The Community Service Officer enforces parking regulations and animal ordinances throughout the City of Newton.
The CSO issues parking citations in the downtown business district and residential areas in all kinds of weather. Parking rounds downtown include monitoring 3-hour parking zones and illegal parking areas, and parking enforcement in residential districts includes addressing abandoned and inoperable vehicle complaints.
The CSO also responds to animal-at-large complaints and issues notice of violations and municipal infractions for city ordinance offenses. The CSO's other duties include picking up found bikes and other property around town, mailing late notices for unpaid parking violations, assisting with traffic enforcement during special events, and helping with other special projects when needed.
Downtown Parking Regulations
The Newton Police Department enforces a 3-hour parking limitation on marked streets in the downtown area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as outlined in the City of Newton Code of Ordinances 70.15.
Violators receive an $15 ticket. A $10 late fee will be added after 30 days.
Parking is now permitted for free in the formerly metered lots.
Winter Parking Regulations
Residential Snow Operations and/or Downtown Snow Operations may be declared during snowstorms.
Residential Snow Operations are declared by the Newton Public Works Superintendent at 2 inches of snow accumulation. Street parking is not allowed on any residential public street or alley until removal operations are complete. Call (641) 791-SNOW to determine whether Residential Snow Operations are in effect.
When Downtown Snow Operations are declared, street parking is prohibited between 2 and 6 a.m. in the Downtown Snow Removal District until removal operations are complete. Said declaration will be made no later than 7 p.m. the night of snow removal operations. Call (641) 792-0411 to determine whether Downtown Snow Operations are in effect.
Violators will receive a $35 ticket. A $10 late fee will be assessed after 30 days.
Paying Parking Tickets
There are three ways to pay your parking ticket:
- Bring the ticket to the Newton Police Department.
- Mail the ticket. We encourage payment by check when paying by mail.
- Deposit the ticket with payment in one of the red boxes located on the east, west and south sides of the courthouse. Red boxes payments are collected by the CSO each weekday.
If you have lost your ticket, front office staff can look it up by either the license plate of the vehicle or your last name if you have received a late letter.