Urban Revitalization Program

Applications are due December 10th

Dubuque City Council Approved New Urban Revitalization Area

In an effort to improve housing and building conditions in downtown Dubuque, the City Council recently voted to combine and expand the city’s existing urban revitalization areas into one district covering all of downtown Dubuque.  As a result of the expansion, more Dubuque residents will be eligible for a tax break if they improve their property.

This expanded area will qualify for tax exemptions on value added to a property through improvements starting December 20th, 2019. 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 December 10th, 2019 for any improvements completed in 2018 or 2019 in the current Urban Revitalization Districts.
For additional information, contact the Housing and Community Development Department or call us at 563.589-4239. 

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.