Permits and Licenses

Commercial Building Permits

In addition to permits, new commercial and addition projects must go through the development review process and be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council. Additionally, Zoning Compliance Form must be submitted for the Planning Services Division for all new, expanding, or relocating businesses to ensure the proposed use and/or changes comply with the zoning of the property. Building permit applications for commercial construction must include the following:

  1. Building Permit Application. If your project requires a GP#2 Permit, you must provide the authorization number. 
  2. Builder's Acknowledgement
  3. Two sets of construction drawings. These plans will become part of the property file and will not be returned.
  4. Construction drawings on disk or via e-mail in .pdf or .tif format.
  5. Site Plan if any outdoor changes are required.
  6. Trade Permit Application, if applicable.
  7. Sign Permit Application, if applicable.

For additional information on commercial building permits visit Commercial Construction & Permits. Applicants wishing to e-mail documentation and applications may send to Kelly Rivera.

 

Fiber Optic Cable License
Fireworks Sales Permit
Lawn Irrigation Permit
Liquor/Beer
For the procedures to be followed prior to requesting a liquor license/beer-wine permit, please click here.  Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division operates an electronic licensing system.  The appropriate electronic application is available on the Iowa ABD website.  New permits as well as renewals are done electronically.  Payment is also done using the Division's electronic funds transfer (EFT) system.
Massage Therapist License
Metro ROW Application
Mobile Food Unit License

In March of 2017 the City of Clive adopted Ordinance 1030 for the permitting and regulation of mobile food units, commonly referred to as “food trucks,” but is applicable to any form of mobile food vending, including push carts, trailers, trucks, etc.  Click here to view the full ordinance.

If you are a Clive business intending to host Mobile Food Vendors on your premise, you are not required to obtain a permit or pay a fee, however there are some guidelines to be aware of. Please ensure that: 1. Only Clive permitted vendors are allowed to operate on your premise 2. Adequate available parking is maintained 3. Adequate egress is maintained to ensure proper access for your patrons as well as emergency vehicles 4. Food trucks only operate during your posted business hours 5. Food trucks arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to you posted opening time for setup and vacate your premise within 30 minutes of your posted closing time (tear down time)

It is unlawful to engage in mobile food vending without first obtaining a mobile food unit license.

Click here to print an application form.

A mobile food unit license is an annual license that expires on April 15 each year and must be renewed prior to the first event after that date

All mobile food units that have cooking facilities or use products with grease laden vapors, (Class III and Class IV state licenses) shall be inspected annually by the Fire Department prior to initiation of business operations within the city.  To schedule an inspection, please call 223-1595.  *Please bring your Mobile Food Unit Permit Application with you to the inspection.  If your mobile food unit has passed inspection in another jurisdiction, your inspection requirement and inspection fee may be waived at the discretion of the Clive Fire Marshal.

After the fire inspection (if applicable), please turn your completed application and application fee(s) in to the Clive City Clerk’s Office at:

636270779051670000.1Clive City Hall
City Clerk’s Office
1900 NW 114th Street
Clive, Iowa  50325

Fee Schedule:

Standard Mobile Food Unit License Fee............. $100 annually
Restricted Mobile Food Unit License Fee........... $50 annually
        - Fresh Raw Produce Sales Only
Class III and IV MFU Fire inspection................. $70 annually

Upon completion of the review process and a determination of compliance with the applicable regulations, the city clerk will issue a mobile food unit license

 

Mobile Food Vending… When and Where?
The statements below are general guidelines that in no way supersede or take the place of any applicable City Code.

636270779048570000.2Public Property/Parks:
No mobile food unit may be operated on public property except as part of an approved event under a Public Property Special Event Permit or within a City Park as authorized by the City of Clive. Requests for authorization to vend within a City Park or greenway (not as part of a City permitted Public Property Special Event) may be submitted no less than five (5) days and no more than fifteen (15) days prior to the requested day of vending.  Vending on public property is limited to the granted hours of the related Public Property Special Event Permit or the posted hours of the corresponding City Park.  Want to vend in a Park?  Call 515-223-5246 First!

