Auctions and Auctioneers

Auctions are a popular method for buying and selling goods by offering them up for bid and selling the item to the highest bidder.    Auctioneers are required to be licensed and bonded to work in the City of Ottumwa.

See the full code section for all the requirements and restrictions.

Download the Auctioneer’s License application form, or see the Ottumwa City Clerk’s office for copy.


* Did you know that during the Civil War, goods seized by the army were sold at public auction by the Colonel of the division.    Today, auctioneers are sometimes called by the nickname “Colonel” in honor of this practice.