed the survey. Sometimes they may be buried and can be located with a metal detector. A plat of your property will indicate the location of each pin (at the property corners) and lists the dimensions of all property lines. The recorded plat should be included in the abstract of your property. The Des Moines County Recorder's Office also has a copy of all recorded plats.
2.The only accurate way to establish or verify your property corners if you cannot find the original survey pins, is to obtain a survey from a licensed land surveyor. Names of licensed surveyors can be found under "surveyors-land" in the Yellow Pages of the phone book. Most licensed surveyors will provide an estimate for the cost of the survey.
Please note that there may be utility and access easements or private covenants that may impact the development of your property that will not be indicated on a survey plat. For information on underground utilities, call Iowa One-Call at 800-292-8989. If you have any questions regarding zoning and setback regulations, please contact the Development Department. Zoning Location.
Nuisance inspections operate on a complaint basis. Residents can call or email a Nuisance Inspector if they have questions or complaints regarding trash, tall grass, weeds, etc. Matt Amenell 319-753-8142 email@example.com Adam Nelson 319-753-8172 firstname.lastname@example.org