Community Development includes the Department of Building Safety and the Department of Housing. It also includes Planning and Zoning services.Permit Portal
The Community Development portal provides access to the following online services:
If you have questions regarding any of the Portal services, please call (515) 957-5128.
Altoona’s housing code contains provisions which apply to all residential properties that are occupied by a non-owner and requires all non-owner occupied residential properties to have a rental certificate. No owner shall rent, lease, let, or otherwise allow the occupancy of any dwelling or dwelling unit without having a current valid rental certificate.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to make certain that his/her residential rental property has a valid rental certificate. At least thirty days prior to initial occupancy as a rental property, the owner or agent shall apply to the Department of Housing for inspection of the structure and all units therein. Certificates shall be revoked if not renewed within thirty (30) days from the date of expiration.
In order to obtain a rental certificate, a property owner is required to submit a Rental Inspection & Certificate Application to the Department of Housing. An application fee will be due prior to be scheduling a rental inspection. Upon receipt of the owner’s application and fee, the applicant will be contacted schedule an inspection. If the property complies with the provisions of the adopted code, a rental certificate shall be issued. If the inspection discloses the premises does not meet the provisions of the code, then notification to the applicant will be provided, and a re-inspection is required once the violations are corrected.
Single-family and duplex rental certificates are issued for thirty-six (36) months. A certificate will not be issued for a duplex unless both units comply with code. Multiple-family dwelling rental certificates are issued for twenty-four (24) months. A certificate will not be issued unless all dwelling units within the same structure comply with code.
If you have any questions about the Housing Code or about the procedure for obtaining a rental certificate, please call 515-957-5128. We look forward to working with you to provide safe, habitable environment for all occupants of rental properties in the City of Altoona.
|Community Development Applications
Click here to access a fillable PDF form, which can be used for any of the following applications:
|Board of Adjustment Applications
These applications can be submitted directly through the City website. Click the following links to access the online applications:
Make sure you are submitting all the required application materials by viewing the following checklists:
Click here to access the Community Development and Board of Adjustment application fees
Click here to access the schedule for P&Z meetings and application submission deadlines.
Altoona Comprehensive Plan
Learn more about the Altoona Comprehensive Plan on the Community Development Plans & Reports page.
Find a variety of helpful maps on our Map Center page, including a zoning map and TIF district map.