Building Permit Information

The City of Dubuque Building Services Department issues Building Permits for commercial and residential projects. Our Building Inspectors are responsible for examining all construction plans and documents to ensure all work meets minimum code requirements prior to the issuance of the Permit. Our inspectors will perform field inspections throughout your project to ensure work is being done according to the submitted application and plans. Upon completion our Inspectors will issue a Final Completion letter or Certificate of Occupancy for each project.


 
Residential & Commercial Building Inspector:                                    Commercial Building Inspector:                
Mike Sievers                                                                                            Jeff Zasada
Phone: 563-589-4150                                                                               Phone: 563-589-4150
Email                                                                                                         Email
 

Building Permit Applications can be submitted either by mail, electronically, or in person at the Building Services Department. All Permit Applications must be paid in full prior to the issuance of the Permit and work beginning. The Building Department will accept cash, check, or credit/debit card payments. Credit/Debit card payments must be done over the phone or in person at our office.

Residential Building Permits Applications are for: Single Family Dwellings, Townhomes, Two-Family Dwellings

  • New Construction Building Permits:  New Construction, Additions or Alterations, Garages, and Interior Remodel Projects. Please submit two copies of the construction plans or drawings with your Permit Application. All new construction projects will also be required to submit a Site Plan for review and approval by our Planning and Zoning Department prior to Permit Issuance. The Building Department will also need to perform a Plan Review of the submitted construction documents and approve prior to Permit Issuance. The Plan Review Fee is $60 an hour for all New Construction projects with a minimum charge of 1 hour. 
  • All other General Building Permits being applied for can submit the Residential Building Permit Application below with a detailed work description of the project or work being done.
  • Residential Building Permit Application
  • Site Plan Example
  • Residential Building Permit Fees

 

  • Commercial Building Permit Applications are for: All Non-Residential Structures
  • NOTE: Planning and Zoning Department will need to approve all Site Plans Prior to Building Permit Issuance

  • New Construction, Additions or Alterations, and Interior Remodel Projects will require two copies of construction plans to be submitted with your Permit Application. All new construction projects will also be required to submit a Site Plan for review and approval by our Planning and Zoning Department prior to Permit Issuance. The Building Department will also need to perform a Plan Review of the submitted construction documents and approve prior to Permit Issuance. The Plan Review Fee is $60 with a minimum charge of 1 hour.
  • Food Establishments: Will need to contact the City of Dubuque Health Department and fill out a separate application and provide plans and specifications as required by the Health Department.
  • Food Establishments: Will need to fill out a F.O.G application and submit this to the WRRC for processing.
  • Food Establishments: Will need to fill out a Grease Interceptor Checklist Form and submit to the Building Services Department for review.
  • Permanent and Temporary Signs: All signs require a separate sign application to be filled out and reviewed for approval by our Planning and Zoning Department prior to Permit issuance. Signs applications should be submitted at the same time your Site Plan or Building Plans are being submitted to make sure approval is granted prior to moving forward with your project. The City of Dubuque requires Sign Contractors to obtain a annual license from the City of Dubuque Building Department.

        Additional Applications: