Design Guidelines

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 Architectural Guidelines Manual

Architectural Guidelines
Architectural guidelines provide guidance for residents and property owners in making historically appropriately improvements to the exterior of their buildings. The guidelines are a tool for residents wanting to learn more about historic buildings and best approaches toward their repair, maintenance and rehabilitation.

Port of Dubuque Master Plan and Design Standards
Development and redevelopment of existing sites in the Port of Dubuque Riverfront District must comply with the Design Standards of the Master Plan. The Design Standards address both the Built Form and the Public Realm. These standards apply to new and existing buildings, structures, facilities, sites and vessels.
 Port of Dubuque Master Plan
 Downtown Design Guidelines

Downtown Design Guidelines
The Downtown Design Guidelines address exterior architectural design as well as streetscape and landscape design. They apply to exterior alterations, additions, or the rehabilitation of existing buildings as well as new structures and parking lots. The Downtown Design Guidelines apply to private and public improvement projects in the project area financed in whole or in part by public funds.  

Old Town Neighborhood Overlay District Guidelines

It is recognized that the older areas of Dubuque primarily in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods require site design standards that respect the historic context of their development. Old Town Neighborhood (OTN) design guidelines enable property owners to renovate, redevelop or expand their businesses or buildings within a framework compatible to their neighborhood character and surrounding environs.
 Old Town Neighborhood District Overlay Design Guidelines

If you need assistance, don't hesitate to contact the Planning Services Department via phone: 563.589.4210; fax: (563) 589-4210; e-mail:; mail: 50 W. 13th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 or by clicking here to to fill out a service request.