Posted On February 16, 2017

Waterloo’s three municipal golf courses—South Hills, Gates Park and Irv Warren Memorial—will open Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Courses will remain open for the 2017 golf season if weather and course conditions allow. This is the earliest opening to date.

Season passes are currently available at all three golf courses and at the Leisure Services offices at 1101 Campbell Ave., Waterloo. Complete information regarding Waterloo’s three Municipal Golf Courses is available at: or by phone at 291-4370.

Posted On February 13, 2017

The Community Development Board of the City of Waterloo, Iowa, will hold a public hearing on February 21, 2017 in the Harold E. Getty City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor City Hall, 715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa at 5:00 p.m.

Posted On February 13, 2017

The City of Waterloo has received notice from our recycle contractor that they will again be accepting material in time for the February recycle week, February 21-24. The City again apologizes for the disruption caused by this untimely event and looks forward to continued cooperation with our recycler.

Posted On January 19, 2017


WASHINGTON, DC. — Today The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the winners of the 2017 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards during the organization’s 85th Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity. Susan Neely, CEO of the American Beverage Association said, “The winning programs showcase the creativity and innovation of America’s mayors as well as their dedication to the health and wellness of their cities. This partnership exemplifies that by working together, government and industry can bring about real and lasting change to communities across the nation.”

Six U.S. cities were recognized for their mayoral-based initiatives:

    Large Cities
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Medium Cities
  • Columbia, SC
  • Gresham, OR
  • Small Cities
  • Huntington, WV
  • Waterloo, IA

“The health and welfare of our young people is always our Mayors’ top priority,” said Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and executive director. “From improving walkability in neighborhoods to bringing nutrition and cooking curricula into schools, Mayors across the country are designing innovative strategies to make sure our kids understand how to eat healthy and stay active and fit. And our partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America, over the past five years, has made a substantial investment in this effort, and been an incubator for the best of those strategies.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. The American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABHFA) seeks to make a significant contribution to the health of local communities, by providing grants to support charitable programs at community organizations that work to advance both the physical health of their local citizens and the environmental health of their communities.

Small City Award
1st Place ($100,000): City of Waterloo, IA – Mayor Quentin Hart)

Healthy H2O Loo is a multifaceted initiative including two existing programs: the Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Program at Covenant Clinic offering one-on-one consultation for families to receive education from a dietician. After that consultation, families receive free fruit and vegetable vouchers to be redeemed at local farmer’s markets; the second is the Cedar Valley Blue Zones Project, a community wide wellness program that helps schools and worksites focus on overall wellness. Healthy H2O Loo was established to create a unified and strategic approach to addressing childhood obesity and community wellness. The initiative aims to expand Covenant Clinic’s fruit and vegetable voucher program. Additional goals of the Healthy H2O Loo project are to help every Waterloo School reach Blue Zones Designation through nutrition education, movement breaks, school gardens and healthy snacks. This includes efforts with area Head Start programs to increase physical activity, education on eating healthy, as well as increasing access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables. Funding will be used to create a curriculum (using farm to school methodologies), and to develop school gardens at the sites. This initiative also aims to establish wellness policies to encourage healthy eating and physical fitness among young people, including a universal messaging campaign to make broad impact throughout the community.

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Posted On December 28, 2016

The Waterloo Building Inspection Department offers Residential Contractor Exams for those who want to become a licensed contractor with the City of Waterloo.

Available Exam Dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017

Exam times will be 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will be given in the Mollenhoff Room – 2nd Floor – City Hall


Residential Contractor Exam Resources
Procedure for Licensed Residential Contractor (pdf) | Residential Contractor Exam Application (pdf)

Posted On December 19, 2015

Check out 2017's yardwaste & recycle schedule

Posted On December 12, 2016

The City of Waterloo 2017 dog and cat licenses and Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park passes are now available in the City Clerk’s office, 715 Mulberry St., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pet owners may also purchase dog or cat licenses from Waterloo Animal Control officers, at the Cedar Bend Humane Society or by mail.

The following applies to both dogs and cats:

  1. A valid rabies vaccination certificate must be presented. Owners should check with their veterinarian to determine if the vaccination is valid for the current year.
  2. Proof of spaying/neutering from veterinarian must be presented.

