BUILDING CODES & CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION
Phone: (785) 229-3620
The purpose of building codes division is to protect the safety, health and welfare of the public
and preserve property values through the reasonable application of building codes and
standards relative to the construction and use of buildings and property.
The following is a list of the codes that the City of Ottawa has adopted. A copy of these codes and amendments are available to view at the Ottawa Public Library. Should you have any questions concerning these codes please contact the City of Ottawa Community Development Department.
International Residential One and Two Family Dwelling Code, 2018 Edition
International Building Code, 2018 Edition
International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 Edition
International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 Edition
International Mechanical Code, 2018 Edition
International Plumbing Code, 2018 Edition
International Fire Code, 2018 Edition
Private Sewage Disposal City Ordinance
International Property Maintenance Code, 2018 Edition
National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition
For local amendments to the adopted codes Click Here
A Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) is required for any land disturbance of one acre or more per Ottawa’s Municipal Code Chapter 14 Article III. Land disturbance includes any activity that changes the physical conditions of landform, vegetation, and hydrology, creates bare soil, or otherwise may cause erosion or sedimentation. Activities include, but are not limited to: clearing, grading, excavating, removal of vegetation, stripping, grubbing, filling, logging, and storing of materials. Any new development or redevelopment that cumulatively disturbs one acre or more, must also obtain a LDP. Please contact the Stormwater Coordinator at 785-229-3632 or with your plans before initiating work. The City has provided a guidance document Land Disturbance Permit Worksheet to aid in determining whether a LDP is required. If your activities qualify for a Land Disturbance Permit, please fill out the application below and follow the submittal instructions. Click here to download a pdf version of the LDP application.
Construction Board of Appeals
The Construction Board of Appeals is a seven member group that is appointed by the City Commission and the role of the Board is to hear appeals or requests for changes in the building codes. Meetings are called as needed. In order to seek an appeal contact the Chief Building Official.
For more information on signs view Article 27 of the Zoning Regulations