The City is unique in the fact that they own their own electric utility, thus being able to pass on electric rates at a very competitive price to their customers. They serve approximately 370 electric customers. The power is supplied to the city through a contract with Western Power Administration/U.S. Department of Energy, and supplemental energy purchased from Missouri River Energy Services. Utilities require a $150 deposit. Any questions, contact City Hall at 544-2404.  For Utility rebates go to

100% of the community is served by the cityssewer system. The system
consists of a 4-cell lagoon; enhanced by one lift station with a 350,000 gallon capacity.

The city recently completed a $800,000 water treatment plant which includes a new 100,000 gallon ground storage tank. The city serves approximately 350 meters with an emergency back-up source supplied by Regional Water. The system also has a 60,000 gallon elevated storage capacity; with the source of water coming from several shallow wells. The average consumption is 60,000 gallons per day. Contact City Hall at 544-2404 for questions.

Garbage pick up is every Monday. R & S Waste is the service provider for Shelby. R & S Waste will pick up, up to 4 cans. For additional pickups please click here to contact R & S Waste Systems or call 800-730-3471. If your garbage day falls on one of the following Holidays, you're pick up day will be one day delay:  New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Walnut Telephone Company provides cable service to the city offering
34 channels plus 4 premium channels. Contact 888-784-2211.

Phone and Internet Service
Walnut Communications Provides Phone and Internet Services to the city. Contact 712-784-2211
IA Telecom Provides Phone and Internet Services to the city. Contact 877-901-4692

Building Permits
Building Application permits are available at City Hall at the cost of $50.

Cemetery Plots
Please contact Dave Robinson at 712-544-2626 (Days)

Building Rental

Depot -402 Station Street  $50.00 a day- Contact City Hall to reserve 712-544-2404

Community Building - 500 East Street Contact Cec Haynes 712-404-8028,  $150 $75 Rental $75 Deposit, will receive Deposit back if Cleaned

Shelby Fire Station-402 Center Contact Fire Chief - Ron Kroll 402-689-3705


Shelby Volunteer Fire Department

Shelby's Volunteer Fire Department is very active in the community. The Shelby Fire Department provides services for Shelby and the surrounding area.


Shelby Fire and Rescue 
402 Center Street
Shelby, Iowa 51570
Phone: 712.544.2404

Who We Are

We are a group of Men and Women who reside in the Shelby - Tennant area who are dedicated to serving the Citizens in and around the area of Shelby Iowa. We respond to emergencies such as Fires, Medical Emergencies, Vehicle Accidents and other emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take pride in What we do and Who we serve. We have several fundraisers throughout the year to help fund our operation costs and any equipment that may need repaired or replaced. Every year, we answer approximately 80 calls for help from our neighbors.

Current Fundraisers


 We are always actively seeking new members . We are looking for interested persons wanting to lend a hand to their neighbors. The Shelby Fire Department has regularly scheduled meetings for training and business every month. There are also committees and fundraisers that need staffed as well as calls for service. The members are expected to respond to as much of the activities as they can and expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the By-laws of the Fire Department. We would love to contact you and give you more information. Please contact the Fire Chief at any of the means listed on this site.


The Shelby Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1892 by a group of Shelby citizens who were concerned because of neighbors that had lost many barns and homes in the area. After a particularly large fire in a neighboring town, the group went into action and raised enough money to purchase a water pump that was pulled on a hand cart. Eventually, the group bought a team of horses. That team of horses was sold to purchase the first engine powered fire truck for Shelby. Over the years, Volunteers have proudly served the Shelby area. Today We have five response vehicles including an Ambulance. We also have an antique fire truck that was used in Shelby. Today, it is shown in parades and other public events to remind us and the community that we do have a proud tradition of service and that we intend to keep it for years to come.

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