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Residential Building Permit Applications & Guidelines

Residential Permits
Whatever your planned construction project is, it will probably require an application or permit, a plan check review and one or more inspections. The following information should help you through this process.

What is a Building Permit?
A building permit is a license that grants legal permission to start construction of a building project. Permits allow for the enforcement of the codes that have been adopted as law by a state, county, township or city. Additionally, they provide the means for Code Officials to inspect construction to ensure that minimum standards are met and appropriate materials are used. You have an investment in the home or business you are about to build or remodel, and, when that home or business building does not comply with the codes, your investment may be reduced.

Projects Requiring a Building Permit
A permit is required for any construction that physically changes or adds structure to your property or for work regulated by city codes or ordinances. Applications and guidelines requirements are available to download for the following residential projects requiring permits:

Additional Residential Construction Guidelines (electrical upgrade, handicap ramp, zoning setbacks, smoke & CO detectors, residential SFD stairs, wet basement cleanup)
Minimum Protection Elevation (MPE forms)
Electrical, Mechancial, Plumbing Permit Application Forms

What Do I Need in Order to Obtain a Permit?
In addition to the completed application form, you must also submit a graphic representation of your project. The construction drawings or plans must show all proposed work and detail compliance with all building codes and zoning ordinances that apply to your project. It is a good idea to include as much information as possible as plans of insufficient clarity or detail will be returned without review.

When May I Start Building?
Construction is not allowed until you have obtained the proper permit(s). Once all the necessary application materials have been submitted, it will take the building department approximately 5 business days to review residential applications and 10 to review commercial applications. Once the application has been reviewed, processed and approved and all the fees have been submitted, our department will send the permit via mail.

What if I decide to change my project?
If you want to change your project, submit a revised set of plans to the building department that clearly shows the revisions in relationship to the approved plans. The revisions must be approved by the building inspector.

How much will a permit cost?
Building permit fees are determined by the valuation based on Building Valuation Data compiled by Building Standards. Valuation is determined on a $/sq ft basis or upon a flat rate/sq ft basis. As an example, the permit fee for a 20’ x 22’ garage is $189.00, the fee for a project with a valuation of $2500 is $54.00.
Other permit fees are as follows:

Fence Permit
Sidewalk Permit
Drive Approach Permit
Residential Swimming Pool

How long is the permit active?
Once a permit is issued, it is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. Within 12 months of the permit issue date, construction must be completed and a final inspection requested. If this time period is exceeded, the permit will automatically expire and you will have to apply for an additional permit.

Before you begin a project, it is important that you become familiar with all the City of Ankeny building and zoning regulations that apply to your project. Please remember that the regulations exist for your protection and that the Community Planning & Building Department operates for your benefit.

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Last updated: 11/5/2014 4:11:18 PM