Building in Ely

Information about building permits provided by the City of Ely. (To update information, add or delete to the listings presented, please contact City Hall.)

The construction regulations of the City of Ely have adopted the 2015 IBC/IRC Building code requirements. For more information regarding Planning & Zoning, please refer to the “planning and zoning page”.



Building permits are required for all construction, renovation, additions or improvements to your home, accessory building or business. Prior to submitting an application, please review the Building Permit Policy for Construction in Ely listed below.


To apply for a demolition application, download and fill out the Demolition Permit.

If you plan on doing work within the City’s easement or right of way, download and fill out the Right of Way Permit Application.


Permit Applications


Please complete the necessary permit application and submit with payment in care of: City of Ely
Payment can be made via phone with credit card by contacting 319-848-4103 Ext. #1 (includes service fee)

Po Box #248
Ely, Iowa 52227

Hand Deliver:
1570 Rowley Street
Ely, Iowa 52227

Via Email:

* NOTE: Permits will not be issues until permit application and payment is received

If you have not received your permit within 10 days please contact the City of Ely’s Building Department at: 319-848-4103 Ext. #4 OR email