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Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween with Safety Guidance

Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween with Safety Guidance

Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution that traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions that spread SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks, and the more households they visit, the greater chance that germs are spread and linger. Here are some ways to keep yourself, your kids and your community healthy.

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Temporary Sign Permit

Type of Signs Permitted

The temporary advertising signs specified below are allowed.


The city has implemented a web-based permitting system for temporary signs.  Applicants simply enter the information for the desired sign(s).  For questions or if you are having difficulty accessing the permitting system, please contact Deb Petersen at (319) 626-5728 or [email protected], or stop by City Hall. Unpermitted temporary signs may be subject to issuance of a municipal infraction.

Cost of Permit

At this time there is no fee for the permit.

When Signs Can be Placed

The signs are allowed to be displayed for up to 10 days up to five times per 12-month period. Owners can track their usage with the online permitting system.

Where Signs Can be Placed

Signs may only be displayed on private property. Generally, that means at least one foot back from the sidewalk towards the building. Signs placed between the sidewalk and the street will be removed by city staff.

Sign Condition

Signs are to be kept in good condition and replaced when damaged or faded.

Number of Signs Allowed

The number of signs allowed is:

  • For single-tenant or single-owner lots: two signs for each street frontage, but if the lot has over 100 feet of street frontage, one additional sign for each 50 feet.
  • For multi-tenant lots, the same rules for single-tenant/single-owner lots but make sure to coordinate with other businesses in the development so the maximum is not exceeded. The number of signs is based on the lot frontage and not the number of businesses.

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