City Code & Ordinance Information

Fort Madison Main Street is in the process of working on design guidelines for our downtown. The City of Fort Madison has been a certified local government (CLG) since and has had an active Historic Preservation Commission since 1991. While there are currently no mandatory design guidelines for downtown, Main Street’s Design Committee is working on developing a set of guidelines specific to our community.

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