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.

Zoning Map

Most properties downtown are considered to be zoned a B-1, Business District Limited Retail. Click here to download the full zoning map for Fort Madison.

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