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Cedar Rapids Changes Building Permit Process for Rebuilding After Flood

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Cedar Rapids is temporarily changing the building permit process to allow non-profit, volunteer labor from charitable organizations to help residents rebuild their homes.

The changes were made by the City's Code Enforcement Division in cooperation with the local Metro Licensing Boards and local Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing trade representatives.

The temporary change allows permits for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) if they are in accordance to the following:

  • The homeowner is liable for all permitted work done on their property.
  • The home is a single family residence eligible for homestead exemption (non-rental).
  • Non-profit charitable organization assists the homeowner with free labor for the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing work.
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) volunteer(s) must be approved for the work in advance by the Code Enforcement Division of Cedar Rapids prior to any work being conducted. This is to ensure the MEP volunteer is licensed in good standing in a jurisdiction which enforces the respective code, to provide a criminal background check on that volunteer through our badging process, and coordinate compliance inspections and staffing for same.
  • This temporary approval will continually be reviewed for effectiveness and may be discontinued at any time by the City Council.

Retired  mechanical, electrical and plumbing professionals, with Code Enforcement Division approval and who have been previously Metro-licensed, will be allowed to work in the flood-affected areas.

All non-profit charitable organizations planning on providing volunteer labor must the following information to the Code Enforcement Division for approval:

  • A list of flood-damaged homes scheduled to be rebuilt
  • A list of mechanical, electrical and plumbing professionals licensed in good standing in a jurisdiction which enforces the respective code, with criminal background checks

Once the lists are approved, homeowners with pre-approved properties may pick up their permits from the Code Enforcement Division's temporary location on the upper level of Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW.  There is no fee for building permits issued for the flood-affected areas of Cedar Rapids. For more information, call (319) 286-5831.   

Online Producer: Nick Jellings

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