Building & Zoning

Building and Zoning Department SealMission

The Building and Zoning Department provides quality service to the community in a manner that is comprehensive, efficient, and knowledgeable. We continue our commitment to excellent public safety and quality of life, by building strong relationships and partnerships with residents, businesses, and the development communities; through innovative programming, technology, and the enforcement of the highest standards of codes.


The goal of the Building and Zoning Department is to provide excellent public service, by expanding broadening, and enhancing communication with our customers, while maintaining a comprehensive countywide construction and code enforcement program.


The County has adopted and will maintain the State of Iowa Building Codes as Follows:

  • (All local amendments and codes as pertinent)
  • 2014 National Electrical Code
  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2015 International Existing Bldg Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code

Design Criteria

  • Decay: Slight to Moderate
  • Frost Line Depth: 42-inches below finish grade
  • Ground Snow Load: 30 pounds per square foot
  • Seismic Design Category: B
  • Termite: Moderate to Heavy
  • Weathering Probability for Concrete: Severe
  • Wind Speed: 90 miles per hour for a 3-second gust /Exposure C
  • Winter Design Temperature: -5 degrees