Building, Housing & Rental Inspections

The City of Ottumwa has adopted the International Building Code (IBC) developed by the International Code Council. The Code provides minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. Health Department Building Inspectors provide permitting and inspection services for new construction and rental housing. Building, electrical, plumbing, signs and heating and cooling installation permits are issued by the Health Department.

New Construction and Remodeling

Most new construction & remodeling projects in Ottumwa require a Building Permit. The permitting process helps you determine if your project is feasible or even allowed before you invest time and money completing the project.

Download the Building Permit application form

Rental Housing

Rental housing is registered and inspected once every three years and presently Ottumwa has approximately 2,600 registered rental units.

List of registered rental properties.

Placarded Houses

If a building is unfit for habitation due to safety or health violations, a bright yellow tag or placard is placed on the front of the house. At that point, it is illegal for anyone to live there until the violations have been corrected.

We post a list of houses that have been placarded by the Health Department as unfit to live in. Most of the houses are privately owned and could be repaired. In some cases, the owners want to get rid of the property, as-is, making these houses a good opportunity for rehabilitation. Contact the owner of record for further information.

Download list of placarded houses.

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CONTACT A BUILDING INSPECTOR:

Marion Husted
(641) 683-0653
hustedm@ci.ottumwa.ia.us

Doug Maize
(641) 683-0611
maize.doug@ci.ottumwa.ia.us


CODES ENFORCED BY THE CITY OF OTTUMWA EFFECTIVE OCT. 15, 2013:

The following codes are adopted by reference with very few additions or deletions in the Municipal Code.

•2009 International Building Code
•2011 National Electrical Code
•2009 Uniform Plumbing Code
•2009 International Mechanical Code
•International Fire Code
•HUD Housing Quality Standards

City of Ottumwa
Health & Inspections
Department

105 E. Third Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Open Monday -Friday
7:00 am 5:30 pm
(641) 683-0650
or (641) 683-0610