Building permits are required to construct, enlarge, repair, alter, replace or to change the occupancy of a building or structure.
Instance of building permits required are new construction of any structure i.e. houses, garages, additions, decks, accessory structures, porches, staircases, ramps, in ground swimming pools, remodeling, alteration or renovation or existing structures, this includes repair and replacement, interior and exterior.
One story detached accessory structures that do no exceed 120 square feet, siding, replacement windows and doors (as long as the size does not change), painting, papering, tile; carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work do not need a permit.
A demolition permit is required when demolishing or moving a structure.
Other work requiring permits are installation of fencing (no fee), plumbing and electrical. Homeowners may be issued an electrical or plumbing permit when such work is limited to hardware (faucets, switches, receptacles and the like) and fixture replacement or repair (lighting, water closets, sinks, lavatories, water heaters and the like, but shall not include new piping, venting or new circuits. Plumbing not permitted by homeowners shall be done by a licensed master plumber licensed by the City of Keokuk or reciprocating city. Electrical work not permitted by homeowners shall be done by a licensed master electrician licensed by the State of Iowa. Permits are required to be obtained prior to any work being started.