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