Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

City Hall Open to the Public

City Hall is now open to the public with limited access.  Social distancing should be observed. 

Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

                                Wednesdays 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon

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.

Water Quality

The City is not experiencing any water related issues this morning.  Water is tested and monitored regularly.  Facebook posts are false.

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.