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    Permit Applications & Guidelines

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    Before you begin a project, it is important that you become familiar with all the City of Ankeny building and zoning regulations that apply to your project. Click on PDF below to download the application and /or guidelines for your project.

     *NEW* - Building permit applications and plan documents (may be limited in size) in PDF format can be submitted via email to:


    Commercial Project

     Application - Commercial New Building  (PDF)  
    Application - Commercial Additions (PDF)  
    Application - Commercial Alteration (PDF)  
     Application - Change of Use and Handout (PDF)  
     2018 codes' Handout - Commercial New, Adds & Alterations (PDF)  
     Multi-Family/Commercial Swimming Pool Application (PDF)  
     Fire Rated Assemblies & Damper Requirements Handout (PDF)  
     Guide for Plan Submittals for Multi-Family Structures Handout (PDF)  
     Ramp Handout (PDF)  
     Single Fixture Accessible Restroom Handout (PDF)  
     Architectural - Engineering Exemption Certification (PDF)  

     Residential Project


     New Residential  Building Construction Application and Handout (PDF)  
    Addition and Alteration Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Interior Remodel Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Basement Finish Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Egress Window Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Covered Porch Application (PDF)  
     Deck Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Ramp Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Detached Garage Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Shed Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Swimming Pool Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Hot Tub & Spa Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Gazebo Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Pergola Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Residential Stair Geometry Handout (PDF)  
    Smoke Detectors & CO Alarms Handout (PDF)  
     Residential Permit Submittals/design info (PDF)  

     Misc Project

     Builder Erosion Control Information (COSESCO) PDF  
     Demolition and Removal Application (PDF)  
     Fence Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Retaining Wall Application and Handout (PDF)  
     Driveway and Sidewalk Application and Handout (PDF)  
     9 & 10 Foot MICCC Basement Walls Handout (PDF)  
     Minimum  Protection Elevation MPE Certificate (PDF)  
     Plat of Survey (PDF)  
     Recreational Fires Handout (PDF)  
     Residential Solar Panel (Photovoltaic) System Handout (PDF)  
     Residential Building Setbacks Handout (PDF)  
     Wet Basement Cleanup Handout (PDF)  
     Sign - Permanent Application (PDF)  
     Sign - Temporary Event Application (PDF)  
     Temporary Membrane Structure Seasonal Sales (PDF)  
     FEMA Certificate (PDF)  
     Building Permits Handout (PDF)  
     General Information Handout (PDF)  

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    Public Services Building
    220 W. First St.
    Ankeny, IA  50023
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.