Important City Information

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Snow Removal: Property owners are expected to remove snow, ice and accumulations from sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of a weather event. The City will issue fines beginning at $50 for those in violation of the snow removal ordinance.

Snow Emergency Parking Ban: If snow accumulation is forecast, the City’s snow ordinance and parking ban will go into effect. Public street parking is not permitted during the ban. Those in violation are subject to a $25 fine and/or towing.

Lawn and Weed Maintenance: Lawns and weeds should not be allowed to grow more than 8 inches on developed property and 10 inches on undeveloped property, according to the City’s property maintenance code. Violations will result in a $100 fine or the cost of City-hired maintenance, whichever is greater. 

Fire Pits: The City allows residents to maintain a fire with untreated wood for recreational, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. Burning rubbish/refuse which includes yard waste, tires, garbage or plastics is not permitted.

Garbage and Recycling 

Curbside solid waste and recycling pick-up both occur weekly in the City of Waukee at 7 a.m. or later. If you are moving into a newly constructed home, your containers will be delivered to you within five business days. If you are moving into an existing home, the containers should be left for you by the previous homeowner. Call 515-964-5229 with questions.

The number of items you may set out is not limited. If you have more than will fit into the receptacle, you may bag it and place it alongside. There are special requirements for appliances, furniture and other bulky items.

Spring Clean-Up Week is held in late April/ early May for free, curbside disposal of large items. The first Saturday in May, the City will designate drop-off sites for hazardous materials, appliances and tires as well.

Curbside yard waste pick-up occurs every Monday beginning at 7 a.m. from April through November.

Irrigation Meters

The City of Waukee offers two types of irrigation meters for purchase. The benefit of purchasing a meter for irrigation purposes such as watering the lawn/sod or filling a pool is that you do not pay sewer charges on water readings by the separate irrigation meter.

1) A portable irrigation meter that attaches to a 5/8” garden hose can be purchased for $125 in the Utility Billing Office located at 230 W. Hickman Road.

2) A permanent in-house irrigation meter can be installed by the Water Department after a plumber has appropriately diverted the plumbing. The typical use for this meter is if you have an underground irrigation system. Contact the Public Works Department at 515-978-7920. The charge for this meter is $314.18.

Building Permits

Building permits are needed for new construction, renovations, fences, pools, etc. Please visit for the complete list of permits and applications. You may also visit the Development Services Department at 204 W. Hickman Road (behind City Hall) or call 515-978-9533 for more information.

Report a Concern

The City of Waukee’s “Report a Concern” form at will help City staff identify issues and address them quickly. Please submit non-urgent concerns and complaints such as potholes or property maintenance at that link.

Problems that require urgent attention should be directed to the appropriate departments during normal business hours. Please see the list of City department phone numbers. For barking dogs and noise disturbances, call 515-222-3321.

For power and streetlight outages, please call 1-888-427-5632 or visit For Public Works emergencies such as gas leaks or water main breaks on weekends and after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, call 515-249-1212.

For a Police or Fire emergency, dial 911.

Local Businesses

Waukee has a vibrant and growing business community. For information on childcare providers, dining establishments, banks, grocery stores and more, please visit or call 515-978-7115 to request a Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory.

Elected Officials and Volunteer Boards

The five-member Waukee City Council, led by Mayor Courtney Clarke, meets at Waukee City Hall every first and third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The City also has several established boards and commissions that serve to advance the Waukee Public Library, parks, planning and zoning, and more. Visit