 Commercial/Industrial Property:
The mobile food vendor must obtain expressed written consent of the property owner or lessee to use the property on which they propose to operate. The written consent must be kept in the unit at all times that the unit is on the property.  Vending on commercial, industrial or office properties is limited to the posted operating hours of the consenting business hosting the mobile food vendor, unless the vending location is within 300 feet of a residential property, in which case hours would be limited between 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.  Want to vend in a business’s parking lot? Get their written permission First and operate during their hours, unless it’s close to a house!

 Residential Property:
Mobile food units are only allowed to vend on residential properties as part of an approved residential block party or private catering arrangement, so long as it is in compliance with all other city code requirements related to residential property.  Vending on residential property is limited to the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.  Want to vend at a house?  Only if it’s for a permitted block party or if you are catering a private event. 

636270779049800000.3Setup and Teardown:
Mobile food units may typically enter a property up one half hour (30 minutes) prior to the usual posted opening time of the corresponding business or City Park and must depart from the property no later than one half hour (30 minutes) after the usual posted closing time of the corresponding business or City Park.  In the case of operating a mobile food unit on non-residential property where the corresponding business(es) does not have usual posted business operating hours or operates on a 24 hour type basis, the mobile food unit may not remain on the premise for longer than 18 hours and must depart for at least 6 hours before re-entering unless operating under an approved Public Property Special Event permit.  You’ve typically got 30 minutes to setup and 30 minutes to teardown.

Please contact the City Clerk's office if you have any questions:
515-223-6220
mgraham@cityofclive.com

Noise Permit
If a commercial establishment or private residence is planning an event that will include outdoor live or amplified music, a noise permit is required. Permits are issued through the office of the City Clerk. Applicants must furnish payment with the application.

 

Click here to apply online.

or

Click here to print an application.

Administration: (515) 223-6220

Oversize/Overweight Permit
Sign Permits

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. For additional information on commercial sign requirements visit Commercial Construction & Permits.  Residential temporary signs do not require a permit, but do have restrictions; visit Residential Construction & Permits for additional information.

Sign Permit Application
Small Wireless Facility

All Small Wireless Facility applications will be reviewed and approved according to the City of Clive's applicable Right of Way Management Policy

  1. Application for Small Wireless Facility Antenna/Tower Right-of-Way Siting
  2. Small Wireless Facility Special Terms & Conditions, signed
  3. Metro Right-of-Way Permit, completed
  4. Fiber Optic Cable Special Terms and Conditions sheet, signed.
    1. Fiber and handholds/vaults require separate license (permit) and will be approved separately. Click link for Fiber Permit Application.
  5. Plans - Detailed drawing showing location(s) of proposed Small Wireless Facility, location of all existing above-ground poles and facilities within 1,000 feet of the proposed location.
  6. Detailed drawing and photograph of Small Wireless Facility to be installed. Drawing needs to show photo simulations to scale for before and after conditions.
  7. Certification by a certified RF engineer
  8. Written description and plan of the area subject to installation
  9. Structural integrity calculations if proposing a City-owned pole/structure [refer to Policy 15.9.1 Section D. H. (l.)]
  10. Details on proposed pole if installing new pole
  11. Fee as directed on checklist (see last page of Application for Small Wireless Facility Antenna/Tower Right-of-Way Siting
Solicitor Permit

Anyone planning to sell goods door-to-door within the City of Clive must apply for a Solicitor Permit. Permits are issued through the City Clerk's office.


Solicitor Permit

Persons calling on residents door-to-door, selling anything of value, soliciting orders, sales or subscriptions must apply for a solicitor permit. Applicants must furnish payment and appropriate documents with the application.

Click here for a Solicitor Permit application.

Door Hanger Permit

Solicitors whose business is limited to hanging information on residences' doors (door hangers) are required to complete an application form.

Click here for a "Door Hanger" Permit application

Special Event (Public Property)
Organizations planning to conduct a special event on public property, are required to conduct the event in accordance with the general guidelines and requirements as established in city ordinance.  The guidelines apply to special outdoor events that would be held on publicly owned property.  Receiving approval from the City of Clive does not preclude responsibility for any additional permits, approvals or state and federal regulations.  The City reserves the right to impose special guidelines and restrictions based on the nature of the proposed event and its attendance circumstances.

