This page contains portions of the West Union city ordinances that are most asked about. If you have any questions regarding the City Code of Ordinances contact Sergeant Brent Parker
41.08      Discharging Weapon        
1. It is unlawful for a person to discharge rifles, shotguns, revolvers, pistols, guns, BB guns or other firearms of any kind with the City limits except by written consent of the City Council
2. No person shall intentionally discharge a firearm in a reckless manner. 
    41.09    Throwing and shooting. 
It is unlawful for a person to throw stones, bricks or missiles of any kind, or to shoot arrows, rubber guns, slingshots, air rifles or other dangerous instruments or toys into any street, alley, highway, sidewalk, public way, public ground or public building, without written consent of the City Council.
    41.10  Urinating and defecating.        
It is unlawful for any person to urinate or defecate onto any sidewalk, street, alley or other public way, or onto any public or private building, including but not limited to the wall, floor, hallway, steps, stairway, doorway or window thereof, or onto any public or private land. 
    41.11    Fireworks Permits
The City may, upon application in writing, grant a permit for the display of fireworks by a City agency, fair associations, amusement parks and other organizations or groups of individuals approved by City authorities when such fireworks display will be handled by a competent operator. no permit shall be granted hereunder unless the operator or sponsoring organization has filed with the City evidence of insurance in the following amounts:
 Personal Injury: .......... $250,000.00 per person
Property Damage: ........ $50,000.00
Total Exposure: ........... $1,000,000.00
    51.02    Junk and Junked Vehicles Prohibited    
It is unlawful for any person to store, accumulate, or allow to remain on any private property within the corporate limits of the City any junk or junk vehicle.
    51.03    Junk And Junk Vehicles a Nuisance
It is hereby declared that any junk or junk vehicle located upon private property, unless excepted by Section 51.04, constitutes a threat to the health and safety of the citizens and is a nuisance within the meaning of Section 67511 of the Code of Iowa. If any junk or junk vehicle is kept upon private property in violation hereof, the owner of or person occupying the property upon which it is located shall be prima facie liable for said violation. 
    51.04    Exceptions
The provisions of this chapter do not apply to any junk or a junk vehicle stored within:
1. Structure.  A garage or other enclosed structure; or
2. Salvage Yard. An auto salvage yard or junk yard lawfully operated within the City.                             
            Animal Control
    55.07    At Large
It is unlawful for any owner to allow an animal to run at large with the corporate city limits of the City.
    55.08    Damage or Interference
It is unlawful for the owner of an animal to allow or permit such animal to pass upon the premises of another thereby casing damage to, or interference with, the premises.
    55.09    Annoyance or Disturbance
It is unlawful for the owner of a dog to allow or permit such dog to cause serious annoyance or disturbance to any person or persons by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking, or otherwise; or, by running after or chasing persons, bicycles, automobiles or other vehicles.
    55.11    Rabies Vaccination
Every owner of a dog shall obtain a rabies vaccination for such animal. It is unlawful for any person to won or have a dog in said person's possession, six months of age or over, which has not been vaccinated against rabies. Dogs kept in kennels and not allowed to run at large are not subject to these vaccination requirements.
    55.14    At large: Impoundment
Animals found at large in violation of this chapter shall be seized and impounded, or at the discretion of the peace officer, the owner may be served a summons to appear before a proper court to answer charges made there under.
The animal control code section is a very large section of the city code. Not all sections are published on this web page, nor is all information on junk and junked vehicles published here. The codes published on this page are the one's that the Police Dept. deals with the most. For more information on these codes contact Sergeant Brent Parker at