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A permit is required for sheds or other accessory buildings one hundred twenty (120) square feet or larger. All accessory buildings must be at least five (5) feet from the rear lot line, four (4) feet from interior lot lines if located between the rear building line of the principal building and the rear property line. The accessory building must be located five (5) feet from other buildings on the lot. The accessory building may not be closer than twenty (20) feet from any street right-of-way. The maximum height is fifteen (15) feet. Review the regulations that apply to accessory buildings: Title 17. Chapter 17.24, Section 17.24.030 B.6 of the Oskaloosa Municipal Code.
No. However, due to the weight of roofing materials and load capacity of framed structures, there should be no more than two (2) roofing layers applied to most structures. There should also be an ice barrier applied under shingles or rolled roofing from the lowest roof edge to a point 24 inches (36 inches if the slope is 8/12 or greater) inside the exterior wall line. Please contact the building official with any questions.
A permit is required for all swimming pools, either above-ground or below-ground pools, which are capable of holding water 24 inches or deeper. A minimum 48-inch safety barrier is also required. This is typically a fence, or in the case of an above-ground pool the sidewall may serve as the barrier. Access limitations may apply. Setback requirements are the same as for other accessory structures. Contact the Building Official at 641-673-7472 for help with specific requirements.
Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov/, enter your address, and click 'search'. Map layers may take a few moments to load. Flood hazard areas are typically noted as 'Zone A' and highlighted in a light-blue color. Map revisions, amendments, and revalidations are also available at this link. Contact local floodplain manager Shawn Christ at 641-673-9431 (ext 5029) or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or visit the Development Services Department at City Hall.
No. Hens and roosters are not presently allowed within Oskaloosa's city limits. The raising of chickens, ducks, and other poultry and livestock for agricultural, commercial, personal, or recreational purposes is not allowed except within an agricultural zoning district, or where previously established as a legal, nonconforming use.
No. Beekeeping is not presently allowed within city limits. Title 6, "Animals", of the Oskaloosa Municipal Code states that it is "unlawful for a person to keep within the city such bothersome animals as barking dogs, bees, cattle, horses, swine and sheep which tend to disrupt the peace and good order of the community".
No, with certain exceptions. The raising of horses, cows, pigs, and other split hoofed animals is not allowed except within an agricultural zoning district, on larger lots within a rural residential district, or where previously established as a legal, nonconforming use. In the RR rural residential district, a lot two acres or greater may maintain one horse, llama, or other equine and/or hoofed animal and its immature offspring, plus one additional animal for each two additional acres of lot area, up to a maximum of three animals.
Yes, with certain limitations. Most home-based businesses and home occupations are permitted as an accessory use in residential units subject to certain conditions (see Sec. 17.22.090 OMC, linked here). Animal hospitals, beauty and barber shops with over one chair, retail sales, mortuaries, repair shops or service establishments, stables or kennels, welding, and vehicle body repair/rebuilding/dismantling businesses are prohibited. Please contact zoning staff to discuss your plans. A permit is not necessary unless construction work will occur on the home.
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