Accessory Buildings (Detached Sheds and Garages)
Q: What are the requirements for building an accessory building?A: Common accessory buildings include sheds and detached garages. Accessory buildings over 120 square feet (10'x12') require a building permit. Click here to download a residential building permit packet, or contact the Zoning Office at 641-754-5756. For specific information contact the Zoning Office.
Q: When is a building permit required?
Q: What are the setbacks for commercial and industrial districts?A: Marshalltown has eight commercial districts, TN, NC, CC, OP, GC, RC, PC, and CBD. Marshalltown also has two industrial districts, M-1, and M-2. To verify what the zoning classification of a partiulcar property is, contact the Zoning Office. A setback is the distance from the property line to the structure. All commercial and industrial districts have front, side, and rear yard setbacks. Corner lots may have additional setback requirements.
Q: What are the requirements for driveways and driveway extensions?
Q: What are the requirements regarding fences?A: A fence does not require a permit, however there are height and material restrictions. For residential districts a fence in the front yard cannot exceed four (4) in height. A fence in the side or rear yard cannot exceed six (6) feet in height. Fences in commercial and industrial districts cannot exceed eight (8) feet in height west of 18th Avenue or ten (10) feet in height east of 18th Avenue. There are additional regulations for corner lots. lease contact the Zoning Office at 641-754-5756 for more information. You contact "One Call" at 811to locate underground utilities before commencing construction. Residential fences must be constructed of materials originally made for fences. This includes treated wood, vinyl, wrought iron, brick, etc. The flat side of any new fence must face outward.
Q: What are the setbacks for residential districts?A: Marshalltown has six solely residential districts, R-1, R-2, R-2A, R-3, R-4, and R-5. To verify what the zoning classification of a particular property is, contact the Zoning Office. A setback is the distance from the property line to the structure. All residential districts have front, side, and rear yard setbacks. Corner lots may have additional setback requirements.
Condos vs. Townhomes
Q: What is the difference between a condo, townhome, and apartment?A: Please click here for a PDF document explaining the differences under City ordinance.
Q: What are the requirements for putting up a sign at my business?A: Marshalltown regulates all signs within the City. Almost all signs require a Sign Permit. Signs in the Historic District have additional design guidelines . Click here for a sign permit application.