Iowa Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information
What is Iowa Building Code Current Editions?
- 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
- 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
- 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
- 2020 National Electric Code (NEC)
- 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
- 2012 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 also enforced for hospitals and other health care facilitates
According to the ICC, the Iowa Code with amendments is based on the 2015 IBC, IRC and IEBC except for the IMC which is the 2018 edition and the IECC which is the 2012 edition for state owned and rented structures.. The State Fire Code with amendments is based on the 2015 IFC and IBC Chapters 2-7. The IFC and IECC are required for all construction. Iowa is a home-rule state and local jurisdictions are not required to adopt the most current version of the Iowa Code.
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): LIMITED
The Building Code Bureau performs plan reviews for all State-owned buildings. In addition, all non-State-owned building that are constructed with State appropriated funds, if built in an area without an adopted and enforced local building code are required to be reviewed. If the building is not State owned, additions, renovations and repairs are excluded from this plan review requirement.
In addition, plan reviews are required for compliance with State Fire Marshal Rules for any education building or facility serving kindergarten through twelfth grade, any college or university building or facility, any child care facility, any correctional facility or any gaming facility.
In Electrical Code, Iowa is an example of a state that has statewide adoption with amendments. For example, the Iowa board voted to retain several GFCI amendments from the NEC-2011 and voted to eliminate some of the AFCI requirements from 210.12(D) and 406.4(D)(4).
Iowa Building Code Agency
|State Licensing||Licensing for plumbers and electricians is done at the local level. No state license for general contracting, however, all businesses must register with the state.|
|State Building Code||Iowa has adopted a set of codes for state-owned buildings. This is a home rule state and local jurisdiction can choose to adopt or not adopt any codes. Iowa has no mandatory statewide building codes.|
|State Licensing Division||https://www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/index.html|
|State Fire Marshall||https://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/|
|State Environmental Permit||https://www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/default.asp|
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