Building Permit Forms

    Below are the building and trade related application forms. Included in this form list are also the covenants for certain neighborhoods within the City of Van Meter as well as the City’s Tax Abatement Application. All new construction and remodel projects may qualify for tax abatement if the project increases the assessed value of the property by a minimum of 15% and the project is located within the City's Urban Revitalization Area or a plat eligible for tax abatement. Additional information about the City’s tax abatement program can be viewed in the City’s Urban Revitalization Plan found here. All inspections are performed by Safe Building - 515-333-4161. Applications can be submitted to City Hall at 


    Title File

    Building Permit Application

    A building permit application is required for ANY new construction, remodel, or property addition within the Van Meter city limits. Safe Building determines fees, and City Hall will contact you with the fee amount once the permit has been approved. Please review the Safe Building Permit Fee Schedule BEFORE proceeding because once a building permit has been turned into City Hall, the homeowner is responsible for ALL permitting fees, EVEN if the build doesn’t happen. Building permits are good for one year, and the work authorized must begin within 180 days of the permit approval. Inspections ARE REQUIRED, and the list of REQUIRED inspections can be found on page two of the building permit application.



    Trade Permit

    A trade permit application is required for ANY mechanical, plumbing, or electrical work for new construction and home remodels. Costs are $75.00 per trade permit, and Payment must be submitted with completed trade permit applications before permit applications will be sent to our building inspectors, Safe Building. All trade work (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.) It MUST be inspected after work is completed. Additional permits may be required with some trade permit requests.


    Inspection Procedures PDF
    Cold Weather Concrete Policy PDF

    Tax Abatement Application

    Applications must be completed and returned to City Hall. Applications will be presented at the first Council meeting of each month. If a tax abatement is approved, the applicant MUST contact the Dallas County Assessor at (515)993-5802 to inspect the property before applying.


    Whispering Pines Covenants PDF
    Crestview Covenants PDF
    Hickory Lodge Covenants Plat 5 PDF
    Shed Requirements PDF

    Board of Adjustment Appeal

    Any Board of Adjustment meeting request must be submitted in writing with a completed BOA Request form. The completed form and any supporting documentation must be returned to City Hall. The completed application will be presented to the Board of Adjustment committee and, if applicable, to the City Council.