Building Permits

Getting started:
 Citizen portal registration & login
 Managing your citizen portal account
 Creating a permit application 
 Managing your permit application 
 Paying permit fees online (not applicable for New Residential House Permits)

Upload forms & Apply by clicking link below to be redirected to our online portal (please have pdf's saved and ready for uploading prior to clicking the link)

Permit Portal
(A pdf upload of the application and any corresponding documentation is still REQUIRED where applicable within the portal when applying online)
Please call the office with any questions or concerns (515) 981-9530

Still available while we transition to online only:
  • Permits can be submitted electronically to or in person at 705 North Avenue.
  • Permits over $500 should be paid for via cash or check.  (No E-Checks will be processed)
  • Inspections requested require a 24 hour advance notice. Inspections can be scheduled by calling the Department at (515) 981-9530.
  • The City's Rental Housing Permit and Inspection Program has resumed. Please contact the Department at (515) 981-9530 to begin the permit process.

Attention: Legacy Builders & Contractors Heavy Equipment Route map

Commercial Building Permit -2 large sets of stamped plans
-Digital plan files emailed to the city
-Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Plans (MEP's)
-Site plan & SWPPP Site Plan (New construction or addition only)
-Energy Documents (COMcheck)
-COSESCO Form (New construction or addition only)
Figured by the Building Department
Curb Cut (Driveway Approach)   $30
Deck Permit Application - Informational Flyer Detailed building plans and site plan $120
Demolition Permit   $120
Development Application   Figured by Zoning Administrator
Driveway Replacement or Addition Detailed site plan-must show dimensions of drive and distance to property lines $30
Electrical Permit   See Permit
Fence Permit - Informational Flyer Site plan of property and where fence will be located $30
Grading Permit Detailed site plan $30-$150
Mechanical Permit   See Permit
Plumbing Permit   See Permit
Porch Application Detailed building plans and site plan Figured by Building Department
Pool Permit - Informational Flyer
(Permanent or Seasonal) 
Detailed site plan- must show placement of pool on the property and distance to property lines and other structures Permanent $45 / Seasonal $30 annually
Residential Please see Building a New Home in Norwalk Figured by Building Department
Residential Additions Detailed building plans and site plan Figured by Building Department
Shed/Accessory Bldg.
(150 sq ft or less)
Additional Information
Detailed building plans and site plan $60
Shed/Accessory Bldg.
(larger than 150 sq ft)
Additional Information
Detailed building plans and site plan Figured by Building Department
Sidewalk Application
(new or replacement of city sidewalk only)
Detailed site plan indicating size of panels $60
Sign Permit Picture of sign, size and location Figured by Zoning Administrator
Variance/Special Use   Figured by Zoning Administrator
Windows (for replacements that are a different size than the original opening)
Egress window guidelines
  Figured by Building Department