Code Enforcement

For questions about code enforcement, or to file a code enforcement complaint, please contact the Planning, Development, Sustainability Office at 319-356-6083. You will be connected to our dedicated Code Enforcement Inspector who will follow up on the complaint.

Or you can email our Code Enforcement Inspector directly at [email protected]

Please note: We always prefer to collect the name and contact of individuals filing complaints so we can follow up after we have investigated. 

Rental Inspections - Complaint Form and Checklist

Click Here for the Rental Violation Complaint Form


  • Approved address numbers legible and visible from the public way fronting the property and from the vehicle access area if other than the front of the building. (4” high minimum)
  • Is siding and/or paint in good condition?
  • Are all accessory structures in good condition? (garage, shed)
  • Does the roof leak?
  • Are the steps (uniform riser height and tread), decks and landings in good condition?
  • Do stairways with 4 or more risers have a handrail?
  • Do any balconies, porches or landing 30” or more above grade have guardrails?
  • Are fences in good repair?
  • Are sidewalks in safe and sound condition?
  • Are gutters and/or downspouts in a good state of repair and directing rainwater away from the structure?
  • Is the foundation in good repair?


Fire Protection
  • Smoke alarms installed in accordance with Johnson County Fire Code.
  • Fire extinguishers installed in accordance with Johnson County Fire Code.
  • Are all combustible materials stored at least 3’ away from sources of ignition?
  • Do exterior doors have locks in working order?
  • Are exterior doors weather tight?
  • Are the doors in good working order including: exterior, interior screen and storm doors?
  • Do windows have locks in working order?
  • Are windows weather tight?
  • Are emergency escape and rescue windows in every bedroom?
  • Do operable windows have screens without rips, tears or holes?
Walls, Ceilings and Floors
  • Are walls and ceilings maintained in a clean and sanitary condition?
  • Are kitchen and bathroom floors maintained to keep them in a clean, dry and sanitary condition?
  • Are all floors structurally sound?
  • Do all habitable rooms have a ceiling height at least 7’? (Rooms with sloped ceilings shall have at least 1/3 of the floor area at 7”).
  • Bedroom size is a minimum of 70 square feet.
Electrical Systems
  • Does every habitable room have at least two separate duplex outlets and situated a distance apart equivalent to at least 25% of the perimeter of the room.
  • Does every habitable room, toilet room, bathroom, laundry room, furnace room, basement, kitchen and/or cellar have at least one ceiling type, wall type or switched lighting fixture?
  • Are all cover plates for outlets, switches and junction boxes in place?
  • Are all switches, outlets and electrical fixtures properly installed and in good working order?
  • Are there and extension cords or temporary wiring being used? (this is not permitted)
  • Are there appropriate separate outlets for the stove and refrigerator?
  • Are passageways and stairways in building with 3 or more units adequately lighted at all times?
Mechanical Systems
  • Do all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms have adequate heat? (65 degrees measured at a distance of 3’ above the floor) Cooking appliances shall not be used to provide space heating to the requirements of this section.
  • Are heating systems installed and operating properly?
  • Are all combustion gases vented to the outside?
  • Are there any fuel burning devices located in bathrooms or sleeping rooms? (this is not permitted)
Plumbing Systems
  • Do plumbing fixtures have adequate water pressure and do they operate properly?
  • Do any supply or drain lines leak?
  • Do all fixtures have proper traps to prevent infiltration of sewer gases?
  • Are all fixtures working properly?
  • Does the water heater have a temperature pressure relief valve installed in accordance with the Johnson County Plumbing Code?