Fort Dodge, IA

Reporting/Request Words

Text Message Response
DEBRIS
  Rubbish
  Brush
  1. Debris includes garbage, construction materials, tires, mattresses, household furniture, appliances, tvs, brush piles, etc. If you wish to continue to report a complaint regarding debris, please respond with either RUBBISH or BRUSH.
  2. (Step 1 of 2) What is the nearest address to the issue?
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text DONE.
  4. Thank you for reporting!
JUNK DAYS
  Junk
  1. Welcome to JUNK DAYS ON DEMAND! Please do not submit your request more than a week before your desired pick up. Requests received by noon on the BUSINESS DAY before your garbage day will be picked up on your next garbage day. Please have all items curbside with any necessary stickers attached no later than 5:00 am. Text the word 'JUNK' to begin.
  2. (Step 1 of 3) What is your address?
  3. (Step 2 of 3) What day of the week is your garbage collected on a normal week? Text ONLY one of the following exactly as it appears: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
  4. (Step 3 of 3) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text SUBMIT.
  5. Thank you for your request! Please have all items curbside no later than 5:00 am on your next garbage day. The next Thursday collection is 6/17. The next Monday collection is 6/21. The next Tuesday collection is 6/22. The next Thursday collection is 6/24. Remember that all tires, TVs, electronics and appliances require stickers for pick up.
REPORT
  Pothole
  Street Light
  Broken Sidewalk
  Alley Repair
  potholes
  Sign
  1. Reporting options are: POTHOLE, SIDEWALK, STREET LIGHT, SIGN or ALLEY REPAIR. For Forestry requests, please text the word "TREES". For Nuisance requests, please text the word "NUISANCE". For Water Quality concerns, please text the word "WATER".
  2. (Step 1 of 2) What is the nearest address to the issue?
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text DONE.
  4. Thank you for reporting!
SNOW REMOVAL
  Snow
  Ice
  1. Property owners have 24 hours from the last snow accumulation to remove snow and ice from sidewalks on their property. If you wish to continue to report a property for failure to remove snow, please respond with SNOW or ICE.
  2. (Step 1 of 2) What is the nearest address to the issue?
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text DONE.
  4. Thank you for reporting!
TALL GRASS
  Weeds
  Grass
  1. Nuisance length tall grass and weeds have grown to over 10" in length. If you wish to continue to report a complaint regarding tall grass or weeds, please text GRASS or WEEDS,
  2. (Step 1 of 2) Please provide the nearest address to the issue.
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text DONE.
  4. Thank you for reporting!
TREES
  Trimming
  Removal
  Tree Trimming
  Tree
  1. Reporting options are: TRIMMING or REMOVAL. (The City of Fort Dodge Forestry Department will only respond to service requests for trees on City property or in right-of-ways.)
  2. (Step 1 of 2) What is the nearest address to the issue?
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text DONE.
  4. Thank you for reporting!
VEHICLES
  Unregistered
  Parked
  Junk Car
  1. Nuisance vehicles include junk cars, unlicensed or unregistered cars and/or those parked in the front yard on the owner's property. Vehicles parked on the street for more than 24 hours or those parked across sidewalks should be reported to the Police Non-Emergency number ((515) 573-2323). To continue to report a nuisance vehicle, please text JUNK CAR, UNREGISTERED or PARKED.
  2. (Step 1 of 2) What is the nearest address to the issue?
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text DONE.
  4. Thank you for reporting!
WATER
  Taste
  Odor
  Color
  Rusty
  Smelly
  1. Reporting options are: TASTE, ODOR, COLOR or WATER MAIN BREAK.
  2. (Step 1 of 2) What is the nearest address to the issue?
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text SUBMIT.
  4. Thank you for reporting! Our staff will investigate and be in touch if they have additional questions.
WILDLIFE
  Deer
  1. We appreciate your assistance in gathering data on the local deer population. Text DEER to begin.
  2. (Step 1 of 4) What date/time did you see the deer?
  3. (Step 2 of 4) Where did you see the deer? (Submit an address if possible.)
  4. (Step 3 of 4) How many deer did you see?
  5. (Step 4 of 4) Please upload a photo or text NONE.
  6. Thank you for reporting!
YARD WASTE
  Yard Waste Pick Up
  1. Curbside yard waste pick up and access to the compost site is available to current City sanitation customers. To learn about the Compost Site, text COMPOST, or, to continue with a yard waste pick up request, please text YARD WASTE PICK UP.
  2. (Step 1 of 2) What is your address?
  3. (Step 2 of 2) Please text a brief description, upload an image or text SUBMIT.
  4. Thank you for your request! Requests received before noon on Thursday will be picked up on Friday. Please have all yard waste curbside with orange stickers attached no later than 6:00 am.

Informational Words

Text Message Response
Agendas
Minutes
For agenda information visit https://fortdodgeiowa.civicweb.net/portal.
Airport
Airlines
Flights
For Fort Dodge Regional Airport information visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/airport.
Animal Appeals Board For information on the Animal Appeals Board, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/animalappealsboard.
Aquatic Center
Pool
For information on the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/rosedalerapids.
