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Building Services Department Offers Repair Tips

Building Services Department Offers Repair Tips

February 16, 2021

The Building Services Department recognizes that many property owners are still working on repairs to their homes or businesses following the derecho, and wants to offer the following tips and reminders on finding a reputable contractor and navigating the permit process.

All contractors are required to be licensed and registered through the State of Iowa. If they are licensed in another state, they still need to be licensed in Iowa to do work in Iowa. Contractors who are licensed through the State of Iowa are able to serve in any community in Iowa. Contractors should carry insurance. Residents are encouraged to get more than one quote for repairs, and to check Iowa Courts Online to see if a contractor has been sued by unsatisfied customers.

Contractor Verification Service
To verify your contractor is licensed, please call the Building Services Department at 319-286-5929, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a verification service, not a referral service.

Permit Requirements

  • Permits are REQUIRED for significant roof damage, structural repairs, or substantial interior repairs. Examples include: wall damage or truss damage, anything structural that has been pushed out of alignment, attic rafters that are damaged, significant siding or large portions of roof repairs, anything that touches electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work.
  • Permits are NOT required for minor roofing repairs (replacing small portions of shingles), small sections of siding, small roof holes that can be patched with plywood, or other minor maintenance items. 
  • Your contractor is responsible for obtaining the appropriate permits from the Building Services Department.

A building permit is required for demolition of any structure. For safety, proper utility disconnections must be verified prior to demolition, which is part of the permit process. For any questions related to the permit process, please contact Building Services at 319-286-5831.

Online Resources
Residents can find information on the permit process and links to search for reputable contractors on the City’s website: www.cedar-rapids.org/homerepair.

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