 

Click here an application packet.  Application packets are also available at the City Clerk’s office, 1900 NW 114th St.  Completed applications must also be submitted to the City Clerk’s office along with a $75 application fee at least 30 days prior the event date. 

Temporary Site Plan (Outdoor Events)

The City recognizes that on occasion businesses would like to have events outside of the physical building.  Opportunities available for businesses include outdoor sales events and seasonal sales events.  In certain cases, the City Council also grants temporary site plans for special outdoor events including charity events, open houses, grand openings, and ground breaking ceremonies.  All temporary site plans require a basic site plan be submitted with the application. The plan must show the building(s), parking, access points, and event location in relation to other site elements. See below for an example site plan. A certificate of flame resistance must be submitted with the temporary site plan application if tents are to be used. Refer to Temporary Site Plan Requests for more information.

Application for Temporary Site Plan

Tobacco/Nicotine/Vapor Permit
A permit to sell cigarettes, tobacco, nicotine, vapor are issued through the City Clerk's office. Visit the State of Iowa website at http://iowaabd.com/tobacco or call (800) 572-3943 to request Form# 70-014.

Administration: (515) 223-6220
Zoning Compliance (New, Expanding, or Relocating Businesses)

Zoning Compliance is required for all new, expanding, or relocating businesses prior to occupancy. Planning Services reviews requests for Zoning Compliance to ensure requirements of the Zoning Ordinance have been met.

Application for Zoning Compliance Certification
Accessory Buildings & Structures

Accessory buildings and structures almost always need a permit, however, they both use the same permit forms.


ACCESSORY BUILDINGS

Accessory buildings are subordinate to, and serve a purpose customarily incidental to, the principal building and is covered by a roof.  Examples of accessory buildings include sheds, detached garages, and gazebos. A site plan indicating the intended location of the building is required with the permit application. 

ACCESSORY STRUCTURES
Accessory structures are similar to accessory buildings in that they are subordinate and incidental to the principal building, but accessory structures are not enclosed and do not have a roof. Fences, decks, pools, dog runs, flagpoles, and sport courts are a few examples of accessory structures. A site plan indicating the intended location of the structure must be provided with the permit application.
Commercial Building Permits

In addition to permits, new commercial and addition projects must go through the development review process and be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council. Additionally, Zoning Compliance Form must be submitted for the Planning Services Division for all new, expanding, or relocating businesses to ensure the proposed use and/or changes comply with the zoning of the property. Building permit applications for commercial construction must include the following:

  1. Building Permit Application. If your project requires a GP#2 Permit, you must provide the authorization number. 
  2. Builder's Acknowledgement
  3. Two sets of construction drawings. These plans will become part of the property file and will not be returned.
  4. Construction drawings on disk or via e-mail in .pdf or .tif format.
  5. Site Plan if any outdoor changes are required.
  6. Trade Permit Application, if applicable.
  7. Sign Permit Application, if applicable.

For additional information on commercial building permits visit Commercial Construction & Permits. Applicants wishing to e-mail documentation and applications may send to Kelly Rivera.

Construction Drawings
For additional information on construction drawings, visit Development Review & Zoning Compliance.

Construction Drawings Application
Floodplain Development Application
For additional information about floodplain development, visit Building Responsibly in a Special Flood Hazard Area.

Floodplain Development Application
Plat Application
For more information about the platting process, visit Development Review & Zoning Compliance.

Preliminary Plat Application
Final Plat Application
Residential Building Permits

New residential construction, addition, and remodel projects require building permits. Permit applications must include the following:

  1. Building Permit Application All new construction requires a GP#2 Permit, you must provide the authorization number.
  2. Builder's Acknowledgement 
  3. Plan Submittal Checklist for New Construction or Additions & Remodels.
  4. Site plan for new construction and additions.
  5. One set of construction drawings. The plan set will become part of the address file and will not be returned.
  6. New construction and additions require a completed energy worksheet or scope of work from a 3rd party inspection provider for energy code compliance. Additionally, a Manual J&D analysis report is required for compliance with the 2012 IECC. 
  7. Top Soil Agreement for new construction within plats approved after October 1, 2012.
  8. Trade Permit Application, if applicable.
For additional information visit Residential Construction & Permits. Applicants wishing to e-mail documentation or applications may send to Kelly Rivera.
Rezoning
For additional information on rezoning requests, visit Development Review & Zoning Compliance.

