When permit is needed

2015 International Residential Code - Work exempt from requiring a permit

Any addition, alteration or repair to a resdiential propery requires a permit.  However, There are a few exceptions. Those exceptions are listed below:

  • Any detached accessory buildings used as tool/storage sheds, playhouse or similar use that has a floor space of under 120 square feet does not require a permit. Placement of the shed still needs to meet the Planning & Zoning requirements for placement of an accessory building.
  • Fences and retaining walls 4’ in height and under do not require a building permit.
  • Sidewalks, driveways and patios on your private property do not require a building permit. Concrete work in the City right of way requires permits from City Engineering for public sidewalks or driveway approaches.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  • Small window awnings that do not project more than 54” from the house and do not require any additional support.
  • Swimming pools do not require a permit, however any decking constructed around a pool does require a permit.
  • Residential swings and other playground equipment.
  • Screen doors, door and window hardware, replacement pane in an existing window
  • Gutters and down spouts.
If you have any doubts on whether you need a permit or not, or have other questions please call the Waterloo Building Department at (319)291-4319 from 7:30am to 5:00pm.