Commercial Construction & Permits
General contractors must adhere to state requirements for registration, etc.
No work will be performed on electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems without first obtaining a trade permit or providing the required information to the City. Trade contractors wishing to work in Clive must be licensed through the appropriate state agencies. License must be presented at time of permitting.
As of January 1, 2020, subcontractor information is collected on the building permit application and no separate trade permit will be required.
If the planned work is not a part of project requiring a building permit, e.g. service panel update, furnace replacement, etc., a Trade Permit Application must be submitted along with the required fee.
Inspections are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and require minimum 24 hours notice. No inspection will be scheduled if the required permits have not been processed, approved and paid. To schedule an inspection, please call Community Development at 515-223-6221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessory Buildings & Structures
Accessory buildings and structures include sheds, pergolas, fences, decks, etc. Visit Accessory Buildings & Structures for more information.
A sign permit is required for all new signs and changes to existing signs, including replacing sign panels. A color rendering of the proposed sign must be submitted with sign permit applications. Refer to City Code Section 11-12: Signs for additional information.
BUILDING MOUNTED SIGNS
Sign Area: 1.5 square feet per lineal foot of tenant or building frontage, up to a maximum of 100 square feet. If the sign is setback 250 feet or more from the public right-of-way, 2 square feet per lineal foot of tenant or building frontage, up to a maximum of 200 square feet.
Design Requirements: Comprised of channel letters with minimum 1" thickness. Internally illuminated push through or routed letters are also permitted. Panel signs are no longer allowed within Clive, and all existing panel signs are considered non-conforming.
GROUND MOUNTED SIGNS
Location: Minimum setback from the property line is 5 feet. Commercial properties may have more than 1 ground mounted sign based on allowed sign area, but all signs must be separated by no less than 50 feet.
Sign Area and Height: Allowed sign area is dictated by sign setback. Maximum sign area ranges from 15 square feet up to 75 square feet. Properties with 500 feet or more in street frontage are allotted up to 150 square feet of sign area, dependent on sign setback and minimum sign separation requirements. Sign height is dictated by sign setback and ranges from 5 feet to 15 feet. Contact Community Development for additional information.
Design Requirements: Minimum 12" sign base and 6" sign surround constructed of materials similar to the principle building, such as brick, stone, block, or architectural paneling, is required. Multi-tenant signs must use a consistent background color for each sign blade. Changeable copy is allowed with restrictions for event centers, convenience stores, schools, churches, and public facilities.
Properties with Interstate frontage should contact Community Development to discuss sign options.
Time frame: Business and tenants are allowed temporary signs up to 6 periods annually, with each period not to exceed 14 days. Temporary sign periods may be used consecutively.
Location: Must be located on private property and minimum 5 feet setback from the property line. No temporary signs are allowed in city right-of-way. Multiple temporary signs may be permitted, but must be separated by a minimum of 10 feet.
Sign Area and Height: Temporary signs cannot exceed 35 square feet in sign area. When multiple temporary signs are in use, all signs combined cannot exceed the maximum 35 square feet. Temporary signs are limited to 6 feet in height, with the exception of air animated displays (a.k.a. sky dancers, tube men, etc.) limited to 8 feet in height. An additional 35 square feet of temporary signage is allowed for non-commercial speech. Non-commercial speech temporary signs are allowed on an existing permitted structure, such as a fence, even if the structure does not meet the 5 feet property line setback.
Design Requirements: Yard signs, detached rigid signs, attached or detached banners, A-frame style, air animated displays (a.k.a. sky dancers, tube men, etc.), and bag signs are permissible.
Location: Minimum setback from property line is equal to the height of the flagpole. Commercial properties are permitted up to 2 flag poles.
Height: Maximum height of 35 feet.
Flag Area: Up to 30 square feet of commercial flag area or up to 60 square feet of non-commercial flag area is allowed on each flag pole. The flag of the United States and the State of Iowa are non-commercial flags.
NOTE: Until further notice all projects must be submitted via e-mail to Kelly Rivera due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New commercial and addition projects must go through Development Review and Zoning Compliance and be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council. Commercial remodel projects do not need Planning and Zoning/Council approval, however, the owner/developer may have to update landscaping, etc. if not compliant with the originally approved site plan. The submittal packet for commercial construction must include the following:
- Application for Building Permit All information on the left side of the form must be provided for complete submission. Please note that beginning January 1, 2020, subcontractor information will be collected on the building permit and separate trade permits will no longer be needed.
- Builder's Acknowledgement
- Two sets of construction drawings. These plans will become part of the property file and will not be returned.
- Construction drawings on disk or via e-mail in .pdf format.
Please note that the above permits are fillable, but must be downloaded and saved to your desktop/computer. Once you have filled out the form, please ensure it is saved again before submitting.
Applicants wishing to e-mail documentation or applications may send to Kelly Rivera.