Community Development Department

CH 2The Community Development Department oversees Building Permits, Rental Inspections and Code Enforcement. The department is located at City Hall. 

Building Permits

Contact the Community Development Department at (319) 283 5862 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions pertaining to building permits and zoning questions.

Permits within the city limits of Oelwein are required for a variety of items. They provide for control of and adherence to applicable laws and regulations.

Apply for a permit here.


Here is a partial list of permits that may be required. 

• Construction of a new residential, commercial or industrial building including garages and accessory buildings

• Construction of an addition to an existing building, dwelling or garage

• Deck, porch, stairs, steps, ramps or entry way

• Any addition or construction that changes the exterior dimensions of existing buildings

• Fencing, new or alteration, relocation or reconstruction

• Electrical Permit – any new, added or change of electrical system

• Plumbing Permit – any new, added or change of plumbing system

• HVAC – any new, added or change of HVAC system

• Residing

• Reroofing

• Concrete

• Signs

• Demolition of structures - residential, commercial or industrial


Contractor Licensing - The City of Oelwein requires that all Contractors working within the City be licensed and/or registered with the City and the State of Iowa. They must also provide an approved surety company bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to indemnify the city against claims for accidents or property damage arising from or occasioned by such work. See applicable code sections for further information.


The City of Oelwein has adopted the following codes:


• International Building Code (Section 12-2)

• International Existing Building Code (Section 12-5)

• International Residential Code (Section 12-7)

• Uniform Plumbing Code (Section 12-13)

• Uniform Mechanical Code (Section 12-15)

• National Electrical Code Section 12-16)


Rental Registrations and Vacant Properties

The City of Oelwein's new Rental and Vacant Building Program is now in effect. Property owners must register their rental property before March 1, 2019.  Landlords and vacant building owners are encouraged to review the Rental Inspection PolicyRental Inspection Checklist GuideRental Fee ScheduleRental Code and Vacant Building Permit & Inspection Code. Please note the newly changed fee schedule effective August 12, 2019.

Vacant Property Registration


Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement actively responds to concerns and complaints regarding a variety of potential code violations relating to property standards, illegal signage, garbage/trash, etc. that do not comply with chapters 12, 16 and 25 of the city code.

Report a code violation/nuisance here.



Zoning Classifications


Tax Abatement Application




Community Development Department Staff

Jay Shekleton

Building Official/Zoning Administrator

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James V. Prouty

Building Inspector/Flood Plain Manager/Code Enforcement Officer

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Sam Castro

Administrative Assistant

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History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

Contact Us

 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.