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The mission of the Building Department is to oversee and regulate all construction activities within the corporate limits of Altoona through the adoption and enforcement of nationally recognized standards. As stated in each adopted code, our purpose and intent is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

All residential inspection appointments are scheduled through the front desk by calling 515-957-5128. Inspection requests received between 8:00 and 11:00 am will be scheduled for the following/next day. Any inspection request received after 11:00 am will not be guaranteed an inspection the following day.

The Department accomplishes this mission through regulation of the following codes:

    • 2018 International Building Code
    • 2018 International Existing Building Code
    • 2018 International Residential Code
    • 2018 International Fire Code
    • 2018 International Mechanical Code
    • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
    • 2018 International Plumbing Code
    • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
    • ANSI A117.1-2009
    • 2020 National Electrical Code

2020 Code Updates can be found here: Code Updates

2020 Fee Updates can be found here: Fee Updates

History has proven that without these minimum regulations many lives would be lost prematurely and insurance costs increase. The Building Department has voluntarily agreed to be inspected and reviewed every five years by the insurance industry. This allows insurance providers who participate in the program to offer lower insurance rates to the citizens of Altoona based on the rating the Building Department receives. Our current rating is “3” which is equal to larger communities in the metro area and surpasses others. We work with the Fire Department, as well as the Planning Department, to ensure the Fire Codes and the Zoning Codes are being met. Please feel free to call the contact the Building Department with any questions or concerns you may have.

Copies of our permit reports can be found here: Permit Reports

All permit applications shall be submitted to building@altoona-iowa.com.

Aerial photos for site plans can be found on Polk County GIS.

Building Department Files