County Office Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drivers License Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Public Health Services Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court Hours

M W F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
T Th 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista County, Iowa - Beautiful View

Contact Recorder

Shari L. Willer O'Bannon

Deputy Recorder:
Jo Fitchett

Cindy Rodrigo

Sue Speers

BV County Recorder
215 E. 5th
P.O. Box 454
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

P: (712) 213-7430

F: (712) 749-2708

M-F: 8 am - 4:30 pm

Time of Transfer Groundwater Inspection Law

Property Transfers to require groundwater inspections

The Iowa "Time of Transfer" inspection requirement will become effective July 1, 2009.  Information on the requirements for inspections can be found within Chapter 69, Private Sewage Disposal Systems, specifically Sec. 567-69.2 (455.B). 

All properties that are going to be sold and/or transferred that include a private wastewater treatment and/or water supply must have these facilities inspected by the Buena Vista County Health Department or a certified inspector licensed by the Iowa DNR, and any deficiencies addressed before the sale/transfer takes place. The inspections and statements must be recorded with the Buena Vista County Recorders Office at the time of legal transfer. Please refer to the instructions listed here for details on what defines a "transfer" governed by this policy.

New Forms for Property Transfers

Effective July 1, 2009 the State of Iowa that the following reports, if applicable to be recorded with this office at the time of Property Transfer.

  • Groundwater Hazard Form (if applicable)
  • Time of Transfer Inspection Report
  • Time of Transfer Binding Acknowledgement
  • Time of Transfer Demolition Waiver (if applicable)