City of University Heights, Iowa
University Heights City Hall | 1004 Melrose Avenue, University Heights (Iowa City) 52246 | 319-337-6900

Virginia Miller, BZS Chair

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University Heights Inspectors:

Stan Laverman
Terry Goerdt

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Important Information Regarding Rental Properties:

Fire extinguishers are required to be a minimum size, 5lb. 2A-10BC fire extinguisher. Mount the fire extinguisher in a readily accessible location, preferably somewhere in or near the kitchen as this is the area most susceptible to fire incidents. The fire extinguisher’s charging dial must be inspected on a monthly basis, and every six years the extinguisher must be serviced and tagged by a qualified technician.


Smoke alarms are required in all bedrooms and in hallways leading to bedrooms. At least on smoke alarm is required on every level of the dwelling, including the basement. Please read the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper placement of the smoke alarm in the room. Beginning April 1, 2010, all newly installed smoke alarms will be required to be UL listed and approved dual sensor alarms. The dual sensors may be either an ionic and photovoltaic dual sensing alarm or a standard smoke alarm with a carbon monoxide sensor. If alarms are being installed in new construction, remodeling or replacing current hard-wired smoke alarms, they will be required to be hard-wired, battery back-up alarms. If replacing a current smoke alarm that is just a battery operated alarm without the hard-wiring, you may replace it with a battery operated alarm only. Just remember, in all cases, the alarm must be an approved dual sensor alarm.

Over-occupancy is an issue that seriously impacts the livability standards in our neighborhoods.  From illegal parking and increased trash and litter complaints to the more serious issues of disorderly houses, over-occupancy strains our city resources and disrupts the quiet environment that all citizens are entitled to. Therefore, the Zoning Ordinance of University Heights, ordinance number 79, section 6. A.5 has restricted the number of unrelated persons allowed to occupy a dwelling to one individual. Homes that are suspected of being over-occupied will be investigated, and if found guilty, owners will receive the maximum fine allowed, the requirement of immediate reduction of occupancy and the possible revocation of the owners’ rental permits.

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