How can I determine the setback requirements for my property?
The required setbacks for a specific piece of property is determined by the zoning classification of the property. Each zoning designation has a set of minimum setbacks requirements. Once you have determined your zoning classification (see FAQ Question #1) you may find the zoning regulations, including setback information, online through the Council Bluffs Municipal Code (see link below). Additionally, you can also verify if a variance for the minimum setback has been granted by viewing the 'Variance Layer' on the Pottawattamie County GIS. Please note that setbacks are measured from property lines, which are often not the street curb, sidewalk or edge of pavement. Council Bluffs Municipal Code

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1. How can I find out how my property is zoned?
2. How can I determine the setback requirements for my property?
3. How do I find my property lines?
4. Can I operate a business out of my home?
5. Where can I locate an accessory structure (e.g. detached garage, storage shed or pool) on my residential property?
6. What are the location and maximum height requirements for residential fences and do I need a permit?
7. How do I report a possible zoning violation?
8. How is zoning enforced?
9. Who enforces my restrictive covenants and/or private deed restrictions?
10. Can the zoning designation of a parcel of land be changed?
11. I want to care for children in my home. How many can I care for and do I need a permit?
12. I want to sell some of my property to my neighbor. What do I need to do?
13. Is a permit required to place and/or resurface a sign?
14. My property is located in a historical district, or is a local historic landmark; do I need approval for exterior modifications (e.g., window, doors, paint, etc.) to the structure?
15. The alley behind my house is unused. Can I buy it?
16. Where can I park my recreational vehicle on my residential property?
17. Is the Community Development Department the Section 8 Office?
18. How can I purchase a piece of property owned by the City of Council Bluffs?
19. Can I get Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance for a project I am considering?
20. I would like to rehab a historic home. Is there any assistance available to help me?
21. I need some financial assistance to rehabilitate my house. Are there any programs to help me?
22. I would like to purchase a home. Is there any downpayment assistance available to help me?
23. What kind of projects does the City fund with their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds?
24. I am having problems with my landlord. Where can I turn to for advice?
25. I need help making my house handicap accessible. Is there any assistance to help me?