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Iowa Building Codes


This building codes section is undergoing maintenance. For the most up-to-date building codes, you can go directly to http://www.iccsafe.org

Building Codes References

Iowa has adopted a new state building code, referencing the 2009 International Building Code. The new code became effective on January 1, 2010.

Iowa's codes below apply only to state-owned buildings and in areas that adopt the State Building Codes, unless otherwise indicated.
Code TypeCode ModelAmendment Contact
Building/Dwelling CodeIBC 2009 and IRC 2009Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online [Iowa Administrative Code (661 IAC)]
Structural CodeIBC 2009Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online [Iowa Administrative Code (661 IAC)]
Plumbing CodeIowa State Plumbing Code (Rule 641, Ch. 25)(2009 Uniform Plumbing Code)Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online
Mechanical CodeIMC 2009Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online [Iowa Administrative Code (661 IAC)]
Electrical CodeNEC 2008Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online [Iowa Administrative Code (661 IAC)]
Fire/Life Safety CodeIFC 2009, IBC 2009, Chapters 2-7, Sect. 804 & 805Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online [Iowa Administrative Code (661 IAC)]
Accessibility CodeIowa Code Rules 661-302.1 through 302.11 (103A, 104A)(based on ADAAG)Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online [Chapter 302, Iowa Administrative Code (661 IAC)]
Applies statewide to new construction, renovation, and rehabilitation projects on existing buildings and facilities when local or state building codes require compliance with standards for new construction.
Energy CodeInternational Energy Conservation Code 2009Building Code Bureau, (515) 725-6145 and Online [Iowa Administrative Code (661 IAC)]
Applies to all new construction

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

Authorities Having Jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction).
Jurisdictional AreaContact
StructuralState Building Code Bureau
Phone: (515) 725-6145
PlumbingState Building Code Bureau
Phone: (515) 725-6145
MechanicalState Building Code Bureau
Phone: (515) 725-6145
ElectricalState Building Code Bureau
Phone: (515) 725-6145
AccessibilityState Building Code Bureau
Phone: (515) 725-6145
Building InspectorW. Stuart Crine
Building Code Commissioner
Phone: (515) 725-6145
Plan ReviewState Building Code Bureau
Phone: (515) 725-6145
Historic PreservationJack Porter
Preservation Consultant
Phone: (515) 242-6152
EnergyEnergy Bureau, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
Phone: (515) 281-5918
EnvironmentalBarbara Lynch
Bureau Chief, Environmental Services, Iowa Dept. o
Phone: (712) 260-1728
Fax: (515) 281-6794
Health DepartmentIowa Dept. of Public Health
Phone: (515) 281-5604
Fire MarshalIowa State Fire Marshal Division
Phone: (515) 725-6145
Forestry/ParksForestry Division, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
Phone: (515) 281-5918
TransportationIowa Department of Transportation
Phone: (515) 239-1101
Boiler InspectorMike Klosterman
Chief Boiler Inspector
Phone: (515) 281-8064
Elevator InspectorJim Borwey
Manager-Elevator, Boiler & Amusement Rides
Phone: (515) 281-3647

Other Building Codes

Building codes are also available for these other Iowa municipalities: