Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Maximum Tax Levy

The City of Oelwein will hold a Public Hearing on Proposed Property Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the Oelwein Community Plaza.  More information on the levy can be found here.

2021 Rental Registration Deadline Approaches

The annual rental property registration season has arrived. Like last year, single family homes are $85, and buildings with multiple units are $85 per building plus $25 for each additional unit. For example, a triplex is $135 ($85+25+25) to register. All rental properties must be registered, even if only occupied for part of a year.

The annual deadline to renew or register all rental properties is March 1st, 2021. Failure to do so will result in a late fee of $10 per day, up to $300, per property. Even if your property has already passed rental inspection and is compliant, registration is still required.

To register your rentals, you may go to the City website at: http://www.cityofoelwein.org/departments/communitydevelopment-department.html and follow the bright yellow “register” link. The Rental Housing and Maintenance Guide can
be found below the yellow link as a series of 5 PDF documents. Those documents explain the Rental Registration program and what the inspectors will be looking for during inspection. This guide is also available upon request as a bound copy at Oelwein City Hall. If you have further questions, please call us at 319-283-5862 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Downtown Improvement Program

The City of Oelwein has developed a program using Tax Increment Financing money to provide for forgivable loans for improvments and business development in the downtown area.  Funding eligibility will be ranked on renovation, reconstruction, updating, maintenance, facade improvement and upper story housing.


A public meeting will be held February 15, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. at the Community Plaza to review the program and answer any questions.  Check here to review the full program details


2021 Garbage/Recycling Pickup Schedule

Black Hawk Waste has released their 2021 schedule for garbage and recycling collection. Check here for your scheduled collection dates.  
Due to automation of pickup, containers must be placed curbside with a 4' clearance on each side with the lid closed.

City of Oewlein Home Rehabilitation Program

The City of Oelwein’s Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program has been established to provide
resources to improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes through providing low
interest loans to low- and moderate-income residents to complete rehabilitation projects on their homes.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is responsible for administering the program
on behalf of the City of Oelwein.

Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria may apply for funds to finance property improvements that
substantially improve the livability and/or protect the structural integrity of the home. The minimum loan
amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. The fully amortized loan term under the program
for all loans will equal 10 years. Loan interest rates will range from 1 to 4% and determined based on the
applicant’s family income as compared to the median family income for Fayette County.

**The application packet can be downloaded here.**

Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551.

Interested parties should contact Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

Community Comment at City Council Meetings

The city will continue to take public comment at City Council meetings, with a new format due to electronic meetings. The city is requesting that community members that would like to use the community comment email the city and fill out the provided form. Providing notice to the city allows for staff to prepare for community comments and provides time for community members to be heard.


Community members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All meeting information can be found on the city’s website under agendas and minutes. A three minute time slot will be allotted to each community member who provides a request for public comment 24 hours in advance of a city council meeting.

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

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