Building Services Department


While City Hall is closed, the Building Services Department continues to provide permit and inspection services. Read about the precautions inspectors are taking to ensure public and staff safety regarding COVID-19.

Where to Start the Building Process

City of Dubuque Building Services Department Provides the following services:

  • Design Review Team Meetings: Multiple City Departments meet weekly with Developers, Business Owners, Architects, Engineers, and others during the preliminary planning stages of a project or development to support, advise, and review your project plans.

  • Permits: Accept permit applications for: Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, ADA, De-Construction, Geothermal, Solar, Signs, Temporary Heat, Storage Trailers/Containers, and more.

  • Plan Review Process: Act as the central hub for your plan submittals and coordinate with all other City Departments to provide a comprehensive plan review process ensuring all work is code compliant prior to issuing permits to avoid costly change orders or work delays during the project.

  • Inspections: Our staff performs comprehensive detailed field inspections throughout your project and assists in answering questions or solving problems while ensuring your project will meet all applicable City Codes upon completion.

  • Certificate of Occupancy: Upon final inspection of new construction or change of use alterations to your exiting structure a Certificate Occupancy will be issued. All other Permits will have a Final Inspection performed and certified upon completion by our inspection staff.

  • Problem Properties/Complaints: Our inspection staff performs inspections on all vacant, abandon, or problem properties within the City of Dubuque on a routine basis or by request from the public by means of a complaint or referral.

  • Contractor Licensing: Provide the following licenses: Sign Contractors, Solar Thermal Contractors, Electrical/Industrial Maintenance.
  • The readily achievable aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Call Before You Dig- It's the law


Facility Management Responsibilities

The Building Services Department also provides Facility Management Services for:

  • City Hall Building - 50 West 13th Street
  • Ruby Sutton Building - 1157 Central Avenue
  • City Hall Annex Building - 1300 Main Street
  • Historic Federal Building - 350 West 5th Street
  • 5th Street Restroom Facility - 5th and Bluff Streets
  • Historic Dubuque Shot Tower - Commercial Drive

Contact Us

  1. Cori Burbach  |  email
    Acting Building Services Manager
    Phone: 563.589.4150
    Fax: 563.690.6687
    Staff Directory

    City Hall

    50 W. 13th St, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.