City Code & Ordinance Information

The City of Fort Madison is a certified local government (CLG) and has had an active Historic Preservation Commission since 1991. While there are currently no mandatory design guidelines for downtown, guidelines have been created to assist potential and current business owners.

Main Street Boundaries


Below, you may find information on the existing city code and ordinances.

Relevant Codes

1. First Floor Residence: The City of Fort Madison has strict codes regarding first floor residential units in the downtown historic district.

2. Historic Preservation Commission (Title 2, Chapter 8 )

3. Nuisance Properties (Title 6, Chapter 4)

4. Sidewalks (Title 8, Chapter 4)

5. Signs & Awnings (Title 10, Chapter 18)

6. Zoning Map

7. Design Guidelines