Urban Revitalization Program

Applications are due February 1st

Notice of Public Hearing

The Dubuque City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Dubuque Urban Revitalization Plan on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Click HERE to view the Dubuque Urban Revitalization Area Plan.


The City of Dubuque Urban Revitalization Program, based on Chapter 404 of the Code of Iowa, focuses on the revitalization of residential properties in the community’s older neighborhoods and offers a property tax exemption for new improvements made to qualified residential properties and limited commercial properties.

Owners who upgrade their residential properties located within a designated Urban Revitalization district may receive a 10-year exemption from the property tax liability that would normally accompany numerous property improvements. Owners of commercial properties within the Washington Neighborhood district are eligible for a three-year exemption. 


Applications are due February first of the year following completion of the improvements.  Multi-year projects should consult with the City staff to determine an application schedule.

For additional information, contact the Housing and Community Development Department or call us at 563.589-4230.

District Designation

begins with a petition for designation.  Petitions should be turned in to the Housing & Community Development Department.  To obtain a petition for designation, please contact Alexis Steger at 563-589-4230.

Housing Developers

Housing developers requesting Urban Revitalization Designation to support quality, affordable housing developments should submit petition for designation 60 days prior to application deadline to ensure timely response to the request.  To obtain a petition for designation, please contact Alexis Steger at 563-589-4230.