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Posted on: October 8, 2020

ORDINANCE NO. 20-08

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The City of Windsor Heights will no longer require that signs advertising rental properties be from the City. Previously, City Code had required residents to pay a deposit and use signs provided by the City.  Ordinance no.20-08 was passed on October 5, 2020, and will amend the City Code to remove that requirement. 

City Code regarding rental signs now states: 

  • Property owners need to have their property inspected before advertising it for rent 
  • Once the rental inspection is complete the property owner may place a rental sign 
  • Rental signs shall be no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches
  • Rental signs shall not be placed in any right-of-way and should be removed as soon as the property is rented 

The full ordinance is below.

ORDINANCE NO.  20-08

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES FOR THE CITY OF WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IOWA, BY AMENDING CITY CODE 156.04 REMOVING REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO RENTAL SIGNS BEING ONLY THOSE SUPPLIED BY THE CITY AND SETTING SIZE LIMITATIONS ON ANY PRIVATE SIGNS USED FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES

WHEREAS, the City of Windsor Heights seeks to promote the public health, safety, general welfare and aesthetics of the community through consistent, content- neutral and nondiscriminatory code requirements within its city limits; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Windsor Heights do hereby find and declare that the amendments to Chapter 156.04, Subsection 102.11.7 are necessary and will promote the aesthetics and general welfare of the community.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WINDSOR HEIGHTS, POLK COUNTY, IOWA:

SECTION 1. Purpose. The purpose of this ordinance is to amend Chapter 156.04, Subsection 102.11.7 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Windsor Heights.  

SECTION 2. Chapter 156.04, Subsection 102.11.7 is hereby amended to read as follows: 

156.04  AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS

102.11.7 Signage. Property owners shall be prohibited from placing any rental sign upon any rental property without the property having first been inspected and approved by the City, as provided by this subsection.  Once a rental inspection is complete and approved by the City, any rental sign used shall be no larger than 18 inches x 24 inches in size; signs shall only display necessary contact information for the rental contact; no signs shall be placed in any right-of-way; and signs shall be promptly removed once the unit is rented.  

SECTION 3. Repealer. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.

SECTION 4. Severability. If any section, provision or part of this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any section, provision or part thereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

SECTION 5. Effective Date. This ordinance shall be effective after the final passage, approval and publication as provided by law.

Passed and Approved this 5th day of  October, 2020.

1st Reading:    9/21/2020         

2nd Reading:   10/5/2020

3rd Reading:   Waived 

Publish Date:  10/10/2020


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