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:

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

Design Criteria

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