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Building Inspections
Overview
The Council Bluffs Building Inspection Division is located in City Hall on the second floor. The Building Inspection Division superintendent is the building official, who heads this division with a staff of:
  •  Permit Technician
  •  Building Inspector
  •  Housing Inspector
  •  Plumbing / Mechanical Inspector
  •  Residential Building Inspector
  •  Electrical Inspector

Inspections
The Building Inspection Division also performs inspections of footings / foundations, plumbing, utilities, electrical items, mechanical items, gas-related work, framing, and completes final inspections. A final inspection is necessary prior to any occupancy of a structure. A minimum notice of 24 hours is necessary for any inspection.

Permits
You can access internet permit software online now. The Building Inspection Division issues the following permits:
  • Billboard
  • Building
  • Commercial interior demolition
  • Demolition
  • Electrical
  • Excavation
  • Fence
  • Flood plain
  • Footing / foundation
  • Grading
  • Lawn sprinkler
  • Manufactured structure
  • Mechanical
  • Moving
  • Plumbing
  • Retaining wall
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Sign
  • Structural frame
  • Swimming pool
  • Temporary pole
  • Tornado shelter                 
  • Utility 

Design Basics
All structures shall be designed for:
  • A ground snow load of 30 pounds
  • A frost line footing depth minimum of 42 inches below grade
  • A wind load of 90 mph with a three-second gust - Exposure C
  • Seismic Zone B

Steve Carmichael
Chief Building Official

Phone 712-328-4625
E-mail scarmichael@councilbluffs-ia.gov
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