Building Permits and Inspections


The Permits and Inspections Division is charged with the enforcement of the City of Council Bluffs adopted building codes for new and existing structures.  The purpose of building codes is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress, sanitation, light and ventilation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to the occupants, firefighters, and emergency personnel during emergency operations.


The building division performs all required inspections for building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire and life safety, gas piping, energy, flood plain, grading, and excavation, manufactured home set downs, signs, and utility construction.

Please note that on all construction projects, final inspections must be performed and approved and a Certificate of Occupancy must be issued prior to occupancy of any new construction project.


The Permits and Inspections 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
  • Solar
  • Structural Frame
  • Temporary Pole
  • Tornado Shelter
  • Utility