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Building Services

Building Inspections have been in effect since December 1, 2000, and are conducted by the Johnson County Building Inspection Division. Inspections are based on the 2018 International Building Code, 2018 International Residential Code, Iowa State Mechanical Code (2018 IMC), Iowa State Plumbing Code (2018 UPC), Iowa State Electrical Code (2017 NEC) and the Iowa State Energy Code (2012 IECC).

New email for submitting building and construction permit applications and related questions, effective June 5, 2019. Email Permit Application and Questions


Building Permit Application Checklist
Building Permit Fee Schedule
Change of Occupancy Permits
Cold Weather Concrete Policy
Inspection Procedures
Residential Buildings Energy Code Summary
Residential Roof-Mounted Solar PV Form
Solar PV System Checklist

Construction Codes

Johnson County Building Codes
Johnson County Rental Housing Code

Forms & Applications

Building Permit Application
Residential Energy Code Compliance Form
Electrical Permit Application
Mechanical Permit Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Permit Extension Request Form
Request for Hearing Before the Board of Appeals

Residential Handouts

Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings
Residential Accessibility Standards (R320)
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Stair Design
Stairs & Railings
Swimming Pools
Erosion and Sediment Control


Building Permit Data Report - shows building permit applicant, site address, value/fee and description for any given time period

Related Links

Building Energy Code Program
Certified HERS/BPI in Iowa
Greater Iowa City Home Builders Association
International Association of Electrical Inspectors
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
International Code Council
Iowa Association of Building Officials
State of Iowa Electrical Licensing and Inspections