The fee schedule is as follows:

January 1 – March 31 April 1 – December 31
Altered $5.00 $10.00
Unaltered $25.00 $50.00

The 2017 passes for the Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park are also available from the City Clerk’s office. The annual fee is $15.00 and includes the dog tag for Park use.

You may license your dog or cat by mailing in your valid rabies certificate and proof of spayed/neutering with the applicable amount owed plus an additional $1.00 postage and handling fee to the City Clerk, 715 Mulberry St., Waterloo, IA 50703. Include the amount for the Dog Park pass with your payment, if desired. Rabies and proof of spaying/neutering certificates will be returned with the appropriate license(s) by return mail.

The City of Waterloo thanks citizens and patrons of our downtown area for their cooperation, patience and understanding as crews continue to clear streets from this most recent snowfall.

Posted On December 7, 2016

The City of Waterloo’s yard waste disposal site is now closed for the winter season. It will re-open, weather permitting, April 1st. Questions may be directed to the Sanitation Department at (319) 291-4455.

Posted On October 5, 2016

Rental Unit Registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2017, are due by November 1, 2016. The fee for registration is $25.00 per rental unit. The fee will double to $50.00 per rental unit on January 1, 2016 for failure to timely register. To make the process more convenient for you, we have new methods for registering and paying online by check, cash, or credit card. Please see the links below for more information on how to register and pay online. Paper forms can be picked up at the City Clerk’s office on the first floor of City Hall or on the forms page of the website.
Click here to view the rental registration letter.
Click here to view instructions for registering and paying online.
Click here to access the online registration and payment website.

Posted On October 5, 2014

Landlord Rental Information

Posted On June 2, 2016

Our first traffic safety video is being aired on local TV and movie theaters. Thanks to Hellman, our public relations agency, Allen Hospital and KWWL TV.

Posted On May 26, 2016

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Waterloo by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Also, an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to Michelle Weidner, CPA, and Chief Financial Officer for the City of Waterloo.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence has been has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the comprehensive annual financial report.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC.

Posted On July 6, 2015

The City of Waterloo is committed to providing safe, cost-effective wastewater service to commercial and residential customers within our city. We are equally dedicated to operating our wastewater system in an environmentally responsible manner. On November 24, 2014 the City of Waterloo adopted an ordinance to regulate Fats, Oils and Greases discharged by Food Service Establishments (FSE) as a result of EPA mandates. The purpose of this ordinance is to aid in the prevention of sanitary sewer blockages and obstructions from contribution and accumulation of fat, oil and grease (FOG) into the publicly owned treatment works. Such discharges from commercial kitchens, restaurants, food processing facilities and all other establishments where FOG are discharged can contribute to line blockages and/or spills.

The City of Waterloo is now developing a FOG program designed to educate these establishments in Best Management Practices (BMP) to include requirements for procedures and practices that reduce the discharge of FOG from establishments into the sanitary sewer system. This program will include inspections of establishments, to include their grease traps or interceptors, as well as maintenance logs for these devices.

Please contact the Waste Management Services Department at 291-4553 with questions. The City of Waterloo appreciates your cooperation in making our city safe for the public and our environment.

FOG Information:

Ordinance 5256 (pdf)
Contact Information (pdf)
Maintenance Log (pdf)
Understanding grease removal and the 25% rule (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Best Management Practices (pdf)
Best Management Practices Poster (pdf)
Food Service Establishment Inspection Sheet (pdf)

Posted On January 29, 2015


The City of Waterloo has moved its Sanitation Department administrative operations from the Waste Management Services offices on Easton Avenue to the Public Works facility located at 625 Glenwood Street.

Customers with any questions regarding garbage collection, recycling, yard waste or the scheduling of bulk item pick-ups should contact the Sanitation Department at 291-4455 or visit the Public Works facility.

All Sanitation Department functions previously coordinated at Waste Management Services are now being administered from the Glenwood Street location. Hours of operation at Public Works are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Posted On May 29, 2014

The City is serious about getting rid of graffiti. Please report graffiti as soon as you see it. The sooner we are able to respond and remove graffiti, the more our community will send a message that we will not tolerate graffiti in our City.
Graffiti complaint number 319-291-3820.