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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.


Adopted codes

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


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. 


Contractor Licensing

Credit Card Form

Licensing Ordinance

Contractors License Application


Permit Applications

Building Permit

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Worksheet

Sign Permit 

For more information on signs view Article 27 of the Zoning Regulations


Permit Fees

Relative Links


Fence Brochure 

Pool Brochure 

Residential Construction Brochure 

Commercial Construction Brochure 

House Moving Brochure

House Number Brochure 

Site Triangle Brochure


Technical Information

Footing & Foundation Requirements

Site Drawing Example

Driveway Site Plan Example  

Building Evaluation Form