201 East Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060
(563) 652-2484

Building Department

Mallory Smith, Building Inspector
Maquoketa City Hall
201 East Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060
Phone: 563-652-2484
Email: inspector@maquoketaia.com

Building Permits

Building permits are required for most projects, with a fee based on project value. Maquoketa enforces its zoning code but does not currently have a building inspection code that would include construction inspections. The State of Iowa may have permit requirements for electrical projects, please check at State Fire Marshall – electrical and for the latest information. The State of Iowa licenses generalelectricalplumbing and mechanical contractors, click on the category to search.

Effective December 1, 2020 International Residential Code 2018, International Building Code 2018 and National Fire Protection Administration 101 2018 are in effect in the City of Maquoketa.

A building permit form can be picked up at City Hall and a guide is available to answer basic questions about completing the form. For projects will less detailed please include a Building Spec Sheet. Please refer to the Building Permit Fee Schedule to estimate the cost of your application.

For questions about building permits or to schedule inspections please contact the Building Department, contact information is listed above.

Rental Registration & Inspections

Maquoketa’s rental registration and inspection program is designed to protect the health and safety of tenants and their neighbors. It also serves to encourage good property maintenance. Click on the link for a list of Maquoketa Rental Property Standards. Rental properties are registered annually and inspected at least once every three years. Before being offered for rent, a new rental property must be registered with the City.

If you see a problem in a rental property that is not being addressed you may be able to request an inspection by filing a complaint. Please use the Inspection Request Form to share your concern.

Eviction Workshop Video – A 50 minute video of a workshop done on Zoom on November 10, 2020.


The City of Maquoketa is divided into 10 zoning districts each with specific requirements for uses, setbacks, height and parking. If you have questions about an upcoming construction project or remodeling please contact City Hall for the rules specific to your area. To see the residential setback requirements for all three residential zones click here. For regulations regarding accessory buildings such as garages and sheds click here.

Below are some frequently asked questions about zoning, for more information please contact Maquoketa City Hall, 201 East Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060, 563-652-2484.

Building permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system. Building permits are required for permanent signs, pools, fences, demolition and right-of-way work.

Yes, a building permit is needed.

Fences require a building permit and are limited to 6 feet high in the side and rear yards and 3 or 4 feet high in the front yard.

No, to be certain of the location of your property lines consult a surveyor.

Corner lots are considered to have two frontages so they must meet the setback requirements for front yard on both sides facing streets.

The front setback starts at the point where the property abuts the public right-of-way. The best way to find this line is with a survey. There are two improvised methods that can be used to find approximately where a property begins:

  1. Contact City Hall to learn the width of the street right-of-way (usually 50 or 60 feet). From the center of the street, measure half that distance of the street right-of-way.
  2. If there is a sidewalk, it is likely located inside the right-of-way close to the property line.

When a property owner cannot be granted a building permit under the zoning regulations, he/she may apply for a variance which is permission to vary from the rules.

Download and complete a variance application or get a copy of the form at City Hall. Return the signed variance application along with the fee to City Hall. A public hearing will be set with the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to consider the application. Notice will be published in the newspaper and mailed to property owners within 200 feet.

Yes, but special requirements exist which are listed below. Installing a mobile home in a Mobile Home Park or in a residential area requires a building permit.

  1. The home shall be located in a R-1 or R-2 district of the City of Maquoketa.
  2. The home shall comply in all respects with the zoning regulations applicable to the R-1 zone.
  3. The home shall have a permanent foundation system, in all respects the same as the foundation required of a site-built home.
  4. The home shall meet minimum square footage requirement of a site built home which is nine hundred and sixty square feet.

Businesses in residential neighborhoods are known as home occupations and they are regulated in Title 5 of the Code of Ordinances. Please consult with the Property Maintenance Inspector about your home business.