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Land Use

Starting January 1, 2024, Land Use Office Hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. While appointments are not necessary, you are encouraged to call ahead to make sure the Land Use Administrator will be in the office. 

The Land Use Administrator is a part-time position. Please call (319) 462-2282 for an appointment if you wish to speak with the Land Use Administrator. Please contact this office prior to building, buying, or dividing property in rural Jones County.


About Jones County Land Use

The Jones County Zoning Ordinance was first adopted by the Board of Supervisors on March 24, 1998 as an Agricultural Land Preservation Ordinance. This ordinance was later replaced by a regular Zoning Ordinance on April 3, 2007.  These ordinances followed the consideration and guidance of the Jones County 1997 Land Use Plan that was prepared by the Jones County Land Use Plan Advisory Board.  The plan was designed to establish an orderly use and development of the land and natural resources.  This ordinance applies to all land within Jones County which lies outside the corporate limits of any city. The cities of  Anamosa, Monticello, and Cascade retain the right for review within a two-mile radius around their respective city.

Comprehensive Land Use Plan


County maps are for sale for $5 each.  These may be purchased in the 911 Coordinator's Office or in the County Recorder’s Office.

To check the most recent zoning classification of a property within the rural area of Jones County, please either call the Land Use Administrator at (319) 462-2282 or check the Beacon website and click on the Map tab and check the Zoning District Layer box.  The Legend tab can help you tell which color is which Zoning District.

Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance

Septic and Wells

For all questions regarding septic and wells, please contact the Environmental Health Office at (319) 462-4715 or by e-mail

(319) 462-2282


Tuesday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday Closures

Jones County Courthouse
500 W. Main St.
Room 113
Anamosa, IA 52205