Building Codes



The State of Iowa and City of Ames adopt model codes and standards - the International Building Code, for example, 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. 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.

  • 2012 International Building Code (IBC);
  • 2012 International Residential Code (IRC);
  • 2012 International Existing Building Code (IEBC);
  • 2012 International Fire Code (IFC);
  • 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC);
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code (IMC);
  • 2012 Fuel Gas Code (IFGC);
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC);
  • Iowa Code on Manufactured and Modular Structures;
  • Accessibility: ICC A117.1-2009; and,
  • Current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards as referenced by the International Fire Code.

Please contact the Inspection office at 515-239-5153 to understand the locally adopted amendments or click here to be directed to Ames Municipal Code Chapter 5, Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Code.