Housing & Rental Property

Urbandale has adopted the International Property Maintenance Code 2012 Edition,
with amendments that are incorporated in Urbandale Ordinance No. 2015-05 Chapter 151
Single-Family or Duplex Certificates are valid for Two years.
To apply for a Single-Family or Duplex:
1.    Fill out the Housing Inspection Application (PDF)
2.    Submit the application and pay the fee
3.    Schedule an inspection by calling 515-278-3930  
All Single-Family and Duplex inspections are conducted by City Staff.
Multi-Family Certificates are valid for One year.
For 2016 Multi-Family
buildings are required to:
1.    Fill out the Housing Inspection Application (PDF)
2.    Submit the application and fee.
3.    Schedule an inspection calling 515-278-3930
4.    Inspections will be conducted by City Staff.
5.    Inspections should be scheduled and completed by June 30, 2016
Completed applications or checklist  may be submitted to:
Mail - Building Services Department, 3600 86th St. Urbandale, IA 50322
Fax - 515-278-3927
Email -
Some common items that typically need to be addressed:
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) protected receptacles are required in all bathrooms.
  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) present in the dwelling or building must be properly bonded.
  • Smoke Detectors are required in each bedroom, in the hall outside each bedroom and one on each level. These detectors may be battery operated and the State Fire Marshall requires any new smoke detector installed or replaced after 4/1/2010 must be a dual-sensor detector.

    If renovation work is being done on any housing built before 1978, the Iowa Department of Public Health Lead Bureau should be contacted at 1-800-972-2026.

    The Urbandale Fire Code (PDF) requires multi-family buildings with automatic fire alarm systems to be monitored by an approved UL listed remote station in accordance with NFPA 72, to provide for the immediate and automatic notification of the Fire Department. Questions can be answered by the Urbandale Fire Department, 515-278-3970.

    For more information:  
    Call 515-278-3935 or email the Department
    Additional Housing Information can also be found at:

    Information on Mold and Mildew
    EPA - Guide to Mold and Moisture (PDF)
    EPA - Mold Course
    Download EPA Mold Course (5.5M PDF) (Click Here)
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