A.   No person shall proceed to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, remodel, convert, remove, move or demolish any building or structure in the city or cause the same to be done, when the cost of such activity shall exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), without first making application for and receiving a permit on a form furnished by the building and zoning officer and obtained at least five (5) days prior to such action. The failure to obtain a permit as required under this section shall be a violation of this code. In addition to any other penalties which may be imposed, the permit fee established for the action under section 8-1-4 of this chapter shall be doubled in the case of any permit which is applied for less than five (5) days before the commencement of the activity for which the permit is required.
   B.   To obtain a permit, the applicant shall first file an application therefor in writing on a form furnished for that purpose. Every applicant shall:
      1.   Location And Size: Stake out the exact location and size of the building or structure on the lot or tract of land showing the front and side yard setbacks from property lines and the permanent corner stakes of the tract. This will be checked by the building and zoning officer before the applicant is issued a building permit.
      2.   Description: Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done by lot, block, name of subdivision and legal description. A sketch or plat of the tract shall also be provided. The person will be furnished a number for said building or structure and also name of street or avenue.
      3.   Use: Indicate the use of all parts of the building or structure.
      4.   Plans: One set of plans and specifications shall accompany each application for building or structure. These plans and specifications shall be drawn to scale upon substantial paper or cloth and of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code. The first sheet of each set of plans shall give the building or structure number and address of the proposed work and also name and address of the owner and also who prepared the plans. These plans shall include a plot plan showing the exact location of the proposed building or structure and every structure on the property. The building and zoning officer may require plans and specifications to be prepared and designed by an engineer or architect licensed by the state of Iowa.
      5.   Final Surface Grade: The final surface grade shall be measured from the lot line at the established sidewalk grade or, if no sidewalk grade has been established, from a grade determined by the department of public works. The grade shall be three-eighths of an inch (3/8") per foot for the first twenty five feet (25') and one-fourth of an inch (1/4") per foot for any additional setback in excess of twenty five feet (25').
The final surface grade for a particular parcel may be established at a grade different than that prescribed herein, upon the approval of the superintendent of public works.
The superintendent of public works may also require a site drainage plan certified by a registered engineer or architect.
      6.   Application Signatures: The application shall be signed by the permittee or authorized agent.
      7.   No Changes After Approval: Issuance of a permit and approval of plans and specifications shall not permit the permittee to make any changes in the plans or to place buildings or structures in different locations or to make other changes without the authority of the building and zoning officer. The permit shall be declared invalid, and the party or parties shall be in violation of the provisions of this code if incorrect information is given.
      8.   Numbers On Dwellings 1 : The owner shall place the proper number on the front or main entrance of every building, and the color and size of the numbers shall be large enough to be visible from the street. The color shall be in contrast to the background (black on white). (Ord. 13; Ord. 200, 11-1-1976; Ord. 349, 7-6-1987; Ord. 392, 10-1-1990; 1991 Code)



1. See also title 5, chapter 3 of this code.