Inspection & Construction Services

Formerly called Building Services

Where to Start the Building Process

Our Services

Inspection & Construction Services 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.

  • Permit Applications

    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.

  • ADA Compliance

    The readily achievable aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Building Code Advisory and Appeals Board

The Building Code and Advisory Appeals Board determines the suitability of alternative building materials and methods of building construction, provides for reasonable interpretation of the provisions of the International Codes, advises the city council on all building construction regulations and procedures, and serves as an appeal body for the decisions of the building official.

Call Before You Dig- It's the law


Contact Us

  1. Jean Noel  |  email
    Permits Clerk
    Phone: 563.589.4150

    Historic Federal Building
    350 West 6th Street, Suite 312 Dubuque, IA 52001

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