Building Inspector

Public Works Department-Inspections & Permits
James Colvert, Building Inspector

Phone:  (712) 943-9617
Fax: (712) 943-2133
Cell: (712)899-4882

The Public Works Department is located at 100 Bluffs Boulevard (off of Sergeant Square Drive).

Code Enforcement
The Inspection side of the Public Works department is also responsible for addressing nuisance complaints such as junk, tall weeds, un-shoveled sidewalks, unsafe living conditions, and other violations of City Code not handled by the Police Department.  To report a possible nuisance, complete the Nuisance Complaint Form and return to City Hall or complete our electronic formopens in a new window online. You may also view the status of an existing complaint by searching for it here.

Permit Applications can be found below or at City Hall and can be submitted online or in person. All documentation listed on the application must be submitted with it.

Once submitted, allow 48-72 hours to be contacted about your permit & approval NO WORK is to begin until a permit is paid for and issued. 

Once your application is approved, we will contact you and your permit can be paid for and picked up at City, 401 4th Street, from 8:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri. Payments can also be made through PSN online once you've been contacted.

Search for the status of an existing permit by clicking HERE.

Prior to commencing any projects to your home, please complete a permit application for any of the following:

Pay for permits online

Click here to make a one-time payment towards a permit. opens in a new window

Need help making the payment call City Hall (712) 943-4244 or follow these simple steps:

  1. Click just want to make a payment without registering
  2. Complete payment information for whom the payment is for
  3. Enter payment method **Checks are FREE; fee of 2.75% (+50¢ if under $100) for credit cards**
  4. Fill in payment details then continue
  5. Confirm information is correct, then submit