Yes, contractors must be registered with the State of Iowa and have their insurance on file with INRCOG.
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Permit costs are based on a percentage of the cost of your project. The fee schedule can be found here.
Inspections can be requested by calling 319-268-5161 between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; or if you are registered on CF1Stop, inspections can be requested online through that system anytime.
Typically commercial plans are reviewed within three weeks of being submitted. Once plans are received they are reviewed by all building trades, fire, planning, engineering and then comments are sent back to the designer for response. Residential plans go through a similar process but take a significantly less time to be reviewed.
Commercial projects require three sets to be submitted to the inspections division, one plan set to the fire department, a PDF set sent to CFU and Inspections, and if required one set to the Health Department. Residential projects require two sets.
City of Cedar Falls has adopted the 2015 IBC, 2015 IRC, 2015 IMC, 2015 UPC, 2017 NEC, and 2012 IEC.