Building codes adopted by Scott County
2009 IBC, IRC; the 2009 UPC; the 2008 NEC; and the 2009 UMC.
Do I need a building permit?
Some construction does not need a building permit from this office:
- An Agriculturally-Exempt Farmer.
- Minor repairs and replacements.
- Small accessory structures less than 120 sq.feet.
The following need a permit:
Building or installing:
- Decks or a patio cover
- Fireplaces and chimneys
- Garages or pole buildings
- Ventilation, heating or air conditioning supply or exhaust
- Swimming pool 24" or greater in depth (above or in ground)
- Tool or storage sheds over 120 square feet
- Fences 6 feet and over in height
Adding or changing:
- Dormers, bay windows or other wall openings
- Water heaters or any other parts of the plumbing system
- Furnaces, or any other parts of the heating and gas system
- Circuits, the electrical box or any other parts of the electrical system
- Aluminum, steel siding, wood and vinyl siding
- Load bearing walls to a porch, or within home
- Garage to a livable area
- Retaining walls over 4 feet in height
Replacing or Repairing:
- Termite damage (replacing siding, framing foundations, etc)
- Existing stone, brick, or concrete
- Any structure, or part of a structure, or any other changes that affect the structure of any building, even a tool shed (over 120 square feet) on your property
- This requirement is to insure that demolished structures are disposed of properly and removed from the tax roles
How do I obtain a building permit?
To obtain a building permit for a new house or addition to a house several items must be filed and reviewed. When the plans are submitted, there will be a $100.00 charge to review the building and plot plans. This fee will be deducted from the building permit fee, which must be paid before a building permit is issued. In most cases, the review of the building and site plans can be completed in 3-5 days. Commercial types of construction may take seven to ten days.
When applying for a building permit, please submit the following:
- Plot Plan. This shows the lot boundaries, proposed location of the house, septic field, and driveway; proposed distance from the house to property lines; and location of existing easements, roads, and structures. North arrow must be indicated.
- Legal description, such as the lot number and name of subdivision; quarter section, section and township name; or house number and street address if one has already been issued.
- Owners and builders names, mailing addresses, and phone numbers.
- Two sets of building plans. In general, this will include floor plans, a side-wall cross section, size and spacing of structural members and foundation and footing plans. Window size, location, and final grade location shall be noted if no elevation plans are filed.
- Engineered plans. These may be necessary for special construction designs. Such plans shall include the engineer's seal and signature and a statement that the plans comply with the International Construction Codes.
- Approval and/or application for any well or septic permit from the Scott County Health Department.
- All plans for a house or substantial improvement must be submitted with an RES check. The energy approval form through the Dept of Energy is available online at http://www.energycodes.gov/rescheck/
- State electrical license for electrical contractors
- State mechanical licensee for mechanical contractors
- State plumbing license for plumbing contractors