Official Howard County, Iowa website, the main site for all things related to County Government in Howard County, Iowa. Courthouse located in Cresco, Iowa.

Welcome to Howard County, Iowa!  

Howard County Courthouse, located in Cresco, Iowa

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Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco, IA 52136

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Howard County is working on a new mobile friendly content management system website! Please be advised that our site will be updated within the next 30 days.
To obtain a fireworks permit for shooting fireworks in the rural areas:
You must fill out a fireworks permit application and provide a copy of your liability insurance on the property you are shooting them on. This must be presented to the Howard County Board of Supervisors at one of their regular meetings in advance to you wanting to shoot the fireworks off. If you wish to obtain a permit, please provide the required documents to the Howard County Auditorís Office at 137 N Elm St Cresco, IA 52136 so this may be added to the Howard County Board of Supervisors agenda. The deadline for adding items to the Howard County Board of Supervisors agenda is on Fridays by 2:30 p.m. to be acted upon at the following weeks meetings. Any questions, please feel free to contact the Howard County Auditorís Office at 563-547-9203
Click here for the Fireworks Permit Application


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