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335.2 Farms exempt.
Except to the extent required to implement section 335.27, no ordinance adopted under this chapter applies to land, farm houses, farm barns, farm outbuildings or other buildings or structures which are primarily adapted, by reason of nature and area, for use for agricultural purposes, while so used. However, the ordinances may apply to any structure, building, dam, obstruction, deposit or excavation in or on the flood plains of any river or stream.
331.304.3.b Farms exempt.
A county building code shall not apply to farm houses or other farm buildings which are primarily adapted for use for agricultural purposes, while so used or under construction for that use.
Even though the State exempts farms from zoning and building regulations, it has provided few guidelines as to what should be considered a farm. In order to qualify under the agricultural exemption, it must be clearly demonstrated that the principal use of the land and the proposed building(s) is farm-related. This includes proposed dwellings, and that the occupants of the dwelling are primarily engaged in agriculture.
We strongly encourage anyone wishing to claim the exemption - especially for a new house - to contact us prior to the start of construction to determine if the exemption is appropriate. The farm exemption applies only to Linn County zoning and building regulations. Other permits (such as floodplain development, well, septic, E911 address or driveway access) may be required. Please contact the appropriate county department for information.
We may be reached at (319) 892-5130 or you may submit an information request by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ag Exemption Packet & Application
Hiawatha Area Code (319)Building 393-1515Zoning 393-1515
Marion Area Code (319)Building 743-6330Zoning 743-6320
The Linn County Public Service Center935 Second Street SWCedar Rapids, Iowa 52404-2100
This is across from Penford and we are located on the main floor.
Alliant Gas 800-822-4348Alliant Electric 800-822-4348REC 319-377-1587Mid-American 800-894-9599
In general, a manufactured home is one that was built after June 15, 1976 in compliance with federal standards. A manufactured home will bear a "HUD seal" (Housing and Urban Development) certifying that it is in compliance with the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974. A manufactured home is considered a single family dwelling, and any single family dwelling must meet the following requirements:
a. Have a minimum width dimension of twenty-two (22) feet for its main body;
b. Have continuous and complete foundation and footing for its main body;
c. Have for the exterior wall covering either:
Wood or masonary finish, or the appearance thereof; and/or Vertical or horizontal grooved siding or lap siding or the appearance thereof.
A mobile home is not considered a manufactured home by definition, and is only permitted in a mobile home park.