Welcome to the City of Hartford

The City of Hartford is a central Iowa town located just a few miles Southeast of the Des Moines Metropolitan area. It has all the advantages of the bigger city with the benefits of a small community and relaxed surroundings. Hartford prides itself on being a community where every one is considered a neighbor and that people are it's most valued asset.

News & Upcoming Events


“Light up Hartford”
December 2, 2016 at Gazebo
Santa arrives at 6:30 P.M./Bring your Camera
Snacks, Crafts & Fellowship @ Lodge Hall
(sponsored by Hartford Betterment Committee)

Please have lights on by 5:00 P.M.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
(sponsored by Hartford Betterment Committee)


Contact ASPEN WASTE at 974-1400 prior to collection day for program details and cost; must be prepaid

(click here to view local ordinance)

Hazardous Wastes/Junk; Unused Vehicles If you have hazardous wastes you need to dispose of information is available for pickup at city hall, by contacting Metro Waste Authority at 515 244-0021 or visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com

If you have a vehicle to donate (running or not) please call 1 888 344-HOPE (4673)“Teen Challenge” accepts cars, trucks, vans, SUV’s, boats, campers, RV’s, tractors and more. Donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the “Teen Challenge”program in central Iowa. Their staff will arrange to pick up your vehicle (whether you’re home or not) and will handle all paperwork. Call 1 888 344-HOPE (4673) to start process!!


Planning & Zoning Commission Vacancies
The City of Hartford is looking for citizen volunteers who are qualified by knowledge or experience to act in manners pertaining to development of a city plan. The Mayor, subject to approval of the Council appoints members. Term of office shall be five (5) years. For additional information regarding specific duties of the commission please contact City Hall at 515 989-0267.
(click here for Board/Commission Application)



All new construction, remodels, additions, enlargements, repair, moving, removal, conversion, demolition and alterations require a building permit as well as decks, signs and sheds. A trade permit is required for all plumbing, electrical and mechanical work. For questions about permits, please contact“Safe Building and Compliance” at 515 333-4161 or email office@safebuildingiowa.org. Tax abatement is available for improvements totaling 10% of your assessed property valuation and 15% for commercial properties.

(click here for building permit application)
(click here for site plan sample)
(click here for inspection process)

Note - All completed forms must be returned to City Hall for processing.


Effective November 1 the City of Hartford Snow Ordinance is in Effect. No parking is allowed on streets with snow and/or ice  accumulations of 1” or more for 48 Hours after event ends or or has been removed from the streets. Dumping of snow in a street or alley is prohibited. We ask for your cooperation to allow city staff to efficiently remove the snow and ice. Parking fines and towing of vehicles may be applicable.

The next Betterment Committee meeting will be held on
December 13, 16 - 7:00 P.M. @ City Hall


Mayor/Michael Rodman – 2 year term
City Council/Kim Dingeman Crook – 4 year term
Mark Goldsberry – 4 year term
William (Joe) Hammond – 4 year term
Special thanks to all candidates & voters/Great turnout!!


Receptacle for cans/bottles is located in alley adjacent to park shelter house Redemption proceeds will be used for community improvement projects


Special thanks to the Hartford Betterment Committee for their financial contribution and to the volunteers (Mayor, council members & city staff) for installation of the 3 city park planters. A nice addition to Vine Street!

Urban Chickens
Contact City Hall at 515 989-0267 to receive permit application
(click here to view Ordinance No. 99/Urban Chickens)
(click here to view Administration Policy/Urban Chickens)

Sewer Service Charges
Passed by city council 7-21-15
(click here to view current ordinance)


Avenue of flags at the Hartford cemetery
Verle and Marge Spence from the Richland Township Board of Trustees accepted a grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership in the amount of $1815.73. Grant funds were used to achieve an avenue of flags at the Hartford cemetery. (click here for event details)


To nominate a yard please do so by emailing dingeman300@gmail.com or using drop box at city hall offices. Please include the residents name and address. No phone calls please.
July 2015 winner – George Erickson   410 N. Vine Street
August 2015 winner – Steve Clark   115 Wall Street   
September 2015 winner – Rod/Karen Blackford    345 S. Vine   
November 2015 winner – James Edenburn    235 Fremont
June 2016 winner Tim/Kelly Johnson 623 East St.
July 2016 winner Darwin/Nancy Mott    140 E. Main

Dog/Cat/Urban Chicken Licenses & Permits
Dogs and cats age 6 mos. and older are required by ordinance to be licensed by May 1st of each year. Urban Chicken annual permit fee ($25.00) is also due by May 1st. Dog/Cat license fees are $15.00 per pet on or before the due date and $20.00 thereafter. Please provide a rabies vaccination certificate when applying for your license(s). Animals apprehended at large by city personnel are transported to the Animal Rescue League.


City Government

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