Rezoning Application
Sign Permit Application

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. For additional information on commercial sign requirements visit Commercial Construction & Permits.  Residential temporary signs do not require a permit, but do have restrictions; visit Residential Construction & Permits for additional information.

Sign Permit Application
Site Plan Application
For additional information about Site Plans, Site Plan Amendments, or the Development Review Process, visit Development Review & Zoning Compliance.

Site Plan and Site Plan Amendment Application
Special Use Permit Application
For more information on the special use permit process, visit Variances & Special Use Permits.

Special Use Permit Application
Trade Permit
No work will be performed on electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems without first obtaining a trade permit. When applying for a trade permit, the contractor's license will be verified through the state's database to ensure compliance with the state code.

Trade Permit Application
Variance Application
For more information on the variance process, visit Variances & Special Use Permits.

Variance Application
Accessory Buildings & Structures

Accessory buildings and structures use the same permit forms. For additional information on construction requirements, visit Accessory Buildings & Structures.


ACCESSORY BUILDINGS

Accessory buildings are subordinate to, and serve a purpose customarily incidental to, the principal building.  Examples of Accessory Buildings include sheds, detached garages, and gazebos. A site plan indicating the intended location of the building is required with the permit application. 

ACCESSORY STRUCTURES
Accessory structures are similar to accessory buildings in that they are subordinate and incidental to the principal building, but accessory structures are not enclosed and do not have a roof. Fences, decks, pools, dog runs, flagpoles, and sport courts are a few examples of accessory structures. A site plan indicating the intended location of the structure must be provided with the permit application. 
Block Party Permit

Applications should be submitted to the Clive Parks & Recreation department. Applicants must furnish a $25 refundable deposit with the block party permit application. A 21-day advance notice is required.

Click here for a Block Party Permit application.

Note: If the event includes amplified music, a noise permit is also required.

Parks and Recreation: (515) 223-5246
Dog and Cat Licensing
Floodplain Development Application
For additional information about floodplain development, visit Building Responsibly in a Special Flood Hazard Area.

Floodplain Development Application
Home Occupation Registration
For more information about Home Occupations, visit Home Occupations.

Home Occupation Permit Application
Lawn Irrigation Permit
Noise Permit
If a commercial establishment or private residence is planning an event that will include outdoor live or amplified music, a noise permit is required. Permits are issued through the office of the City Clerk. Applicants must furnish payment with the application.

 

Click here to apply online.

or

Click here to print an application.

Administration: (515) 223-6220

Residential Building Permits

New residential construction, addition, and remodel projects require building permits. Permit applications must include the following:

  1. Building Permit Application All new construction requires a GP#2 Permit, you must provide the authorization number.
  2. Builder's Acknowledgement 
  3. Plan Submittal Checklist for New Construction or Additions & Remodels.
  4. Site plan for new construction and additions.
  5. One set of construction drawings. The plan set will become part of the address file and will not be returned.
  6. New construction and additions require a completed energy worksheet or scope of work from a 3rd party inspection provider for energy code compliance. Additionally, a Manual J&D analysis report is required for compliance with the 2012 IECC. 
  7. Top Soil Agreement for new construction within plats approved after October 1, 2012.
  8. Trade Permit Application, if applicable.
For additional information visit Residential Construction & Permits. Applicants wishing to e-mail documentation or applications may send to Kelly Rivera.
Solicitor Permit

Anyone planning to sell goods door-to-door within the City of Clive must apply for a Solicitor Permit. Permits are issued through the City Clerk's office.


Solicitor Permit

Persons calling on residents door-to-door, selling anything of value, soliciting orders, sales or subscriptions must apply for a solicitor permit. Applicants must furnish payment and appropriate documents with the application.

Click here for a Solicitor Permit application.

Door Hanger Permit

Solicitors whose business is limited to hanging information on residences' doors (door hangers) are required to complete an application form.

Click here for a "Door Hanger" Permit application

Please note, fillable PDFs must be saved to your computer before completing the information in order for your changes to be saved.