You and the Property Management Section
In this brochure, four basic areas of service are identified that many individuals regularly use.
- Sales of state-owned improvements (houses, buildings, etc.)
- Leasing of state-owned real estate
- Assistance provided to local governments
This brochure is designed to provide general information. The property management staff looks forward to answering more specific and/or technical questions. For further information, please contact:
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Property Management Section
Office of Right of Way
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Disposal of state-owned assets
- Land — with improvements.
- Land — without improvements.
Land (with or without improvements)
Iowa Code § 306.23 specifies how unused right of way is to be disposed. The owner(s) of the land at the time of acquisition and the present owner(s) of the adjacent property from which the tract was originally acquired will be given the first opportunity to make offers. These parties have 60 days after notification by the Iowa DOT to make offers. Offers that equal or exceed the market value of the property will be given preference.
Should the DOT not receive an offer equal to or higher than market value, the DOT may proceed with disposal through other means.
The DOT may then offer the local public agencies an opportunity to purchase the property. Should the DOT not receive an offer equal to or higher than the market value from a local public agency within 30 days, the DOT may then offer the property to abutting property owners.
An abutting property owner is one that can step from their property to the subject property without stepping over or through any other property they don't own. These property owners will also be given 30 days to make an offer to buy. Should the DOT not receive an offer equal to or higher than the market value, the DOT may then choose to put the parcel up for sale at public auction.
Prior to or during the sale, property managers may hold an "Open House" so that any interested individual may inspect the property.
Frequently asked questions about disposal of state-owned assets
The Iowa DOT often utilizes landscaping that has been acquired for other official uses.
Leasing state property
The property management section leases several different types of properties. A few of the types of properties leased include:
- Agriculture (row crop, pasture, etc.)
- Parking lots
Leases are entered into on forms prepared by the Iowa DOT. Laws or regulations mandate some of the lease terms; however, some of the terms may be negotiable.
The Iowa DOT leases properties throughout the state of Iowa. If you are interested in a specific type of property, please call for further information.
Frequently asked questions about leasing state property
The property management section looks forward to discussing individual situations with you.
The Iowa DOT may require the tenant to maintain liability insurance on some types of properties.
Local public agencies
The local public agency coordinators strive to ensure that local projects remain eligible for state and federal funding. The coordinators also assist local governments to ensure that laws and regulations are adhered to and the members of the public affected are treated fairly.
Local government officials may reach the coordinators through the property management section at 515-239-1300.