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Q. When do I need a building permit?
A. The City of Crete requires building permits if you plan to construct, erect, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building or dwelling. Some examples would be replacing a water heater, furnace or air conditioner.
Q. Where do I get a building permit?
A. Permits are issued through the Building Inspector's office on the 1st floor of Crete City Hall at 243 East 13th Street. Permits can be downloaded from this site.
Q. Why get a building permit?
A. The Building Inspector will do inspections to make sure construction codes are adhered to for the health and safety of the owner and the general public.
Q. How long does it take to get a permit?
A. Simple permits like a fence or shed usually can be issued immediately. Permits for homes and larger commercial projects need to be reviewed and could take from 1 to 10 days.
Q. What do I need to bring to get a building permit?
A. A plan showing the 4 corners of your lot and the location you are putting the building or addition. If it’s a new home or commercial building we need 3 copies of the plan with construction details. You’ll also need to fill out a building permit form, which can be obtained online or in the Building Inspector’s office.
Q. Do I need a permit to build a fence or a garden shed?
A. Yes, there are building codes that determine where you place them and the size they can be.
Q. Do I need a permit for a sign?
A. Yes, the city has regulations on sign placement, types and sizes.
Q. Can I have construction or landscaping materials placed on my street, sidewalk or in the alley during a project?
A. City code states rock, gravel, dirt, construction material, litter, and/or containers thereof cannot be placed upon any street, alley, right-of-way, or sidewalk without prior permission from the Department of Public Works.
Find more information from the Building Inspector's Office.
City of Crete
Departments of Public Works
Solid Waste Department
& No-Sort Recycling Program
City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
Public Works: 402.826.4312
The Garbage Company: 1.800.322.4272
Public Works Directory
The City of Crete garbage and no-sort recycling collection is provided to Crete residents by The Garbage Company once a week for each garbage and recycling. Garbage totes are 65 or 95 gallon; a 32 gallon residential recycling tote is provided free of charge. With the No-Sort Recycling Program customers are not required to sort recyclable items. (Please see list of accepted recyclable items). The Garbage Company offers an optional yard service from April 1 to Nov. 30 for the disposal of yard waste.
(Large garbage items and yard waste: The Transfer Station/Landfill on North Boswell is open twice a week for disposal of larger loads of household trash and items (for a fee) or free disposal of yard waste and metal/iron. Click here for Transfer Station information.)
Weekly Collection Schedules:
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12th Street and Kingwood/Linden Ave.
City Park is located on the south side of City Hall, bordered by 12th Street from Kingwood to Linden Ave. There are restrooms, greenspace and a large playground, which includes slides, swing sets, a teeter totter, circular climbing tower and a large play structure. City Park is also home to several historic features which highlight the park as a beautiful and well-used community space.(Go to Parks and Recreation Department Main Page)
The fountain at the southwest corner of the park was originally dedicated on Nov. 13, 1915 as a gift from the Bohemian Ladies Park Club. It was manufactured by J.L. Mott Iron Works in New York City with a basin, two bowls, and a Grecian maiden statue called the “Goddess of Liberty,” holding a lighted globe.
The fountain was rededicated in October 2015 after vandals nearly destroyed it a year earlier. The fountain was restored for placement in a new, larger basin with a walkway and benches, insuring it continues to be a well-loved icon of Crete and City Park.
The bandstand in City Park was constructed in the summer of 1924, in time for an August concert by the 110th Medical Regiment Band, which formed in Crete the same year.
The bandstand continues to be the centerpiece of many family and community events held in City Park, including Crete Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, visits by Crete Elementary and St. James school classes, meals and gatherings.
Veterans Monument & Sherman Tank
The City Park veterans area, at the northwest corner and south of the Post Office, includes the M4 Sherman tank and a place to honor local veterans with recognition bricks.
The Veterans Monument took shape in 2018 with decorative, stamped concrete around the tank and the construction of two oversized, wooden easels and concrete frames in which bricks are placed. (Recognition brick order forms are available at the Utility Office at City Hall or can be downloaded and printed here.) Read more about the Veterans Monument.
The Sherman tank was originally placed in the park in July 1960 by members of the National Guard. Maintenance in recent years was performed by guard members from the Combined Support Maintenance Shop at the Lincoln National Guard base.
About 50,000 M4’s were produced during WWII and Crete’s is an M4A3E8 produced in 1944. Many tanks of this configuration also served throughout the Korean Conflict. The tank was repainted to reflect its accurate service numbers and insignia.
Living Christmas Tree
The first Living Christmas Tree in Crete was placed on the north side of the current library in 1923 to promote a giving spirit all year long, a concept created by Crete resident Florence Hazen Miller. The idea persevered as several trees replaced the original over the years. Crete community members rededicated a new tree in December of 2012 in City Park.
Miller’s idea later reached the wife of President Calvin Coolidge and a National Christmas Tree was planted on the White House lawn in 1925. Many trees have been distributed around the world as a symbol of peace and unity.
The City Park rose garden is located along Linden Ave.
"Of Nebraska" Heart
The heart sculpture was part of a public art project, Nebraska By Heart, for which dozens of hearts were painted or adorned with designs by artists and citizens from around the state and auctioned for charity in October 2017. The heart was placed in City Park in May 2018 in the circular area once occupied by the fountain.
Michelle Hrbek's design features twelve women portraying cultures and ethnic groups, which relate to the state’s pioneering heritage and present day immigration. The women remain faceless to allow viewers the opportunity to see themselves within the representation. Hrbek teaches art at Lincoln Northeast High School and her husband’s parents are former Crete educators.
241 East 13th Street
Second Floor Council Chambers
The City of Crete is divided into three wards for City Council representation. Each ward is represented by two members of the City Council and has a separate polling place for elections. The wards are determined by population and approved by the City Council after each official census.
Crete City Council members: