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Applications and Permits
Do I Need a Permit?
"Oh, I thought I didn't need a permit for construction if I lived in the country," is a common statement. The fact of the matter is that a Zoning Permit is required for all new construction and any Change In Use of any land or building. Even a portable structure requires a permit and required setbacks from property lines must be met.

The Zoning Process
The person applying for the Zoning Permit must be the owner of the property, the contract buyer of record, or representative of the property owner (permission must be given by the property owner in writing). The application for a Zoning Permit must be completed for the proposed construction along with a site plan and applicable fee. 

State Requirements
State of Iowa Electrical Permit Requirements
Iowa State Electrical Permits and Inspections started on March 1, 2000 and are NOT performed by the county.

Monthly Zoning Permit Reports

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YOU MAY ALSO 
PRINT AND MAIL YOUR APPLICATION AND APPLICABLE FEE USING THE FORMS BELOW

COMMON APPLICATIONS
Permits
(Commercial, Non-Commercial, Home Business, Sign*)
To calculate fees use these Valuation Charts

Site Plan
Change of Use
Agricultural Exemption
Conceptual Review
911 Address and Road Renaming
Floodplain Development Permit
Property Research
Special Events 

*In addition to Story County sign permit application requirements, please see the Iowa Department of Transportation sign requirements for proposed advertising signs planned along interstate and primary highways:  https://www.iowadot.gov/iowaroadsigns For additional questions about the State of Iowa advertising sign permit requirements, please contact Brent Christian at or 515-239-1673.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS

Board of Adjustment (Variance, Waiver, Appeal of Director's Decision)
Amendment (Code of Ordinance, Rezoning, C2C Comprehensive Plan) 
Conditional Use Permit or Modification
Subdivision (Vacation)

DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURAL INFORMATION
Development Review Procedures

Flowchart indicating processes from beginning to end
Fee Schedule
Development application fees
Fine Schedule
Defines violations & applicable fees