The following are limitations upon the powers of a city:
1. A city council shall exercise a power only by the passage of a motion, a resolution, an amendment, or an ordinance.
2. A city shall not provide a penalty in excess of a five hundred dollar fine or in excess of thirty days imprisonment for the violation of an ordinance. An amount equal to ten percent of all fines collected by cities shall be deposited in the account established in section 602.8108. However, one hundred percent of all fines collected by a city pursuant to section 321.236, subsection 1, shall be retained by the city. The criminal penalty surcharge required by section 911.2 shall be added to a city fine and is not a part of the city's penalty.
3. A city may not set standards and requirements which are lower or less stringent than those imposed by state law, but may set standards and requirements which are higher or more stringent than those imposed by state law, unless a state law provides otherwise.
4. A city may not levy a tax unless specifically authorized by a state law.
5. A city shall not adopt or enforce any ordinance imposing any registration or licensing system or registration or license fees for owner-occupied mobile homes including the lots or lands upon which they are located. A city shall not adopt or enforce any ordinance imposing any registration or licensing system, or registration or license fees, or safety or sanitary standards for rental mobile homes unless similar registration or licensing system, or registration or license fees, or safety or sanitary standards are required for other rental properties intended for human habitation. This subsection does not preclude the investigation and abatement of a nuisance or the enforcement of a tiedown system, or the enforcement of any regulations of the state or local board of health if those regulations apply to other rental properties or to owner-occupied housing intended for human habitation.
6. A city shall not provide a civil penalty in excess of five hundred dollars for the violation of an ordinance which is classified as a municipal infraction or if the infraction is a repeat offense, a civil penalty not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars for each repeat offense. A municipal infraction is not punishable by imprisonment.
7. A city which operates a cable communications system shall manage the right-of-way on a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory basis. Additionally, a city-operated cable communications system shall be required to pay the same fees and charges and comply with other requirements as may be imposed by the city by ordinance or by the terms of a franchise granted by the city, or as may otherwise be imposed by the city, upon any other cable provider. This subsection does not prohibit a city from making an equitable apportionment of franchise requirements between or among cable television providers, in order to eliminate duplication. This subsection shall not be construed to prohibit a city-operated cable communications system from making transfers of surplus as otherwise allowed or from making in-kind contributions as otherwise allowed.
8. a. A city may adopt and enforce an ordinance requiring the construction of a storm shelter at a mobile home park which is constructed after July 1, 1999. In lieu of requiring construction of a storm shelter, a city may require a park owner to provide a plan for the evacuation of park residents to a safe place of shelter in times of severe weather including tornadoes and high winds if the city determines that a safe place of shelter is available within a reasonable distance of the mobile home park for use by park residents. Each evacuation plan prepared pursuant to this subsection shall be filed with, and approved by, the local emergency management agency. If construction of a storm shelter is required, an ordinance adopted or enforced pursuant to this subsection shall not include any of the following requirements:
(1) That the size of the storm shelter be larger than the equivalent of seven square feet for each mobile home space in the mobile home park.
(2) That the storm shelter include a restroom if the shelter is used exclusively as a storm shelter.
(3) That the storm shelter exceed the construction specifications approved by a licensed professional engineer and presented by the owner of the mobile home park.
b. For the purposes of this subsection:
(1) "Mobile home park" means a mobile home park as defined in section 562B.7.
(2) "Storm shelter" means a single structure or multiple structures designed to provide persons with temporary protection from a storm.
9. A city shall not adopt or enforce any ordinance imposing any limitation on the amount of rent that can be charged for leasing private residential or commercial property. This subsection does not prevent the right of a city to manage and control residential property in which the city has a property interest.
[R60, § 1071-1073, 1095; C73, § 482, 524; C97, § 668, 680, 947; S13, § 668; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 5663, 5714, 6720; C46, 50, § 363.36, 366.1, 420.31; C54, 58, 62, § 366.1, 368A.1(10), 420.31; C66, 71, 73, § 366.1, 368.2, 368A.1(10), 420.31; C75, 77, 79, 81, § 364.3]
83 Acts, ch 123, § 171, 209; 84 Acts, ch 1219, § 31; 85 Acts, ch 195, § 44; 86 Acts, ch 1202, § 1; 86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1118; 94 Acts, ch 1074, §4; 98 Acts, ch 1144, §3; 99 Acts, ch 33, §1; 99 Acts, ch 153, §9; 99 Acts, ch 186, §2; 2000 Acts, ch 1083, §2; 2000 Acts, ch 1203, §20
Referred to in § 331.427, 364.22, 455B.192
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