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2014 NEC Electrical Ordinance Electrical Regulations
2015 IMC-IFGC Mechanical Ordinance Mechanical Regulations
2015 Plumbing Ordinance Plumbing Regulations
2015 IFC Fire Regulations Fire Regulations
Code books may be obtained from the International Conference of Building Officials at www.iccsafe.org.
Link to Building Codes
Building Permit Fee Schedule
Please view these handouts for further information: Inspection Required - Detached Garages & AccessoryInspection Required - New Construction & AdditionsInspection Required - Remodeling and other workat the link below.
Office staff are available from 8 - 5 each workday at (319) 892-5130 to take your inspection requests. (It is not necessary to speak to an inspector to set up an inspection. For better service, please do not leave an inspection request on voice mail).
Allow at least four hours lead time for an inspection. Inspection requests after noon will be scheduled for the following morning.
Link to Building Handouts
Contact the Public Health Department at (319) 892-6000 for information on well and septic system permits and the Linn County Engineer at (319) 892-6400 for information on a driveway entrance permit and addressing permit. Single Family Dwelling Handout
335.2 Farms exempt.
Except to the extent required to implement section 335.27, no ordinance adopted under this chapter applies to land, farm houses, farm barns, farm outbuildings or other buildings or structures which are primarily adapted, by reason of nature and area, for use for agricultural purposes, while so used. However, the ordinances may apply to any structure, building, dam, obstruction, deposit or excavation in or on the flood plains of any river or stream.
331.304.3.b Farms exempt.
A county building code shall not apply to farm houses or other farm buildings which are primarily adapted for use for agricultural purposes, while so used or under construction for that use.
Even though the State exempts farms from zoning and building regulations, it has provided few guidelines as to what should be considered a farm. In order to qualify under the agricultural exemption, it must be clearly demonstrated that the principal use of the land and the proposed building(s) is farm-related. This includes proposed dwellings, and that the occupants of the dwelling are primarily engaged in agriculture.
We strongly encourage anyone wishing to claim the exemption - especially for a new house - to contact us prior to the start of construction to determine if the exemption is appropriate. The farm exemption applies only to Linn County zoning and building regulations. Other permits (such as floodplain development, well, septic, E911 address or driveway access) may be required. Please contact the appropriate county department for information.
We may be reached at (319) 892-5130 or you may submit an information request by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Exemption Information & Application Sheet