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Official Notices

Renaissance Grant Application Now Being Accepted

The City of Spencer is now accepting application for the fall 2019 Renaissance Initiative Grants.  Any Spencer based non-profit organization or agencies, 501(C)(3) organization and/or community organization is eligible to apply for funding.  Non-profit organization not based in Spencer may be considered for a Spencer based project.  Churches and church-related organizations may apply if the request for funding does not directly or substantially promote or advance a particular religion.  Governmental agencies, political sub-divisions and for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.  In addition, affiliated non-profit organizations that support political subdivisions and/or governmental agencies are not eligible for funding.  If you have you questions, please contact Brian Weuve at (712) 580-7200 ext. 212 or  Deadline to apply is September 30, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

The applicaiton form can be accessed HERE.

2019-2020 Solid Waste Collection Calendar Available

The 2019-2020 Solid Waste Collection calendar is now available.  To download the new calendar, visit the Solid Waste page of the City's website.  It can be found in the Department tab above.

Tree Trimming Notice

Trees located in a street right-of-way, or privately owned trees that contain branches that extend out over a public right-of-way, need to be trimmed so that the lowest branches are at least ten feet above a public sidewalk, (or the street parking if a sidewalk does not exist), and at least fourteen feet above the traveled portion of a street or alley. This does not require a permit.  The City will be inspecting trees starting June 10th in the East Forestry District; the area of town that is on the east side of Grand Avenue and north of the railroad tracks, to determine which properties have trees that need to be trimmed. 


The City of Spencer is requesting that you undertake a visual inspection of your own property to see if there are branches over the street, sidewalk, alley and public right-of-way that need to be trimmed. If you have any questions regarding the administration and enforcement of these and other city ordinances, please contact City Hall at 580-7200 

Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application

Recently, the Spencer City Council approved an ordinance regulating the operation and location of Sidewalk Cafes.  The Ordinance requires the submittal of an application from anyone that wants to encroach on the public right-of-way to operate a sidewalk cafe.  The application form is now available and can be found on the City's Online Form Center underneath the Administration Tab.

Pay My Bill Online

If you have received an invoice from the City of Spencer, you can now pay that invoice online via our online payment portal.  Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are all accepted.  Click HERE to pay your bill.


The Spencer Police Department would like to remind the public that the use of “First-Class Consumer Fireworks” within the corporate city limits of Spencer is prohibited. Although you can legally purchase the fireworks in Spencer, you cannot use them within the city limits. A violation is a simple misdemeanor (ordinance 6-8-B2) punishable by a fine of not less than $250. When you include court costs and surcharge a conviction will cost a minimum of $397.50. Please celebrate responsibly!

First Class Consumer Fireworks include but are not limited to firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets, aerial shell kits and reloadable tubes, chasers, helicopter and aerial spinners, mine and shell devices, and roman candles.

Second class consumer fireworks and novelties are legal to discharge within the city limits of Spencer. Second-class consumer fireworks include but are not limited to cone fountains, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground and hand-held sparkling devices, ground spinners, wheels, wire or dipped sparklers and toy smoke devices that are not classified as novelties. Novelties include but are not limited to sparklers, snappers, party poppers, toy smoke devices, snakes and glow worms.

Vivienda Justa Es La Ley


Fair Housing Opportunity


Substandard Structure Assistance Available

For those Spencer residents that have received notification from the City of substandard structure(s) on their property, the City of Spencer is offering two different programs to assist citizens in making necessary repairs.  

The Paint Assistance program is available to owner occupied property owners for paint to be used on substandard structures referred to in the enclosed notice.  Applications are available at City Hall, 418 2nd Avenue West or by clickin on the Paint Assistance program.  If approved, homeowners will be reimbursed for paint up to $100 maximum per property, based on the size of the building(s), after the work has been completed and verified by the City, and upon your submission of paint sales receipts.

The Spencer Cares program is an income based funding program that is available for painting or other repairs that are required by the city to bring the substandard structure on your property into compliance. The maximum amount of funding per request is $750.   Applications are available at City Hall, 418 2nd Avenue West or by clickin on the Spencer Cares link. 

For questions, please call Kirby Schmidt (Ext. 217), Robyn Larsen (Ext. 225) or Theresa Reardon (Ext 213) at Spencer City Hall, (712) 580-7200.

Sidewalk Grant Program

In 2012 the Spencer City Council made it a goal to make Spencer a more walkable community. A sidewalk grant program was developed and put in place in January of 2013. The program attracted over 190 applicants for sidewalk replacement or installation of new sidewalk throughout the community.

For those residents needing sidewalk repairs or new sidewalk, a Spencer Sidewalk Grant is available again this season. This grant pays for the calculated amount of concrete required to replace or install a public sidewalk adjacent to their property.
A new feature of the program, this year, is that applicants can choose to have the cost of the sidewalk project assessed and included in their property taxes over a ten year period of time. In this case, the City will hire a contractor to complete the job.

If you were approved last year and did not get the job completed, you may re-apply and choose to have the City hire a contractor to complete the project. Applications are available at City Hall.

Feel free to call or stop in at City Hall, 580-7200 and ask for Craig or Mark for more information.

Open Burning

Open burning within the corporate limits of Spencer is not allowed by ordinance.

To dispose of leaves, grass clippings and other lawn waste or any household waste by burning is illegal. You may be subject to a fine.

Other means of disposal are available. You may bag and tag items, which the City will haul away or you may take your lawn waste items only to the designated tree and leaf site located 1 mile north of the intersection of West 18th Street and 18th Avenue West. Please observe all rules posted at the site. Questions may be directed to City Hall at (712) 580-7200 or the Fire Department at (712) 580-7240.

Voting Information

General Information

To register to vote you must be a citizen of the United States, at least 17 1/2 years old and declare Iowa as your voting residence. You must be at least 18 years old to vote.

You can register to vote at the following locations:

  • Clay County Auditor's office, 300 West 4th Street, Spencer, Iowa
  • City Clerk's office, 418 2nd Avenue West, Spencer, Iowa
  • When you renew your driver's license
For information on the nomination process for municipal elections, contact the City Clerk's office.

Voting Precinct Locations - Municipal, State and Federal Elections

If you need precinct information for voting, contact the Clay County Auditor's office at
(712) 262-4569.
All precincts vote at the Clay County Regional Events Center, 800 West 18th Street.
Click here for a map of Spencer wards