Code of Ordinances

City of Marengo's Code of Ordinances

"The Code of Ordinances of the City of Marengo, Iowa, 2006" make up the body of laws governing our city. Each chapter that makes up the complete code can be seen in the links below. If you have any questions regarding city code, please feel free to call City Hall at (319) 642-3232 or come visit us at 153 E. Main St. 


Complete Code Chapters

General Code Provisions

Chapter 1: Code of Ordinances

Chapter 2: Charter

Chapter 3: Municipal Infractions

Chapter 4: Scheduled Fines

Chapter 5: Operating Procedures

Chapter 6: City Elections

Chapter 7: Fiscal Management

Chapter 8: Industrial Property Tax Exemptions

Chapter 9: Urban Renewal

Chapter 10: Urban Renewal Revitalization


Administration, Boards, and Commissions

Chapter 15: Mayor

Chapter 16: Mayor Pro Tem

Chapter 17: Council

Chapter 18: City Clerk

Chapter 19: City Treasurer

Chapter 20: City Attorney

Chapter 21: City Administrator

Chapter 22: Library Board of Trustees

Chapter 23: Planning and Zoning Commission

Chapter 24: Recreation Commission

Chapter 25: Hospital Board


Police, Fire, and Emergencies

Chapter 30: Police Department

Chapter 35: Fire Department

Chapter 36: Hazardous Substance Spills


Public Offenses

Chapter 40: Public Peace

Chapter 41: Public Health and Safety

Chapter 42: Public and Private Property

Chapter 45: Alcohol Consumption and Intoxication

Chapter 46: Minors

Chapter 47: Park Regulations

Chapter 48: Noise


Nuisances and Animal Control

Chapter 50: Nuisance Abatement Procedure

Chapter 51: Junk and Junk Vehicles

Chapter 55: Animal Protection and Control

Chapter 56: Exotic Pets and Farm Animals

Chapter 57: Insect Spraying Services


Traffic and Vehicles

Chapter 60: Administration of Traffic Code

Chapter 61: Traffic Control Devices

Chapter 62: General Traffic Regulations

Chapter 63: Speed Regulations

Chapter 64: Turning Regulations

Chapter 65: Stop or Yield Required

Chapter 66: Load and Weight Restrictions

Chapter 67: Pedestrians

Chapter 68: One-way Traffic

Chapter 69: Parking Regulations

Chapter 70: Traffic Code Enforcement Procedures

Chapter 75: All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles

Chapter 76: Bicycle Regulations

Chapter 77: Operation of Off Road Vehicles And Golf Carts

Chapter 80: Abandoned Vehicles

Chapter 81: Railroad Regulations



Chapter 90: Water Service System

Chapter 91: Water Meters

Chapter 92: Water Rates


Sanitary Sewer

Chapter 95: Sanitary Sewer System

Chapter 96: Building Sewers and Connections

Chapter 97: Use of Public Sewers

Chapter 98: On-site Wastewater Systems

Chapter 99: Sewer Service Charges

Chapter 100: Storm Water Utility


Garbage and Solid Waste

Chapter 104: Municipal Compost Site and Yard Waste

Chapter 105: Solid Waste Control

Chapter 106: Collection of Solid Waste


Franchises and Other Services

Chapter 110: Natural Gas Franchise

Chapter 111: Electric Franchise

Chapter 112: Telephone Franchise

Chapter 113: Cable Television Franchise

Chapter 114: Cable Television Regulations

Chapter 115: Utility Franchises

Chapter 118: Cemetery


Regulation of Business and Vocations

Chapter 120: Liquor Licenses and Wine and Beer Permits

Chapter 121: Cigarette and Tobacco Permits

Chapter 122: Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchants

Chapter 123: House Movers


Streets and Sidewalks

Chapter 135: Street Use and Maintenance

Chapter 136: Sidewalk Regulations

Chapter 137: Vacation and Disposal of Streets

Chapter 138: Street Grades

Chapter 139: Naming of Streets

Chapter 140: Controlled Access Facilities

Chapter 141: Street Cuts and Standards


Building and Property Regulations

Chapter 145: Dangerous Buildings

Chapter 146: Manufactured and Mobile Homes

Chapter 147: Water Well Protection

Chapter 148: Shipping Containers

Chapter 150: Building Numbering

Chapter 151: Trees

Chapter 160: Flood Plain Regulations


Zoning and Subdivision

Chapter 165: Subdivision Regulations

Chapter 170: Zoning Regulations

Chapter 171: Zoning Alternative Energy

Zoning Ordinance Regulation Document

Zoning Map


Code of Ordinance's Frequently Asked Questions

I looked at some code sections and it appears there are pages missing between chapters. Could you explain?

The Code of Ordinances is created to govern the city. Over time, city councils decide they want to change or add new rules. When new sections or ordinances are added to the code, the chapter changes. If the change is long enough, it may change page numbers in the document. To leave room for these increases and new chapters, gaps in page numbers are left when the code was recodified. 


How does the Code of Ordinances change?

To change a City Ordinance (Code), the Council must set a date and time for a public hearing. Notice must be published in the local newspaper. A public hearing for the first reading of the proposed change is then held. This public hearing includes any council discussion and opportunity for public to provide feedback on the changes and is normally done at a regular city council meeting.

Changes to code are required to go through three readings unless Council votes to suspend the regular rules, at which time second and third readings may be waived. This has not historically been done by the City Council to provide citizens with plenty of opportunity to voice their opinion.