Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I protest my assessment?

If you feel your assessment is not correct, you can protest it with the City Assessor's Office at 515-239-5370 or by clicking on this link: City Assessor's Office.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Does the City of Ames have an ordinance that prohibits the keeping of any particular breed of dog?

  • I’ve noticed many cats around our neighborhood. It seems as though they’re let out the door and left to roam. Is there a leash law for cats as well as dogs?

  • I’ve noticed that as the days get longer, there are more and more construction projects starting even earlier in the morning. Sometimes the noise is so loud it wakes me up. Is the legal?

  • Is it legal to raise chickens in one’s backyard within the City limits?

  • Can I burn my leaves?

  • Can I support a candidate with a sign in my yard?

  • How can I estimate my property taxes?

  • How can I obtain current assessment and tax information on a property that I am interested in?

  • How do I protest my assessment?

  • How do you know if the snow ordinance is in effect?

  • I have a landlord/Tenant Dispute Question.

  • I have a neighbor who mows the lawn and uses a blower at 7 am in the morning. Doesn't the city have ordinances or rules regarding this issue?

  • I’m thinking of putting a fence around my property. I’m looking at a lot of different styles and heights. When I install my fence, what do I need to know?

  • I’ve noticed a lot of campaign signs in yards, posters on light poles, and even information left at my house and on my car windshield. Are these Legal?

  • My lease is almost up and I’m getting ready to move out of my apartment. How do I get my security deposit back? What do I do with all the junk from my apartment that I want to discard when I move?

  • My neighbor’s dog barks constantly. Is there a rule against constant disruption of the peace and quiet of a neighborhood?

  • My neighbor’s tree hangs over my driveway, dropping leaves and branches on my car. Is there a law that says my neighbor must keep the tree trimmed back? Can I trim the tree back?

  • Now that the weather is warmer, I’m exercising outside more often. Some of the sidewalks I jog along are cracked and in poor condition. I don’t want to run in the street, what can I do?

  • Once the weather turns cooler, I’m interested in completing some home repair projects. Do I need a building permit to add a deck or rebuild my old garage?

  • What are the rules for posting signs around town to advertise my upcoming garage sale?

  • What can I do with all these leaves?

  • Where can I ride my skateboard?

  • Who is Responsible for Damage from a Tree Falling onto City Property?

  • Who is responsible for shoveling sidewalks in front of a residence?