Development Services Department
The Development Services Department has a variety of responsibilities all related to the development, improvement, and maintenance of real property in Oskaloosa. Development Services staff oversee:
- Building permits and inspections
- Rental housing registration and inspections
- Land use planning
- Zoning administration
- Historic preservation
- Site plan review
- Property disposition
Related to these responsibilities, Development Services staff also provide staff support to the City Council and the following boards and commissions:
- Why did the city adopt the vacant buildings code?
To ensure a safe and desirable community. Feedback from recent outreach efforts and surveys indicated repeat concerns with empty, underutilized buildings and buildings in poor condition. Studies also indicate a strong need for more housing. Oskaloosa’s comprehensive plan includes a vision to improve quality of life, with goals for quality neighborhoods and a range of housing types, encouraging reinvestment and enhancement, conservation rather than demolition, and improving safety. One of the adopted action steps is to create a vacant building registry with inspection procedures. This will help the city ensure buildings are safe, secure, and maintained with no code violations or illicit activity.
- Do I need to register my building?
Only buildings which are or become vacant, partially vacant, or unoccupied must register for this program.
- How much does this cost?
The registration fee is $100 per building per year. This is the estimated annual cost for administration and inspection. If there is more than one vacant building on a single property this fee will cover all buildings at the same property address.