Addresses and information on Iowa small claims courts and filings.

A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a certain amount of money with another person, company or government agency.

The amount that could be recovered is limited, and it varies from state to state (usually from $1,500 to 10,000 Dollars.)

Most common claims in small claims courts involve:

  • Auto Accidents - Someone dents your vehicle and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Small Loans - Someone refuses to pay you back the money he/she borrowed.
  • Defected New Products - Your new chair breaks but the store will not fix it or return your money.
  • Poor Services Rendered - A dry cleaning company ruins your favorite dress and will not pay for or replace it.
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues - The property owner or landlord refuses to return your security deposit, even after certifying the place was left in in good condition.

Things to bring to court:

Original copies of all papers you need to help prove the case (contracts, letters, rental agreements, canceled checks, deeds, repair bills, IOUs, diagrams, written damage estimates, photographs or even drawings.)

2 photocopies of every original document. (one for the defendant, one for the court)

The piece of clothing or the appliance damaged by the defendant, if that's the case.

Any witness that could help the case. Some judges allow notarized statements by witness that cannot appear in court.

Small Claims Courts Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the minor.)
  • Be of sound mind or mentally competent. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the incapacitated.)
  • United States citizen and non-citizens can use the small claims court.
  • There are no juries in small claims courts.
  • No objections are allowed.
  • Either the plaintiff (the person who is suing) or the defendant (the person being sued) are allowed to speak with an attorney before coming to court, but lawyers are not allowed in the court with you. You must be a Pro Se litigant (represent yourself.)

Hearing dates are usually set on some evenings or on Saturday (once a month.)

Hearing is scheduled within 40 days in most cases (up to 70 days if one litigant does not live in the same county).


Floyd County Small Claims Crt 101 S Main St Charles City, IA 50616-2746 Phone:(641) 228-7778

Boone County Small Claims Crt 201 State St Boone, IA 50036-3922 Phone:(515) 433-0561

Butler County Small Claims Crt 428 6th St Allison, IA 50602-7771 Phone:(319) 267-2733

Calhoun Cnty Small Claims Crt 416 4th St Rockwell City, IA 50579 Phone:(712) 297-8122

Johnson Cnty Small Claims Crt 417 S Clinton St Iowa City, IA 52240-4108 Phone:(319) 339-6100

Mills County Small Claims Crt Court HouseGlenwood,IA51534 Phone:(712) 527-4880

Buchanan Cnty Small Claims Crt PO Box 298 Independence, IA 50644-0298 Phone:(319) 334-4259

Shelby County Small Claims Crt 612 Court St Harlan, IA 51537-1464 Phone:(712) 755-5543

Small Claims 411 Expansion Blvd Storm Lake, IA 50588-3512 Phone:(712) 749-2553

Story County Small Claims Crt 515 Clark Ave Ames, IA 50010-6122 Phone:(515) 239-5140

Webster Cnty Small Claims Crt 701 Central Ave Fort Dodge, IA 50501-3808 Phone:(515) 576-7115

Polk County Clerk of District Court Iowa-In and for Polk Co Des Moines, IA 50301 Phone:(515) 286-3310

Scott County Clerk of Court 400 W 4th St Davenport, IA 52801 Phone:(563) 326-8648

Woodbury County District Court 620 Douglas St Sioux City, IA 51101-1247 Phone:(712) 279-6612
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