Birth Certificates Requests related to birth certificates are not handled by the City of Fort Dodge. Please contact the Webster County Recorder at (515) 576-2401.
Board of Adjustment For information on the Board of Adjustment, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/boardofadjustment.
Board of Appeals For information on the Board of Appeals, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/boardofappeals.
Boards
Commissions
For Boards and Commissions information, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/boards.
Burning The City of Fort Dodge prohibits the burning of yard waste within City limits year round. Per City Council directive, this burn ban is lifted once in the spring and once in the fall. Learn more at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/openburning.
Cabin Rental
Open Shelter
For information on cabin availability and to reserve a cabin or open shelter for your next event, please visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/fdrec/.
Cemeteries
Cemetery
Cemetary
Oakland
Memorial Park
The City of Fort Dodge is currently the caretaker of Oakland Park Cemetery and Memorial Park Cemetery. To learn more, visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/cemeteries.
Chickens The raising and keeping of chickens in the city of Fort Dodge is permitted provided it is not for commercial purposes or on a scale objectionable to neighbors.
Citizens Central As a result of the COVID pandemic, Citizen's Central remains closed to the public. Visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/citizenscentral to learn more about this facility.
City Clerk
Nemmers
Jeff Nemmers serves as the Finance Director and City Clerk for the City of Fort Dodge. Learn more about the Clerk's Office at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/clerk.
City Code
Ordinances
To access the City Code of Ordinances visit: https://library.municode.com/ia/fort_dodge/codes/code_of_ordinances
City Council
Fritz
Conrad
Halter
Schuur
Moehnke
Flattery
Alstott
For City Council information visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/council. For previous and upcoming City Council meeting agendas visit https://fortdodgeiowa.civicweb.net.
City Manager
Fierke
David Fierke serves as the City Manager for the City of Fort Dodge. Learn more about the Manager's Office at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/citymanager.
Community Camera Program The Fort Dodge Police Department is committed to our partnership with the residents and business owners in our community. Learn about the Community Camera Program at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/communitycameras.
Compost On Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, the compost site at the Public Works facility (3001 8th Avenue South) will open to the general public. Hours are M, Tu, Th, F 8 am to 12 pm; Sa 8 am to 4 pm. Visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/yardwaste to learn more. To schedule a yard waste pick up, please text the word "YARD WASTE".
Contact
Office Hours
City Hall
City Hall is located at 819 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. You can reach us at (515) 576-4551 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. As a result of the COVID pandemic, walk-ins accepted at Utility Billing, all others by appointment only.
Contractor Registration Visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/codeenforcement for links to the Building, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Contractor registration forms.
Death Certificates Requests related to death certificates are not handled by the City of Fort Dodge. Please contact the Webster County Recorder at (515) 576-2401.
Divorce Filings If you have questions about divorce filings, please contact the Webster County Clerk of Courts at (515) 576-7115. The City of Fort Dodge has no access to this information.
Drivers License For questions related to your drivers license, please contact the local Iowa DMV office at (515) 573-5141.
Electrical Service Electrical service in Fort Dodge is provided by MidAmerican Energy. To learn more, please visit https://www.midamericanenergyservices.com.
Employment
Jobs
Careers
Hiring
For employment opportunities please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fortdodgeiowa.
Fire The Fort Dodge Fire Department exists to provide fire, medical and other life safety services to those that reside, work or travel through the City of Fort Dodge. Learn more at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/fire. If this is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Fireworks For information on the City of Fort Dodge fireworks ordinance, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/fireworks.
Food Stamps The City of Fort Dodge is not involved in the administration of the food stamp program. For questions about food stamps, please contact Webster County Human Services at (515) 955-6353.
Garbage Collection
Trash
Garbage
Visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/garbage for information on trash pick up in the City of Fort Dodge. You can view a detailed collection calendar at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/sanitationschedule.
Gas Service Gas service in Fort Dodge is provided by MidAmerican Energy. To learn more, please visit https://www.midamericanenergyservices.com.
Golf
Lakeside
For information on Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, including the cost of season passes, visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/lakeside.
Historic Preservation Commission The Historic Preservation Commission works to safeguard the City’s historic sites & districts, promote uses of historic buildings, and educate public about historic significance. To learn more, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/historicpreservationcommission.
Human Rights Commission
Discrimination
The Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission receives and investigates complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, credit, public accommodation and education that occur within City limits. To learn more, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/humanrightscommission.
Landfill The local landfill is not operated by the City. For questions, please contact the North Central Iowa Landfill at (515) 573-5381.
Library Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Fort Dodge Public Library is operating under reduced hours. To learn more, check out books online and utilize the other services offered, please visit https://fortdodgelibrary.org.
License Plates To register your vehicle or renew your tags, please contact the Webster County Treasurer's Office at (515) 576-4611. These are not handled by the City of Fort Dodge.
Manhole Cover
Manhole
If you see a manhole cover moved or missing, it should be reported immediately. During regular business hours, please contact Public Works at (515) 955-6139. Get voicemail? Call the Police Non-Emergency number at (515) 573-2323.
