Building Inspector & Code Compliance Officer
Please click here to download a building permit application. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Nichols at Adel City Hall or email him by clicking the link above.
Zoning Code and Map
Please click here for information about the City's zoning code and map.
Residential Tax Abatement Program
Please click here for information on the City's Residential Tax Abatement Program.
Vacant Building Permits
The City of Adel is concerned about vacant buildings that have become dangerous, unsafe, or are in a state of disrepair. Buildings that are vacant can become a blight, may cause neighborhood deterioration, create instability, and may have an adverse effect on adjacent or nearby properties. Buildings that are vacant and not properly secured attract vagrants and criminals, and are prime locations to conduct illegal activities, including arson and drug use. These buildings also attract nuisances such as graffiti, dumping of trash, vandalism, and illegal parking of junk vehicles.
On May 14, 2013, the Adel City Council passed Ordinance No. 289, An Ordinance Establishing a Vacant Building Permit and Inspection Process. This ordinance applies to all commercial, manufacturing, industrial, and mixed-use occupancy buildings in the City of Adel that are vacant. Any building that is vacant for 30 consecutive days is required to complete a Vacant Building Registration Statement.
While the ordinance became effective June 1, 2013, the City allowed a one-year grace period so that businesses might become aware of the ordinance. On May 1, 2014, the City began enforcement of Ordinance No. 289.
If the building or structure is vacant, or partially vacant for greater than 180 days, an inspection will be completed and an annual permit fee of $0.06 per square foot of vacant floor space will be charged. This annual permit fee will cover the City's cost for program administration and required inspections.
The intent of this program is to preserve and promote the public health, safety, prosperity, and general welfare of the City, and to abate and prevent public and private nuisances and potential fire hazards.
Please click here to download a tri-fold brochure explaining the program.
Please click here to download Ordinance No. 289.
Please click here to download the Vacant Building Registration Statement.