Building & Trades

Below are links to permit fees for each construction trade.  If you have any questions concerning these fees, please call our office at 319-286-5831.


BUILDING PERMIT FEES                Electrical Permit Fees

Mechanical Permit Fees          Plumbing Permit Fees


Fee for Doing Work Without A Permit
The municipal ordinance Section 33.05 A 105.1 states as follows:

Any person or person(s) doing work regulated by this code, or causing such work shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit prior to such work. An investigation fee may be charged when a permit has not first been obtained. Any person who commences any work before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a fee established by The City Council of the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by resolution that shall be in addition to the required permit fees and investigation fees.

The fee for work performed without a permit in the past has been assessed at double the permit fee. Beginning January 1, 2016, that fee language changes to "the permit fee shall be doubled but not less than $250". This will be assessed if a permit is not issued and work has begun along with an investigation fee of $100.00 per hour which may be included. Note this fee can be assessed if work has been performed when the permit is in the review process but not issued. Please allow enough time for our department to review and issue your permit application.

Reinspection Fees
The municipal ordinance Section 33.14 states as follows for 109.5.1 and R108.4.1 RE-INSPECTION FEES:

A re-inspection fee may be assessed for each inspection or re-inspection when such work or portion of such work for which the inspection is called for is not complete or when corrections called for are not made.

Re-inspection fees may be assessed when the inspection card is not posted or otherwise available on the work site, the approved plans are not readily available to the inspector, access is not provided on the date for which the inspection is requested, the property and building address are not properly posted, or when there is a deviation from plans requiring approval of the building official.

This section is not to be interpreted as requiring re-inspection fees the first time a job is rejected for failure to comply with requirements of this code, but as controlling the practice of calling for inspections before the job is ready for such inspection or re-inspection.

Re-inspection fees in the past have been $25.00; however, after January 1st re-inspection fees shall be assessed at $50.00. The Building Services Department performed more than 25,000 inspections in 2015. With such a large volume of inspection requests, our department has to manage a very busy schedule. Unnecessary trips cost tax payers dollars and significantly impact our schedules, as well as cause delays for other customers who may be prepared for such inspections. The change in re-inspection fees helps address these issues.

These changes in our fees were lobbied for by our customers and stakeholders during the code amendment process and passed by City Council resolution on July 28, 2015.

Please contact Duncan McCallum at 319-286-5723 with any questions or concerns.

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