Permit Applications and Fees

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The City of Dubuque Building Services Department issues Permits for Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical , and ADA work being performed. Permit applications and fees are available, please click on the appropriate Permit for more information. 

 Residential and Commercial Building Permit Process

  • Submit a completed Permit Application for review and two sets of Construction Plan and Documents.
  • Site Plan is required for all proposed new structures or tear-down and replacement of existing structures. The site plan must contain lot dimensions per side of lot, total square footage of lot, size of all existing structures and proposed structures along with distances from structures to lot lines along with total height of the proposed new structure from the ground to the peak of the roof.  Also include  location of all non-permeable surfaces such as concrete driveways and sidewalks and dimensions, and the location of the street in regards to the structure. See Site Plan Example below.
  • Site Plan Example
  • Permit Applications must be completely filled out by the Applicant.
  • Total Construction Value of the Project is all associated costs of the project for labor and materials both interior and exterior including work not requiring a permit. Include all HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Grading, Exterior concrete work of sidewalks and driveways, fencing, landscaping, painting, cabinets & counters, and all General Contractor costs. Total Construction Value is used to create monthly reports on our local building economy to help determine the average cost and type of homes being constructed in our community.
  • Value of Work to be Permitted is Total Construction Value minus Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Carpeting, Painting, Cabinets & Counters, Sidewalks, Driveways, Grading, Fences less than 7' high, and Retaining walls less than 4' high.
  • Owners who perform their own work must take cost of materials x 2 to calculate the value of work to be permitted.
  • Applications must include two copies of Construction Plans for all proposed new structures, new interior walls or removal of existing interior walls and major interior renovations or alterations.
  • Permit Applicants will be notified upon completion of the Plan Review Process and provided a copy of the Stamped and Approved construction plans along with a Plan Review Letter. Applicants will be provided the total cost of the Permit and any associated Plan Review Fees.
  • Applicants must pay the full balance due for the Permit and any associated Plan Review Fees prior to issuance of the Permit and work starting.
  • Upon Issuance of the Permit work must commence within 180 days or the Permit will expire and no longer be valid.
  • All work must be done within 365 days from the time of Permit issuance unless otherwise requested at the time of issuance and approved by the Building Services Department.

Plan Review Fees: $60 an hour

The City of Dubuque Building Services Department performs Plan Reviews on residential and commercial projects on all new construction projects or major alterations or renovations to existing structures. During the Plan Review  process our staff will check to make sure all life and safety items in combination with minimum code requirements are being met and included on the plans and specifications. Upon completion we provide the applicant with a detailed Plan Review Letter and a Stamped and Approved set of construction plans. This service provides the applicant with assurance that all minimum code requirements will be met prior to construction beginning and avoids costly change orders or time delays during the project to repair non-code compliant items. 

The Estimated Plan Review Fees below are to be used as examples and averages for both residential and commercial construction projects and are based on reviewing construction drawings and specifications supplied to us by a Professional Firm. Commercial Project Plan Review generally involves Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Inspectors, while our Residential Plan Review will only generally involve the Building Inspector.
  • Residential Average Plan Review Fees:
  • Common Residential Projects: 1 to 2 hours
  • Larger Residential Projects: 1 to 3 hours
  • Commercial Average Plan Review Fees:
    Small Sized Commercial Projects: 1 to 4 hours
    Medium Sized Commercial Projects: 4 to 8 hours
    Larger Sized Commercial Projects: 8 to 12 hours