Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Open Burning

burning leavesFire Chief Mike Hillman has announced the open burning dates for the City of Oelwein have been scheduled to begin Friday, October 22, 2021, and continue through November 27, 2021. This time period is set aside for the open burning of natural yard waste, limbs, leaves, etc., on the property in which it grew. Care should always be taken that you have a hose set up by the fire. Windy days must be avoided. Also, remember it is never legal to burn furniture, garbage, building material or plastic.

Viaduct is OPEN 10/18/21

****The Viaduct is now open for travel. 


Thank you!




Monday - October 18, 2021


The Viaduct will be closed for seal coating. (Weather permitting.)


On West Charles (west of Viaduct) to 13th Ave. SW.


From 9:00 am until done. Thank you for your patience.


Public Works Department

Yard Waste site - OPEN

The Yard Waste site is currently back open for yard waste and storm debris drop off. 

Please discontinue using the 4th st. lot. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Public Works Department

Building Inspector Wanted

The City of Oelwein is hiring a Building Inspector to work in the Community Development Department. The ideal candidate will be someone with a great attitude that wants to be part of positive change in Oelwein.

This position would work on the following in the Community Development Department:

• Rental Inspection
• Building Permits
• Building Inspections
• Nuisance Abatement
• Building Code Enforcement
• Flood Zone Management
• Planning and Zoning
• Board of Appeals
• Board of Adjustment

While the city is interested in a certified Building Inspector, other candidates may apply. Contractors and tradesmen who are excited to work with a great team and have a positive work history are encouraged to apply. Good candidates will have a background in building and trades, are able to obtain licenses and certification in the state of Iowa and are comfortable with technology.

The City will train the ideal candidate to be successful and will allow for materials and study time for all certifications. The candidate will enjoy working in a small town and working with the public daily.

Pay is dependent of qualifications with a range of $45,000-$47,000. Excellent health benefits and Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).

Applications can be picked up at City Hall or online at www.cityofoelwein.org. All applications must be submitted to Oelwein City Hall. All questions can be sent to Deputy Clerk Barb Rigdon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Position is open until filled. Application link here.

Disaster Assistance Available

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

Contact Us

 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.