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City of Adel Code of Ordinances

The Municipal Code of the City of Adel (see link above) is published online as a convenience to citizens.

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of material published online, citizens are advised the only official edition of the Code is the printed version maintained by the City Clerk at Adel City Hall. Please note there may have been amendments, supplements, additions, or deletions to this Code made subsequent to the last update. For more information, please contact City Hall at (515) 993-4525.

In addition to the City Code, the City of Adel has adopted the Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (or SUDAS) family of design and specification guidelines.

The Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University maintains Iowa’s SUDAS manuals for public improvements. Developing and maintaining Iowa’s unique SUDAS manuals is the result of a lengthy and painstaking effort by more than 300 stakeholders across the state.

Some of the advantages of using SUDAS include uniform public improvements standards (e.g., similar sidewalk ramps) from town to town. By using standard designs and specifications, Iowa’s cities have uniformity of urban design and specifications across the state, reducing contractor confusion and mistakes due to differing specifications.

If you are involved in a public improvement project in Adel and want to know what our design standards are you can start by looking up the specifications from SUDAS at

Please check with City staff prior to starting any project, as City policies may change from time to time.

2014 City of Adel Zoning Map