Mask
Masks
Mandate
For questions about the Webster County mask mandate, please contact the County Attorney at (515) 573-1452.
Mayor
Bemrich
Matt Bemrich has served as Fort Dodge's mayor since 2010. Learn more about the Mayor's Office at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/mayor.
Mobile Speed Unit
Speed Car
For information on the mobile speed unit, including current location and who to contact about a ticket, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/mobilespeedunit.
Museum
Blanden
Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Blanden Memorial Art Museum is operating under reduced hours. To learn more and explore current exhibits, please visit https://www.blanden.org.
Noise Complaints Noise complaints should be reported to the Police Department via the Police Non-Emergency number. (515) 573-2323.
Nuisance Please respond with one of the following: DEBRIS, TALL GRASS (including weeds), SNOW REMOVAL, VEHICLE
Online Payments
Bill Pay
Tickets
To make an online payment, visit https://otc.cdc.nicusa.com/Public2.aspx?portal=iowa&organization=City%20of%20Fort%20Dodge. Parks and Rec payments should be made through https://apm.activecommunities.com/fdrec.
Parking
Downtown
All on-street Downtown parking is currently free for a maximum of two hours. Patrons who wish to park longer should feed the meter after two hours. All city owned lots, both permit and metered parking, are free to patrons, residents and businesses, so long as the vehicles are not parked in the same spot in excess of 12 hours.
Parks
Trails
For Parks and Trails information visit: https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/department/division.php?structureid=135
Permits Visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/codeenforcement for links to the following permit applications: Building (remodels including siding, windows, & roofing), Sign, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, New Commercial & Residential Builds.
Pet Licenses
Dogs
Cats
Ferrets
All dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months shall be licensed with the City of Fort Dodge. An application is available online at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/animallicense.
Plan and Zoning Commission The Plan & Zoning Commission reviews and makes recommendation on zoning questions or re-zoning issues, as well as development of subdivisions. To learn more, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/planandzoningcommission.
Police
PD
The Fort Dodge Police Department consists of 40 sworn officers actively working for the safety and security of its citizens. To learn more, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/police. If this is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Property Taxes Questions regarding property taxes should be directed to the Webster County Assessor. They can be reached at (515) 576-4721. City of Fort Dodge employees have no access to this information.
Rec Center Please visit http://www.fdrec.com/ for information on the Fort Dodge Community Rec Center. Looking for information on City of Fort Dodge recreation programs? Please text the word Recreation.
Recreation To View and Register for Activities and other Fort Dodge Recreation Information visit: https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/department/division.php?structureid=130
Recycling
Recycle
Visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/recycling for information on recycling pick up in the City of Fort Dodge. You can view a detailed collection calendar at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/sanitationschedule.
Rental Housing
Landlords
Apartments
Duplexes
For information on rental housing, including registration, inspection and complaint forms, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/rentalhousing.
Rogers Sports Complex
Harlan
Hazel
Rogers Sports Complex is located at 1628 Nelson Avenue.
ROW
Right of Way
Excavation
Obstruction
For Right of Way Excavation and Obstruction, information visit: www.fortdodgeiowa.org/ROW
Sewer Back Up If you see a possible sewer back up, it should be reported immediately. During regular business hours, please contact Public Works at (515) 955-6139. Get voicemail? Call the Police Non-Emergency number at (515) 573-2323.
Sinkhole
Cavity
If you see a sinkhole or cavity, it should be reported immediately. During regular business hours, please contact Public Works at (515) 955-6139. Get voicemail? Call the Police Non-Emergency number at (515) 573-2323.
Snowfall Operations
Plow
Plows
Plowing
For information on the City of Fort Dodge snowfall operations, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/snow.
Special Events
Block Party
Event
Parade
Concert
Submit a special events permit request online at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/specialevents. A copy of fees can be found at https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/specialevents/fees.
Splashpad For information on the Oleson Park Splashpad, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/splashpad. If there are mechanical issues with the Splashpad, please contact Lori Branderhorst at (515) 576-7237.
Stickers Stickers for Junk Days on Demand and curbside yard waste pick up can be purchased at City Hall, 819 1st Ave S, Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Stop Sign If you see a stop sign down or missing, it should be reported immediately. During regular business hours, please contact Public Works at (515) 955-6139. Get voicemail? Call the Police Non-Emergency number at (515) 573-2323.
Thank you
Thanks
Have a nice day!
Traffic Signal If you see a traffic signal that is not working correctly, it should be reported immediately. During regular business hours, please contact Public Works at (515) 955-6139. Get voicemail? Call the Police Non-Emergency number at (515) 573-2323.
Utility Billing
Water Bill
Bill
Moving
Transfer
Sign Up
Switch Service
To learn more about utility billing, including how to start, stop or transfer service, please visit https://www.fortdodgeiowa.org/utilitybilling.
Voter Registration The City of Fort Dodge is not responsible for voter registration. For questions about how to register, to update a registration or inquire about your polling location, please contact Webster County at (515) 573-7175.
Water Main Break If you see a possible water main break, it should be reported immediately. During regular business hours, please contact Public Works at (515) 955-6139. Get voicemail? Call the Police Non-Emergency number at (515) 573-2323.