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June 21, 2018 Fireworks laws in Johnson County
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It is illegal to set off fireworks in unincorporated areas of Johnson County without a permit. A completed application should be submitted to the Board of Supervisors office at least 14 days before the anticipated display.

Retail sale, wholesale, and storage of consumer and display fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County must be located in areas zoned MH-Heavy Industrial, as defined by the Unified Development Ordinance, and may be subject to certain supplemental conditions.

Fireworks displays, sales or storage within the limits of an incorporated municipality are governed by the ordinances of that city, not the Board of Supervisors. Contact the appropriate city hall or fire department for questions.

Johnson County incorporated municipalities include Coralville, Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oxford, Shueyville, Solon, Swisher, Tiffin and University Heights.

“Last year the Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement responded to hundreds of complaints about fireworks,” Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said. “This is a large demand on our resources and pulls us away from other more important duties. I am hopeful that after a year the public will be better educated on the legal and appropriate use of fireworks in Johnson County.”

Applications for a fireworks permit and more information are available at Questions regarding fireworks display permits for unincorporated areas of Johnson County can be directed to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors Office at 319-356-6000 or

Questions regarding fireworks sales and storage in unincorporated parts of Johnson County can be directed to Johnson County Planning, Development and Sustainability at 319-356-6083 or

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