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Building Services
City Services Center
500 15th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: 319-286-5831
Fax: 319-286-5830

For questions or to submit a
Public Information Request
please email:

Monday - Friday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Payments not accepted after 4:00 p.m.

Building Services Department

The Building Services Department consists of two divisions, Building and Trades and Code Enforcement.   The Buildings and Trades Division includes building inspectors, mechanical inspectors, electrical inspectors, plumbing inspectors, and permit technicians.  The Code Enforcement Division includes rental housing inspectors and code enforcement officers.

The City of Cedar Rapids Development Services Division and Building Services Division is excited to announce that we will be rolling out our new online City of Cedar Rapids Customer Self-Service (CSS) portal which will allow our customers the ability to apply for permit applications, pay for permit applications, and schedule permit inspections. 

As we roll out this system, more functionality features will be added, the first being permit applications. This system provides transparency and efficiency between the contractor/applicant and the City. On December 5th, 2022, the City will implement the following permit applications: fence permits, furnace replacement permits, water heater replacements, and electrical service replacements. Please note this is NOT an automatic permit, it is a request and does not guarantee approval.

Derecho & Home Repairs
Find resources and information about permits and storm repairs HERE

COVID-19 Protocols
Submit permits online and learn about other changes due to COVID-19 HERE 

Decks, Garages, Permanent Backyard Pools, and More
Looking for permit information on building or repairing decks, detached garages, permanent backyard swimming pools/hot tubs, or other property upgrades? Visit our document library and search under "Handouts - General." 

Related Work

Please contact the following divisions for project-specific information

  • Sidewalks, Approaches, Curb Cuts, Etc.: Contact Public Works Construction Engineering at  ConstructionEng@Cedar-Rapids.org, or call 319-286-5812 to schedule inspections for these types of work, 

Please contact the Development Services Department for the following:

Phone 319-286-5780
Email: developmentservices@cedar-rapids.org
Phone:  319-286-5836
Email: zoning@cedar-rapids.org
  • Annexations
  • Board of Adjustment
  • City Planning Commission
  • Conditional Uses
  • New Commercial Construction and Remodels
  • New Subdivision Infrastructure Review
  • Plan Review (Commercial)
  • Plats
  • Rezonings/Future Land Use Map Amendments
  • Site Development Plans
  • New Single-Family
  • New Duplex
  • Chicken Permits
  • Community Gardens
  • Decks
  • Fences
  • Signs
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Zoning Classifications

*Applications and Submittal Requirements can be found here.

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