State Building Code Adopted Codes and Plan Review Submittals

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State Adopted Codes

The following national codes are recognized in the Department of Public Safety Administrative Code and enforced by the State Fire Marshal:

  • 2015 International Building Code as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-201 and 661-301
  • 2015 International Fire Code as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-201
  • 2015 International Residential Code as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-301
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-303
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-301 and 661-350
  • 2012 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-205
  • 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-302
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms as adopted by Iowa Administrative Rule 661-211
  • State Mechanical Code as adopted by the Department of Public Health Iowa Administrative Rule 641-61
  • State Plumbing Code as adopted by the Department of Public Health Iowa Administrative Rule 641-25 
  • State Electrical Code as adopted by the State Electrical Licensing Board Iowa Administrative Rule 661-504 
Building Plans Submittals

Submittals shall be certified or stamped and signed as required by Iowa Code chapters 542B and 544A unless the applicant has certified on the submittal to the applicability of a specific exception under Iowa Code.

Please refer to the Architectural/Engineering Combined Matrix from the Iowa Building Code Official's Handbook to determine when an architect and/or engineer is required.  That matrix may be found online at https://plb.iowa.gov/sites/files/plb/documents/Architectural-Engineering%20Combined%20Matrix.pdf

Sample Code Plan

Life Cycle Cost Analysis Guidelines

Current Required Life Cycle Cost Analysis Guidelines

Plan Review Process

Construction documents for the following projects are required to be submitted to the Building Code Bureau for plan review:

  • Any facility housing an adult day service
  • Any assisted living facility
  • Any residential care facility
  • Any elder group home
  • Any facility owned by the state or an agency of the state.
  • Any new building that has state funding
  • Any licensed healthcare facility listed under 661-Chapter 205 found online at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/661.205.pdf

Construction documents for the following projects shall be submitted to the Building Code Bureau for plan review unless the plans have been submitted to a local department that is approved by the State Fire Marshal DivisionList of approved departments for local code enforcement

  • Any educational building or facility serving kindergarten through twelfth grade
  • Any college or university building or facility
  • Any child care facility intended to serve seven or more children at one time
  • Any correctional facility
  • Any gaming facility
Preliminary Meetings

Preliminary meeting shall be conducted prior to the submittal of construction documents for plan review.

Meetings shall be conducted in person or remotely at the discretion of the Construction/Design Engineer assigned to the project.

Plan Review Application Process

Applications for plan review shall be submitted through the State Fire Marshal Iowa License Management System (LMS) online application process. One paper copy of full scale construction documents and an electronic copy (thumb drive) shall be submitted to the Building Code Bureau at:

Iowa Department of Public Safety
State Fire Marshal Division
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319

Plan review fees will be calculated and billed at the time of application submittal.  Please review the LMS User Guide for Building Code Plan Review Submittals.

Request for Foundation Only Approval form

Plan Review Fee Calculation (Excel) form

Construction Value ** Inspection Fee
Up to $100,000 $598
$100,001 to $1,000,000 $645
$1,000,001 to $10,000,000 $722
$10,000,001 and above $783
Board of Regents (state-owned) $900

**inspection fees are assessed based on project valuation

State Building Inspections
  1. State Building Code Inspectors perform inspections for new buildings and additions when:
    • The construction is for a building owned by the State of Iowa.
    • The construction is financed by a State of Iowa agency.
    • The local jurisdiction has adopted the State Building Code.
    • The construction is funded by the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education program (Grades K-12) and there is not locally adopted and enforced Building Code.
  2. State Building Code Inspectors  perform inspections required by the Department of Inspection and Appeals for:
    • A Health Care Facility as defined by Iowa Code 135C.1 such as but not limited to:
      • Residential Care Facility
      • Nursing Facility
      • Intermediate Care Facility for Person with Mental Illness
      • Intermediate Care Facility for Person with an Intellectual Disability
    • An Elder Group Home as defined by Iowa Code 231B.1
    • A building serving an Assisted Living Program as defined by Iowa Code 231C.2
    • A building providing Adult Day Services as defined by Iowa Code 231D.1
  3. State Building Inspections are required for manufactured/mobile homes upon new installation.
  4. Fire Code Inspectors perform inspections that are separate and distinct from inspections that are performed by Building Code Inspectors. Fire Inspections are conducted by the Fire Prevention Bureau. 
State Building Inspection Fees

The fees listed below apply to Inspections under group 1 above. (Fees do not apply to any building or facility owned by the board of regents or by any institution subject to the authority of the board of regents.)

Base Inspection Fees:

State Building Inspection Fees
Construction Costs Base Inspection Fee
Up to $100,000 $598
$100,001 to $1,000,000 $645
$1,000,001 to $10,000,000 $722
$10,000,001 and above $783
Follow-up Inspection $214

Additional Inspection Fees:

  • Additional fees will be incurred if a State Building Inspection is required for any of the following reasons:
    • A code violation during a basic inspection that requires a follow-up inspection to verify that the violations have been corrected.
    • The inspector is scheduled and, upon arrival, the project in ready for the type of inspection requested.
    • A special request is made by the project designer, contract, or owner that is beyond one the three basic inspections.
  • The fee for additional inspections are as follows:
Additional State Inspection Fees
One hour on site $206
One to two hours on site $240
Two to three hours on site $273
Three to four hours on site $307
Four to five hours on site $341
Five to six hours on site $374
  • These additional inspection fees will be billed to the responsible architect or building contractor on a monthly basis.
  • Only temporary approval of occupancy will be granted if unpaid inspections fees remain at the time of the final inspection.

A facility owned by or subject to the authority of the board of regents will have a flat fee of $900 that is paid as a plan review fee.

Daycare Facilities

All new and existing State Licensed Childcare Facilities, that require approval from the State Fire Marshal, shall have submittals signed by an Iowa Licensed Architect or Engineer.  Please review the Licensed Childcare Centers informational handout for details.

Licensed Healthcare Facilities

Nursing homes, RCF, intermediate care facility for the Intellectually Disabled.

State Certified Facilities

Assisted living, elder group homes, adult day facilities.

 

Building Code Inspections Contacts

The state of Iowa is covered by two building code inspectors.

Building Code Bureau State Map with Contact Information