Building Inspection Services is a part of the Development Services Division within Neighborhood and Development Services. Building Inspection Services is responsible for enforcement of all codes and ordinances regulating the protection of the public health, safety and general welfare as it relates to the built environment and maintenance of existing structures.

Issuing all permits for new construction, additions, alterations, repairs and signs is one of the key functions of Building Inspection Services.

Building Inspection Services enforces the following construction codes:

City Code: The complete Iowa City Code can be found here
In addition to the above codes, Building Inspection Services enforces the Zoning, Sign, Nuisance, Weed, Noise, Graffiti, Site Plan Review, Floodplain Management and Construction Site Runoff Ordinances. Enforcement of snow and ice removal from public sidewalks is also a responsibility of Building Inspection Services.

Notice: Building inspections in occupied structures will resume Monday, August 10, 2020 with COVID-19 protocol. If you have any questions call 319-356-5120 or email