Building Codes



The State of Iowa and City of Ames adopt model codes and standards, as do most cities and states nationwide. The adopted model codes are amended for specific local differences, such as climate, frost, snow, seismic, and wind conditions, and administrative procedures.

You may select the links below for amendments to specific codes or click here to be directed to Ames Municipal Code Chapter 5, Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Code.

The adopted codes are part of state and local law, and are enforceable as such. The codes are minimum safety standards for the construction of buildings and the systems that are essential to the functioning of  buildings. The model codes are available for public view at the Ames Public Library, City Clerk's office, and Inspection Division office. They can also be purchased on line at all major booksellers and construction book websites.