Permits & Policies

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Permits

Entrance Permit

Permission for any new driveway, or widening of an existing driveway, that is located within the County’s right-of-way. This requires approval before any work is begun. No Fee.

One Stop Trip Permit

Permission to transport an oversized/overweight load on county roads to destination. This will require approval before any transportation is permitted. We require at least one business day to process all permits. 

Fees:

Single Trip: $35
Round Trip: $70
Oversized Annual Permit: $50
Oversized/Overweight Annual Permit: $400

Tile Crossing Permit

Any tile crossing and work done in the County’s right-of-way. This will require a signature from any adjoining landowner, and approval from the Tama County Engineer before any work is begun. No Fee. 

Utility Permit

All utilities that will be placed within the County’s right-of-way must have a permit. This will require approval from the Tama County Board of Supervisors and the Tama County Engineer before any work is begun. No Fee.

Wood Cutting Permit

Permission to cut trees located within the County’s right-of-way. Permit must be acquired annually. This requires approval before any work is begun. No Fee.

Work Within Right-of-Way Permit

Permission to excavate, fill, or make any physical changes within the right-of-way. This will require approval from the Tama County Engineer before any work is begun. No Fee.

Policies

Dust Control Policy

Dust generated by the traffic on gravel roads is a common concern for rural living. The county does not apply dust control. If you would like to have dust control applied in front of your home, you can contact one of the approved vendors.

 

Approved Vendors:

  • Jerico Services, Inc.
    515-961-6207
  • Central Iowa Dust Control
    641-750-3155
  • Victor Oil
    319-647-3612

Tama County allows the placement of dust control on rock roads. The interest of motorists to have a well-maintained road takes priority over the interest to suppress dust. Dust control sections may be bladed through starting October 15th and may be bladed through at any time if the condition of the road impedes traffic. Preserve your dust control by keeping it properly marked and by filling potholes with rock. 

Road Improvement Policy

Tama County has about 1,159 miles of roads under its jurisdiction as of January 1, 2006. 92 miles are dirt roads with no surfacing, 893 miles are surfaced with rock, 4 miles are bituminous, and 179 miles are paved. There are occasional requests from individuals to upgrade the surfacing on a road. The details can be reviewed in the Road Improvement Policy.

Snow Ordinance

Each snow or ice storm has its own characteristics and must be dealt with accordingly. The details of the snow removal operations can be reviewed in the Snow Ordinance.

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