The Waterloo Building Department will take inspection requests for the following permitted projects and they will be conducted on a case-by-case basis. You may come in to take out your permits or handle them via fax, email, phone, or mail.

  • Residential window replacement.
  • Residential electrical service release inspections.
  • Residential Remodels: bathroom, kitchen, basements, etc.
  • Any project on the interior of residential homes, condominiums and apartments. This includes combo-inspect rough-in & framing inspections, combo-inspect final inspections and special inspections.

The Waterloo Building Department will accept inspection requests for the following permitted projects as usual and will be conducted with caution:

  • New Residential Builds including mechanical
  • Residential Repairs such as siding, roofing, decks, fences, etc.
  • Residential gas inspections as necessary for heat, hot water, and safety of new installations. This includes gas water heaters, gas furnaces, permanent gas appliances.
  • New Commercial Builds including mechanicals
  • Commercial Remodels including mechanicals
  • Commercial Repairs such as siding, roofing, etc.

Bob Ball, Building Inspector - Commercial, New Dwellings
Bob Stanley - Black Hawk County Combination
Brian Baker - HVAC
Scott Strader- Plumbing
Tim Moyer - Electrical
Brian Wirtz – Residential, Fats Oils Grease (FOG), Rental Safety Inspector
Jeff Siebel - Commercial Safety Inspector
Barry Stratton - Rental Safety Inspector

Residential Contractor Information
The Waterloo Building Inspection Department offers Residential Contractor Exams for those who want to become a licensed residential contractor with the City of Waterloo.

Exams will be given for one week each month during business hours. Two applicants per day will be scheduled. Exam time is 8:00 am on your designated day. The exam will be given at the Building Department located on the second floor of City Hall.

Select a day of the week that best suits your schedule on the application which can be accessed by clicking the link below. Applications along with the $50 registration fee must be received one week prior to your exam date.

Residential Contractor Exam Resources:
Procedure for Licensed Residential Contractor (pdf)
Residential Contractor Exam Application (pdf)
Ice Barrier Requirement


Greg Ahlhelm
Building Official, Building Inspection Department
319-291-4319 (Office) 
Jennifer Sparks
Permit Writer/Residential Plans Examiner
Contact Us
Waterloo Building Department
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
319-291-4319 (Office) ~ 319-291-4262 (Fax)
Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm