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Located in the rolling Loess Hills along the Missouri River, Sioux City is one of the country’s most affordable cities. To work as a general contractor, plumber, or electrician, you’ll need to obtain the proper permits, licenses, and insurance. Here is what you’ll need to know to start building in Sioux City, Iowa.
Before starting your construction project in Sioux City, you’ll need to obtain a building permit. You need a building permit to ensure code compliance for structural integrity and maximum life safety for building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.
You’ll need a building permit for any construction work completed on a building that is regulated by the building code. If you are unsure if you need a permit, call (712) 224-5216.
To get a permit, you must provide the approximate cost of the work, site plans, foundation plans, and floor plans. You need to submit these plans for a detailed review of how the work will be completed.
You will also have to pay the building permit fee based on the valuation of construction. A valuation and fee schedule is available online and at the Building Services Division.
Before you finish your construction project, you need a building inspection. Building inspectors give on-site inspections to make sure the project is safe and secure for the occupants once the build is complete.
If you need to contact your inspector, go to the inspector’s office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or call at (712) 224-5216.
If you are a contractor in Iowa, and you make more than $2,000 a year, you need a license. General contractors need to register with the Iowa Division of Labor, electricians register with the Electrical Division of the State Fire Marshall, and plumbers register with the Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board.
Apply for a license at least 30 days before your project starts, as it may take that long to process the license.
Along with Licenses, Sioux City makes contractors obtain liability coverage or bonds. Contractor Liability insurance is important because it protects both you and your workers in the case of an accident. Insurance agencies offer special types of coverage for companies performing construction work. Contact your local agency to find out which plan is right for you.
Every contractor performing work in the city, as well as any homeowner acting as a general contractor, must fill out a contractor bond form if the project valuation is more than $10,000.
Sometimes contractors need to rent equipment to finish the job. For many jobs in Sioux City, you will need aerial equipment such as Boom Lifts, Scissor Lifts, Forklifts, or Manlifts. The type of project you are doing will determine which equipment you will need. BigRentz can help with all your rental needs and help you on your way to a successful build.