When a site is listed on the Registry, a notice of listing is recorded in the county recorders office and becomes part of the property chain of title. Iowa Code section 455B.430 prohibits (1) any "substantial change" in the use of a listed property without prior written approval by the Director of the Iowa DNR; and (2) any sale, conveyance or transfer of title to the property without the Director's prior approval. Property owners should submit a written request for approval to the Director of the Iowa DNR explaining the planned change in use or the proposed sale of the property. The Director is required to respond within thirty days. Property owners may appeal an adverse decision of the Director and request an administrative hearing. See Iowa Code section 455B.430(3).
If the Director has reason to believe there has been a substantial change in use or sale without prior approval, an action may be filed in Iowa District Court to enjoin the activity and assess a penalty up to $1,000 per day of violation.