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Plan on ringing in 2020 with fireworks?

Become familiar with fireworks laws in Johnson County

IOWA CITY– New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Those planning to ring in 2020 by lighting up the night sky should familiarize themselves with fireworks laws in Johnson County.
It is illegal to set off fireworks anywhere in unincorporated areas of Johnson County without a permit. Any person intending to set off certain fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County must obtain a permit from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. A completed application should be provided to the Board of Supervisors Office at least 14 days before the anticipated display.
Retail sale, wholesale, and storage of consumer and display fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County must be located on parcels zoned MH-Heavy Industrial, as defined by the Unified Development Ordinance, and may be subject to certain supplemental conditions.
Fireworks displays, sales or storage within the limits of an incorporated municipality are governed by the ordinances of said city, not the Board of Supervisors. Contact the appropriate city hall or fire department for questions. Johnson County incorporated municipalities include Coralville, Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oxford, Shueyville, Solon, Swisher, Tiffin and University Heights.
Applications for a fireworks permit and more information are available at www.johnson-county.com/fireworks. Questions regarding fireworks display permits for unincorporated areas of Johnson County can be directed to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors Office at 319-356-6000 or applications@co.johnson.ia.us. Questions regarding fireworks sales and storage in unincorporated parts of Johnson County can be directed to Johnson County Planning, Development and Sustainability at 319-356-6083 or pds@co.johnson.ia.us.